2012 has been very eventful, as an Indian. For a while It felt like change is in the air. But then the other day a friend reminded me the famous quote from Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“—”the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing”, usually translated as “the more things change, the more they stay the same. How true and deep and apt for how 2012 turned out for the Indian in me.
1) You cannot have a revolution through FB and Twitter: If only 10% of the people who liked “India Against Corruption campaigns” appeared at the rallies and protests then we would be today living in a new India. Stop liking on Facebook, starting shouting slogans in Jantar Mantar or wherever your fight takes you. 3 cheers to all the Delhi Gang Rape protesters- really proud of you. You made the Indian state shiver.
2) You just can’t beat the Indian politician: When it comes to being thick skinned no one can beat Indian politicians- they can turn a serious argument into ridicule and vice versa.
3) Bureaucracy is permanent: Bureaucracy is a institution in itself with the job of protecting and promoting itself. They control this country and I wonder who controls them.
4) 60% tax and Lathi’s : The bumper deal of living in India is simple- pay more than 60% tax and some lathi’s complimentary at the discretion of GOI. And yes we are the world’s largest democracy. If your name doesn’t come in a Government Gazzette then you don’t exist, your life doesn’t matter.
5) If you are Indian Female- don’t be born or immigrate: We will either nip you in the bud or abuse you when you grow up. And if you are our wife, sister or daughter or daughter in law- we own you, end of story. so immigrate or fight- don’t shut up.
6) Embrace Politics: If you want to make a difference you have to join politics- either stand, or vote or get few people to vote for the right candidate.