Pulse racing, hearts beating…
And yes they are! And this time neither is quite sure, how the other is going to react.
The irony of the fact is that all of this sounds very familiar to the first great #war. Escalations happen at the slightest of pretext at these times. The last time a “Person of Interest” died and this time AGAIN there is a “Person of Interest” in question.
There is a thin line between #Nationalism and #Radicalism. Not questioning the intent of any party privy to the situation, but, every part of society that exists needs to tread carefully. A balancing act is required.
Just like last time, both parties have their own set of nations that are backing their cause. #Terrorism is still the name of the game. Roles have changed, not the #Characters. This is like a classic being remade, only a little more cynical than “just another movie” and this is not just on Broadway Street, but in the #Global theater.
Like last time, before the entry of the main protagonists, the sub-plots have already been enacted. “JULIET HAS ALREADY DESCENDED AND BOTH THE LOVERS ARE FACE TO FACE”. The #World will be watching knowing very well, that human existence is in grave danger. If not, at least a major portion of it.
One country has just taken a baby step towards #Development. The other has probably just had another stutter after a brief period of stability.
AGAIN like last time, mass movements for the right and worryingly enough for the wrong as well are being accepted by the general population. Remember, this time the stakes are much higher. The potential for loss of lives is much like a GIANT BLACK HOLE looming over a tiny #Planet.
Now let’s talk about the anti-protagonists, like the poltergeist hidden in the closet, nuclear war looms large and the atmosphere is heavy with the smell of dead rotten corpses. There have been nuclear threats before, but this time, there are two more supporting villains; SPACE & INFORMATION. Death may not be the worst possible outcome! EXTINCTION is an overly used word during such time but, this time it seems to be ON THE CARDS. APOCALYPSE just may be on its way.
#HIROSHIMA & #NAGASAKI are just mere blips compared to what’s a small tactical nuclear warhead can do. THIS TIME THE MUSHROOM IS ON STEROIDS.
Every party has started to openly showcase their nuclear arsenal. Nowadays, this is being done behind the veil of DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. If you know how to bake a CUP-CAKE, I am sure you can figure out sooner or later, how to bake a CAKE as well. And well, if you are unwilling enough to learn the skill, might as well buy one.
Yes! there are Global organizations with representation from all countries, but what if just one decides to blow his lid. Remember the scene from “THE DARK KNIGHT”, where the Joker misleads the criminals and the public into believing that the other party has the remote. What if anyone of them would have pressed the button? Not suggesting, that there is a Joker in the scenario, but doesn’t it sound familiar?
Some would say that a crossing of swords has become a necessity, but remember how that old saying goes; “Be careful what you wish for”.
AGAIN, there are unpredictable leaders on all sides of the table. Don’t get me wrong! I’m not stereotyping any single party, organization or individual here, nearly the sheer dynamism and volatility of the nature of parties involved.
The World seems to be sitting on a keg of gunpowder and the fuse is a tiny one. The supporting cast has started to take sides NOW, and you can just feel there is an axis forming on both sides. For those who are still thinking, “Ah! we’ve heard all this before and eventually, everything fizzles out”.
GET UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, SIR!
Children of this generation aren’t safe either. Remember even toddlers are entangled in the spiderweb of information. “What you sow now you shall reap later”. There will be a generation or may be more lost to the darkness and there shall be a veil between them and the TRUTH. Every religious book narrates that the truth can never be hidden. “THEY DID NOT HAVE SMARTPHONES THEN”.
This request goes out to each and every world leader, directly or indirectly involved. “EXERCISE CAUTION”.
The media has a BIG part to play in all of this. Probably why I’m writing this piece.Years of education and experience in everything else apart from journalism, yet being pulled by that peculiar force predicted, calculated and perfected by Newton & Einstein.
I am not a doomsayer, but mere spectator sitting on the banks of the theater curiously worried about my existence and I’M NOT EVEN MARRIED!
STORM CLOUDS GATHERING AGAIN, INDEED!
Author: Toorjo Sengupta
Sounding Board: Abhishek Sharma