Friday, August 05, 2005

Sanity Beckons

Recent floods in western parts of Maharashtra and Mumbai in particular seems to have spilled over entire print media. It is being covered by every news channel in the country with a weak pursuit of bringing in a unique and different perspective. Everybody seems to be participating in a contest of “ who criticises the government the best”. None of the news channel seems to be interested in helping the victims through these trying circumstances by pulling in their resources to sort the muddle.

Its not surprising that the opposition parties in the state have missed the bus. They would have done well in doing some ‘real stuff’ by helping the victims with the substantial ransom they had collected during elections. It would have helped them restore at least some amount of faith that they lost in the previous elections.

What real stands out in this dreary scenario is the courage and resilience shown by Mumbaites. The snaps of people, helping each other, by sharing with what has left behind explains that even if democracy is no longer an institution of the people, for the people and by the people, SOCIETY is still an institution of the people, for the people and by the people. It is still a place where humanity can bring sanity to life.

Its even shameful that elite newspapers like TOI could run stories about who’s who of the city not receiving papers on time or otherwise. Doesn’t it make a mockery of the very premise on which these kind of media came to life.

While I write the article rain still continues to swish the length and breadth of the city. This has left domestic life, schools, colleges and industry in abysmal state of affairs. The city seems to try to avert the grinding hault but with no success. The only thing that has been a prominent feature of all these natural disasters is that NATURE IS STIL THE MIGHTIEST FORCE. A friend of mine told me that he read somewhere that ‘a person owns only those things that survive after a ship-wreck.’


Blogger Aditya Bidikar said...

Good one. The shipwreck quote, by the way, is from The Storyteller's Daughter by Saira Shah. It is an excellent book about an Afghan-British woman travelling in Afghanistan during the Taliban rule.

10:54:00 AM  
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Blogger chetan said...

same moral from one of the akbar birbal stories

11:04:00 AM  
Blogger maldini said...

Bail or is it pedha,
good to see some of the elite people (like we two) doing our intelligent talk on blog-space.
abt akbar and birbal stories, IO can't trace which story u r ref. to.

6:43:00 PM  
Blogger Finch, Scout said...

Elite paper?
You mean tabloid?

What kind of newspaper puts a story on Jivha, the blogger, on Page 1, as a co-lead?

And that Bangalore school kids carry bags that weigh 9kg?

TOI does!


Aside, it's a good thing people take matters into their own hands. Somehow Democracy, at the end of the day, is a huge farce..

You realize what kind of Government you have, post putting them in office!

9:27:00 AM  
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