Tag: Opinion

Not Your Regular News Update

“Laal Batti” banned, what next for our friendly neighbourhood politicians.

I proudly pronounce, I belonged to a town where you have more “Laal Battis” than taxis on the road. Where I used to feel that every night was Diwali. Swirls of brightly lighted cars jam packed on a road banked by brightly lit shops. Where the police resemble the royal guard when a “Neta” goes out for a walk.

Now I have come to realize what “red-tapism” and VIP culture is. Sometimes you realize how free you feel only once you get rid of the shackles.

Anyways let’s get back to where we started from. “The Laal Batti.”

So it seems the “Laal Batti” has been banned. Clearly an attempt to curve both the problems. From the standpoint of neutralist, Jolly Well Done Sir! But this is just the first hole, seventeen more to go.

Talking about holes reminds me of another topic, the undertaking to fill all the potholes across my hometown. We’ve all heard this one before, but strangely enough, it seems to be different this time. Don’t take my word for it. Now, I only remember it through facebook. Just saying.

Sorry! “Laal Batti”, that is what I’m supposed to be writing about in this piece but “Laal”, that color reminds me of something else again. A lot of bloodshed in a part of the country where a major political earthquake has hit and the sacred animal of one religion has become a good enough reason to kill. It may have been a fantastic political move, but the whole thing has gone sour. Forget the religions for a second, Tom & Jerry would fight for everything but do you ever remember them killing each other? For me, that famous daily cartoon would have been the ideal world.

Trying to outsmart each other with friendly banter, unity for a cause and still living together.

The media will also be a major part of this daily soap. It will be “The Narrator”.

Mr. Narrator what you say is what will guide the attention of your audience. Implement caution. This one could be a fuse to a time bomb set way back when Cyril Radcliffe drew that famous line.

Before I forget, I must say, I put my hand up for the ban on “Laal Batti”. Best of luck Mate!

Here’s also a shout out for one fantastic undertaking by a state government to provide free cylinders of cooking gas in villages and to release all pending loans under ₹1 Lakh for all the farmers of its state. The wind doesn’t blow by itself, something forces it to. In one fell swoop, a large part of the population has been swept away by the generosity.

All in all, the sentiments are mixed. One side of me is excited by the whole wave of change and the other fearing a full-blown civil war. The whole feeling of inevitability hanging over me.

Ladies & gentlemen, like I started the “Laal Batti” has been banned except in use for emergency services.

By the way, two more colors are left, “Peeli Batti” & “Neeli Batti”.

Let’s really nail this one.

 

Author: Toorjo Sengupta

Sounding Board: Abhishek Sharma

I Still Want To Know

How far can you control speech?

This sparsely illustrated text books in our school, which we so loved and adored, have always taught us that every Indian has a right to voice his opinion. You can blame the civics text books of 8th & 9th standards and my teacher used to constantly ask me to ask questions.

A figure of speech or something more sinister?

With the right to speech, we assume we also have a right to ask questions.

Recently, a well known journalist rebellious to the existing statues of his trade, decided to walk the plank and take a dive in open waters. Little did he know that the enemy was not only on the creaky ship but also in the waters in which he so gladly jumped into.

The journalist asking a straight forward question. A question which we all have a right to ask. Naive enough to underestimate the sharks and as if the sharks were not enough even “Nemo” had a darker side. And then, the attack began. Like how the fish gather when you throw the bread, they all attacked.

The latest in a series of attacks being a summon if the phrase “Nation Wants To Know” is used. My question to you Sir!

Will you summon me as well?  Will you summon my teachers as well? Will you summon the text books as well? Will you summon the education system? Will you summon the whole country?

Go ahead!

The “Nation Still Wants To Know?”

 

Author: Toorjo Sengupta

Sounding Board: Abhishek Sharma