Do we know how deep we already are in the gutter of corruption, basking in whatever promise of the sun that sewer hole called Arvind Kejriwal allows? I am sure we all have paid commissions to get ‘difficult’ jobs done, all through all our lives. From renting houses to buying them, getting jobs with the government, getting admissions to privileged government schools and colleges to buying degrees, we all know it all as a part of life. Do we know otherwise? Do we even know what it likes to be corruption-free? It means having a difficult life, given that we have taken the definition of ‘easy’, a little too easy. It should be convenient and not easy. Our leniency with freedom has come in the way of equality and order for the greater good of our state. How else would capitalists be ruinning our economy, sabotaging troubled farmers and an ever-burdened workforce?
Privilege and poverty are interesting terms. Only today, the to-be CM of the capital said that Delhi could be something that the rich and the poor can be proud of. Kejriwal cannot be blamed or criticised for taking the rich and poor divide so casually–it would be almost childish to imagine otherwise. We have such lofty standards of success and material privilege. Work hard, earn money, get up the ladder. I find it really funny when we talk of economies where “no one is poor”. Poor and rich are relative terms.
Almost everyone who is getting aggressive and passionate about the Aam Aadmi movement is almost a socialist. But are we ready to give up privilege? Are we ready to wait in queues? Are we ready to take stock of the maddening way our population is rising and making it imperative for the high and privileged to trod the humble beneath? Are we ready, further still, to consider the value attached to sectors like agriculture? Are we ready to ask religion and caste not to interfere while we try to rebuild a messed up home?
I love this quote:
A developed country is not where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.
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