Quis custodiet ipsos custodes is a Latin saying which means who will guard the guards! This is so true in today’s times! In Marathi there is a saying शेळीने कुंपण खाल्ले ! If your own sheep eats the bushes on the compound, there is nothing you can do about it! We see so many examples of this type of acts and behavior in our society that when I read the Latin saying, I became very agitated. I always avoid writing about things involving politics as there are too many experts in this field. My anguish would not let me sleep well! This blog is my anguish about the people who care two hoots for the nation.
During the British Raj in India, British had built a monument about 25 kms from Pune, the so called Vijay Stambh (Victory Monument)! It was to celebrate their victory against Peshwas about 200 years back. Peshwas were like Prime Ministers or Chief Executives of the then Kings. When you have foreign rule for a long time, it is inevitable that some people will work for rulers as officers, clerks, soldiers and in many other professions. It has mainly to do with their earning of livelihood and not about their allegiance with the ruler! The British army had soldiers from the so called lower caste to fight for the them. Peshwas also had soldiers from that same caste plus they also had soldiers from upper caste; Peshwas themselves were from the Top Echelons of the Society.
On the new year eve this year the lower caste people for some reason decided to celebrate the 200 years of “the victory”. Why they invited “firebrand” politicians from different states in India, only they will be able to explain. This event was converted into political jamboree and was publicized as “Celebration of Lower Caste Victory over Upper Caste”. Firstly people forget that it was the British victory and not the “Lower Caste Victory”. I am sure that without British Generals, there would have been no victory to celebrate! With current state of terrorism and economic uncertainty world over, we don’t need such stupid events. But our own people are creating an uncertain and dangerous atmosphere in the nation. This event led to riots and protests all over the state of Maharashtra; the state was held to ransom for a few days!
I remember a caricature where the common man in India tells a group of terrorists to go on a holiday, he says we have enough amongst us who will take the nation down! For this event, we had one lady whose only qualification was that her son had committed suicide while completing his PhD! Reason, some social issues and probably poverty! She has now become a leader! Another was young PhD student from JNU whose main qualification is that he fearlessly shouted anti India slogans and was big supporter of a terrorist who was hanged for the act of terror against the state of India. One more guy got recently elected to Gujarat assembly and has vocabulary to incite the crowd! These are called firebrand leaders these days! I thought Bhagat singh and Rajguru were firebrand leaders! And so was Lokmanya Tilak. They were fighting against the enemy and not against own people. Current fire brand leaders are fighting in the same spirit against the nation; they feel that only they and their ilk are the ones who have difficulties in life!
This is a cancer that is spreading fast in our nation and needs to be arrested. I don’t care if such guys are from lower, middle or upper caste! Cancer is cancer and needs to “arrested” and cut off as per needs of the situation. After all what is cancer? These are same “good” cells in our body which have “cancerous” thoughts, like the latest Fire Brand leaders. Those of us, who have similar thought process, for the uplift our nation, should come together and act! It does not mean that we have riots and hold people to ransom. We should talk openly with each other, about such “cancerous” thought process. Those who can, should write in newspapers or blogs or where ever they can write! Another thought that always comes to mind is that, people have time on hand to take part in such acts! We should come together as people and try and create more work for everybody. When one is gainfully busy, one does not get time to take part in such events.
As usual, I am taking help of a Hindi Movie song to take my thoughts forward. I have displayed partial lyrics from a song, below. Hindi movie songs is another subject which calls for discussion, but let’s do it some other time.
Also, my apologies as I am not a linguist. I have tried my best to explain the gist of the meaning from the lyrics.
chingaaree koee bhadake,
to saawan use buzaaye
saawan jo agan lagaaye,
use kaun buzaaye?
This means that if there is fire created because of sparks, rains will douse it! But if the rains stoke the fires then who will douse them!
koee dushman thhens lagaaye,
to meet jiyaa bahalaaye
manameet jo ghaanw lagaaye,
use kaun mitaye?
We may stumble because of an enemy, then there are your own near and dear ones who will help you overcome the trauma! But if your near and dear ones back stab you who will help you overcome it?
mazadhaar mein naiyyaa dole,
to maanzee paar lagaaye
maanzee jo naaw dooboye use kaun bachaaye?
Your boat may sway and tumble in a storm but there is the boatman who will bring it under control! But if the boatman himself sinks the boat who will save you? .
Any thought process that goes against the nation is an absolute no! I hope all of us will give an opportunity to goodness which is there within each of us, a chance to overcome incorrect thoughts and acts!
I am ending with a great thought I found on the net.
One of Socrates’ interlocutors in the Republic, Glaucon, says “it would be absurd that a guardian should need a guard.” But Socrates returns to this point at 590d, where he says that the best person “has a divine ruler within himself,” and that “it is better for everyone to be ruled by divine reason, preferably within himself and his own.”
To come back to a better mood listen this great Kishor Kumar song. It’s a sad but lovely song from where I have picked lyrics! Chingari Koi Bhadke! From Movie “Amar Prem”