The clocks were striking twenty-three and it was pitch black outside. It was a dark night with no stars visible skyward. I was strolling to and fro on my terrace with my subconscious rambling in a parallel universe. A large number of people perceive the presence of an alter ego in them which is nothing but an individual’s secondary or alternative personality. All the ways you wish to be, that’s your alter ego. Well, then I suppose I have a multitude of alter-ego’s which mostly tend to bother my mind.
I have always been a keen spectator of political on goings. The presence of power and the manner of its wield has always been a salubrious amusement for me. Every time there is a political episode in the country’s chapter of constructive existence, be it national elections or state assembly elections or even the municipality elections, I always wonder how these politicians crave for power and once they gain it, how easily they embezzle it. Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived. The same happens in every election in our country.
That night I had some thoughts which may bother the Hippocratic democracy loving sections of our society. No! it was not strictly anti-democratic. I was in bafflement of which is better: democracy or dictatorship. The difference between democracy and dictatorship is that in a democracy we first vote and then take orders, where as in a dictatorship, we don’t have to waste our time voting. The main cause for the failure in democracy is the mere presence of observers when there is a need of participants. The original idea was: In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. But it is not the situation in the present scenario. The rich have the money, and also the power over every single individual in this country. This reminds me of Salman Rushdie’s reference to kali-yuga in his Midnight’s children: Kali-Yuga, in which the cow of morality has been reduced to standing, teeter-ingly, on a single leg! Kali-Yuga-the losing throw in our national dice-game; the worst of everything; the age when property gives a man rank, when wealth is equated with virtue, when passion becomes the sole bond between men and women, when falsehood brings success. So, its certain that we live in the kali-yuga.
What good is a democracy when it is not by the people, for the people and of the people? What good can such type of democracy do which only permeates feelings of hate and detestation? The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
There is an acute requirement of amelioration in the present system. India has a big past to boast of, a sanguine future to look at but with the current system, our present is very precarious. There is an expeditious exigency of a Project Mayhem! The obligation of a struggle against the powerful, hungry, rich bastards who don't give a damn about the white collar working class people is immense. Now it may sound very discomforting to many people. The inception of the idea of breaking up the civilization so that we can make something better out of the world is very strenuous. We need a proper mechanism and a “Constitutional” way to make sure this controlled demolition thing can be completed. Till then we can just wait for some Tyler Durden and Jack (or whatever’s the name of Edward Norton. Well wait! He doesn’t have a name!) to arrive here out of the blue and form a fight club.