Wednesday, October 27, 2010
In the midst of all this, I have been shaken enough on this occasion to actually crawl out of my hole of laziness and post my views on a matter of current political interest. So, that's a first for me. Enough of the premise. Now I'll get down to the matter.
I do not think Miss Roy needs to be criticized for having a particular take on an issue, on any issue actually. All of Us are entitled to having a certain take on anything. We might disagree with what she might have said, but shouldn't hold a grudge against her just because she subscribes to a certain viewpoint. In a democracy, you need to have various perspectives and as an intellectual, an activist, her function in the democracy is to come up with a view that, to be mildly putting it, might not be subscribed to by a majority of the people. That's how discourse functions in a democracy. Rather, that's how discourse is ideally supposed to function anywhere. I am of the view that the problem here is not just with what she has expressed, but with what she's expressed coupled with when and where she's done it and what immediate repercussions might arise out of her having expressed those views.
Let's be frank here. We know that Kashmir does have problems. Accepting the fact that external elements are responsible for a lot of the trouble there, We cannot deny the fact that the region could have done with a better handling of the problems by the nation. The Indian state has failed on a lot of counts- the law and order situation for one. And, I'm not talking about any one community only- even the Kashmiri Pandits have been given a lot of hell. We must hang Our heads in shame at the failures not only in J&K, but also in Eastern and North-Eastern India, just to name the a few. But, the solution isn't also in simply criticizing and writing about it. It might start there, of course- as a process of analysing the various facets of the issue, which is very important, but then, it has to extend to actually going down there and working out and implementing the plans.
What the problem, according to me, is the fact that where she chose to air her views was in a heated rally in Srinagar (from where it was also being broadcast to other strife-torn regions) and at a time when the interlocutors are on a very important mission (however ill perceived it might be, it still is an effort and one that We still tune in to in hope of happy developments). She, being the person she is- a celebrity, a person of renown (and not a self-proclaimed separatist, too), could have chosen a platform or a time different than what she did. She's been expressing these views for a lot of time, many other intellectuals have been doing the same, but not in this particular fashion that has so angered many.
Maybe, that's what she wanted. After all, these views have been expressed in newspapers and magazines. Going out to a rally of a certain nature in Kashmir, at a certain point of time and raising hell over it- maybe that's what she intended. Out of the respect that I've always had for her, I'm discounting the possibility of it being an attempt at garnering publicity for her own self. However, if that truly is the case it must be deemed as being rather distasteful and disgusting. But, that's another point of view, and I'm not saying nobody should subscribe to it.
Maybe, her doing precisely what she's done might bring out something that's good, or, it might be a lesson to Us to know where to focus Our attention on- a lesson in fine-tuning, if I may put it that way, of tuning in the information, and discarding the noise. Well, I mean, you'll always have a lot of surrounding cacophony, but you can just choose to ignore that part that you think is nonsensical.
Personally, I find her views on India being a colonising power, on having termed Kashmir as not an integral part of India, usage of terms like military occupation to be offensive. As much as I will want to debate that, I'll also accept the truths that she's spoken on this very issue or other issues. I will debate the context of her views, I will hate what she's said, but, I will not hate her for having said that. When it comes to views on such matters, I believe in detaching the individual from the views that he/she holds. I will debate the issue and fight it, but I wont fight with the person who holds it. Otherwise, all that We'll end up doing is fighting, 'coz no two human beings have congruent perspectives on all issues.
So, you may brand her as a terrorist but I won't. I will debate that with you, but I will not fight with you. Because I disagree with the view, not the individual.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Care if it's old.
I don't mind
Mind. I don't have a mind.
Away, away from your home.
Even if you have...
Even if you need...
I don't mean to stare.
We don't have to breed.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I was going through this article entitled- "City Report – Municipal Council of Delhi Vs Daryaganj’s Book Bazaar" by Mayank Austen Soofi on the blog 'The Delhi Walla'. What essentially is reported is that the famous 'Daryaganj book market' of Delhi is facing what can be simply called a 'struggle for existence'. Allegedly a source of great inconvenience to the automobiles passing through Daryaganj on Sunday, due to the crowd of bibliophiles, and a place registering a growth of crimes such as pick-pocketing and eve-teasing, the book market is facing a threat from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Delhi Police to be closed down. Or, probably, shifted to some place else (to Mata Sundri road, actually, but as long as it's out of Daryaganj, one doesn't give a damn where to). The article was accompanied by certain comments, some of which irked me, or probably a little more, to make me come out of my shell of laziness and respond through a comment. While penning it down, did I realise that it would be better for me to write an entry of my own. So, here I am, now, to do simply that, with the initial rustiness taken care of.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Yeah, I'm trying to say two things at once through the title of my post today. If you don't get it, I really don't know what you're doing here. If you still think, you haven't been insulted enough, and are willing to stay back (and, probably, have more hot oil shoved down your pants, ; yeah, I'm in a foul mood), you really are welcome. My blog really needs people like you for its readership, 'coz you know, no sensible person ever reads it (yeah, that's more hot oil, down where it burns a lot.). Thanks.
Now, if you are still hanging on, I welcome you to today's post. Now, I'm actually thanking you, in earnest , 'cozI've pissed off, a part of my pissed-offness and you've been good enough to ingest it. That's a real great reader. You need to first let the writer get into the groove, only, then, can you expect to have a nice experience. Though, let me tell you, experiences with me aren't ever going to be nice. They're just going to be experiences. That's it. Don't expect anything more outta me.
Yeah, so you must be wondering, why I'm being so horrible. First, as this blog is pretty new, I'll give you one bite of fact-I am HORRIBLE (I just shouted at you in computer text). But, don't worry, I, generally, ain't this horrible. This is one of those times, when I'm really tickd off by something to become massively worse than I usually am. Now, the reason why I'm in such a bad mood today, is, essentially, the matter of this post.
Well, whew do I start. It's always difficult to make a beginning, but, today, as my mind is already so taken up by a certain amount of rot, I'll use a systematic and kinda scientific (sounds so nice) approach.Here I go.
- Firstly, I have a host of examinations approaching me, starting with the most notorious of all-Mathematical Physics. It's so damn boring that I just can't help hating it,and so damn important in my course of studies, that I just can't ignore it, and hence more so why I despise it. Then , of course, there is Mechanics, which could have been so well handled, had it not been for the paper of MP.Bad, really bad.
- Secondly, I have this flu, affecting me so badly that I've missed two days of classes, and also the opportunity to take part in the organisation of a debate at college. I just hate these matters of my unhealthy body interrupting in my learning process. And, of course, it is this damn flu which is the cause of my inability to enjoy the brilliantly wet weather in a place so dry of everything. I'm so stuck in here.
So, these are the reasons for me not being in the best of moods. I really am pissed off for these reasons (and, also a few others, which I do not deem fit and important enough (for the reader), to occupy a place in this post; see, reader, I do ultimately respect you) , but well, I have just made an attempt at trying to get over it. Here, the reader is important, because I believe that the larger the number of readers who read this and get my pissed-offness, and hopefully appreciate my effort in writing this (at this point of time, sitting, with the comp. propped up in front of me and trying to type is actually an effort), the better I will recover. So, do please leave your comments, if you have so, or just leave behind an emoticon in the comment box. Your endeavour to read this will be highly appreciated.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I don't have any idea, why I'm writing this, or why I'm even here, when I've got all the work that I must do. Probably this will make me see some sense in the madness of all that's happenning me. Yeah, let that be the agenda of my fist journal entry here- Finding out where I am-.
Here I go.
I have tests on Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, and I the syllabus is so huge and I have been neglecting it for so long, that I can't any longer deny that I really am in big shit. I've started something but I cant deny that it's nothing compared to what lies beneath all that's accumulated in my time of neglect. Then, there are the Chem. and Math assignments. I hope I will do them. God has given us all hope as a tool to battle all madness. No, I'm not turning religious . It's just faith. Then, above all this, there's the debate thing that I've chosen to do. Atleast, these are all hings that I've chosen to do. So, I ain't sufferring in the real sense of the term, not really enjoying all the load at once. This is my choice too. Actually, I'm just a cribber.
That's not all.
In the back of my mind, I've got the want for a li'l bit of amateur journalism and the guitar. Man, as if I hadn't had enough. Okay, so now I have a list of some of the stuff that's really bothering me . Atleast, I know.
I think I'll just go and study now.
Monday, September 15, 2008