The question: Are we real?
The trigger: A poster of Aishwarya Rai at a local Amsterdam shop. When told the shopkeeper that she's an Indian. He was surprised. Said he thought she's some Princess from the Gulf. So we might think that we are going global, but are we? The Flame (The Inner ME) has something to say……
The Thoughts: We have stepped into the twenty first century with lots of dreams in our eyes to be awakened. We contribute a sixth to the World population. Nobel prizes, World Cups, Olympic medals, Booker prizes and many other titles, we have had it all. Tatas, Ambanis, Birlas, Goenkas have made it all. Azim Premji and Laxmi Mittal can remove the total debt on India from the World Bank and the USA. Indians are becoming global both in terms of presence and value. We work hard and we work cheap, and that's the reason we are able to attract the billion worth outsourcing industry to our country. Aishwarya Rai is a guest at the Cannes and a Tulip is named after her is Amsterdam; a convention hall is named after Kalpana Chawla at the University of Florida. Mother Teresa has a street named after her in London, Mahatma Gandhi is still a respected idol in South Africa. Shekhar Kapur, Manoj Shyamalan and Ashutosh Gowarikar have made it to the Oscars. Satyajit Ray had made it through the Oscars. The sensitivity index at the Dalal Street is reaching daily at new peaks and drops. Our nation's economy is growing but then... somewhere... something is missing...! Our spirit as an Indian.
A girl is teased in public in front of us and we are still helpless! Or may be we prefer to be helpless. Mob attacks and destroys the busy market & we still like to watch the game! Where are we now? A common person's attitude towards nation's issues is, "What I have to do?" Or "I don't indulge in politics". We are just like the thin stretched membrane on the water surface that tries to hold the water together but even a single drop or the thinnest pierce carries enough potential to destroy the entire equilibrium and cause the water to overflow. We are all detached, detached from each other, detached from the fundamentalism of universal brotherhood. When every heart speaks up and makes an effort to get connected and attached to India's heart, all the problems will get solved automatically.
The flame feels that the patriotism in India is limited to some event only like Cricket these days. Or for that matter any International event where we represent. As soon as game is over, the national feelings are over. Are we really proud to be an Indian? Think again....
Every one is angry...angry about this system, dirty politics and the corruption. Who is suffering? Are the politicians? No.... but a common man! We are suffering from crisis... Bomb Blasts, Riots, Unemployment, Corruption, Population, Illiteracy, Poverty, Dowry, Sexual harassment, Pollution, HIV, Child Abuse and Marriages, Infant deaths... and the list goes on and on. Page3 culture is heading over our great Indian culture. Fashion and extravagance is what we called freedom? Modernisation does not mean to follow anything... anywhere!!
Kashmir is burning.... Mumbai is bleeding... & the whole country is standing on fire. So...Why are we silence? Why to keep our mouths shut? The flame within wants to open my Mind...my soul...my anger... and express my feelings... freely! So is the need for all of us.
Express your thoughts make our mind follow your heart and your acts will certainly get a value. Our each thought is valuable for someone. Nobody know your feelings, so let them know the REAL you ...truly. We all have got the potential and strength enough to build a platform to express our thoughts and give opinions on any issue. Let us Express our Fire! Let us listen to the flame once, burn out all the black shades within and bring out the REAL self.