Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Quoting Sir Francis Bacon - "Knowledge is power",
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but it seems that this pearl has been lost amidst precarious pile of books gathering dust in prized book-shelves. What sounds prevalent (to me) today is:
Time is money!
Money is power!
Power tends to corruption!!
Okay! Many of you might think that I am going a little overboard here but just pause and ponder if the old adages or even older versions of stuff (moral values, designations etc.) hold the same purport today.

For instance: 

1. "Does gold seem glittery these days?" Besides bringing a teary twinkle in the eye, this sparkle has somewhat lost its sheen by burning a huge hole in our already contracting pockets.

2. Is "Honesty the best policy" really? Won't you think a hundred times before being honest after seeing how an iron-willed officer was inculpated for exposing the sand mafia for just doing her job she was supposed to.

3. "Speech is silver, silence is gold". But doesn't the silence of high political authority in India echo everywhere like a crass cacophony?

4. "It’s my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best we can". Does this conviction seem that absolute nowadays? Twist of fate or harsh truth, the world doesn't feel like the protégé of Uncle Sam anymore! A superpower that has an opinion about almost everything, soldiers and drones spread across the world, gargantuan money power blah blah, but caught in an impasse! Chalo! “Time and tide waits for none” still seems a bit prevalent.

5. "Practise what you preach" seems totally absurd. Forget what preachers preach, it’s time to preach them to practise humanity. We have our nation's very own latest self-styled Godman turning into a ghastly beast making headlines these days and eroding the faith of millions in 'teachings and values' they stood for!

6. "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind" as per Mahatma Gandhi's prominent quote on peace. It’s an apathy that we still haven’t understood its essence as we aren't ready to give a piece of mind to recurring conflicts, uprisings, sectarian/religion-based violence. I guess the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar and the in vogue caste politics give us a clear insight. 

But not all is lost. The axiom that stands out totally is : "You cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest" with scams (2G, 3G, sand, coalgate, fodder and counting) erupting faster than the speed of light and politicians being shown coop at a snail's pace though. But you know that, "slow and steady wins the race".

I rest my pen here for I think my itchy fingers have pointed out my thoughts, I hope without pointing my fingers at anybody.

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