After her inspiring “VOTE FOR YOUNGISTAN” Article Archana Ma’am is back with yet another hard hitting Post. She’s done with the praises and the love this time…now she wants us to Stand Up and Get Counted. She once told me that MAD is restricting ourselves by just focusing on teaching. She believes that we can do much more. Back then MAD was small and we were alone..but today I feel we have an army of youngsters and free thinkers on board with us. And perhaps this is why I guess the Article Makes Sense. Read on…
GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS
The good news is that Sonia Gandhi has left town and life is back to normal.
The bad news is that this is just a lull before the next political honcho hits town.
The good news is that nobody has any illusions left about our political system which sucks big time.
The bad news is that public disillusionment is proving ineffective in changing the political system in any meaningful.
The good news is that the cyber world has delivered the message to politicians loud and clear.
The bad news is that the politicians have not received the message since their presence in the cyber world is non-existent.
The good news is that our politicians are highly susceptible to public pressure.
The bad news is that the public rarely exerts any kind of pressure on the politicians. Muttering and swearing under the breath does not count.)
The good news is that when the public gets going they can knock down any politician standing in the way. ( Note how Maharashtra CM and deputy were trashed when the people hit the streets.)
The bad news is that people rarely hit the streets until their 26/11 moment comes along.
The good news is that more than 60% of Indians are below the age of 35. So, a vast majority out there are open to new ideas.
The bad news is that even this generation seems to subscribe to the mistaken belief that an Indian Utopia can be brought about by bypassing the corrupt and ineffective political system. The truth is that a country’s social, political and economic systems are so well entwined that you cannot insulate one from the other. The rot in any one system will eventually infect gains in other areas. (as Ratan Tata has belatedly realized)
The good news is that India is a democracy ie. By the people, for the people etc.
The bad news is that vote-bank system rules supreme in the Indian political system.
The good news is that it is not difficult to organize oneself into a vote-bank. In fact, young- and-fed up-to-the-teeth-of-politicians is an existing vote-bank.
The bad news is that this vote-bank lacks a platform and a voice.
The good news is that MAD is in a position to provide the platform.
The really, really good news is that MAD had the networking skills to send the message in the only language that politicians can hear- sound of moving feet. Politicians know that feet that move and hit the street to score a point can also move and hit them at the election booth.
The really, really, really good news is that a call given out at the right time works. An anti-SEZ call given out in Goa a few months back had the citizens pour out in large enough numbers for the govt. to reverse its decision.
I have faith (Not blind faith that someone credited me with. I am just old, not stupid !) in MAD making a difference in more ways than one. Yes, you can.