A Nation of Protests and Posers

So they banned an IPS officer. Yeah, I know it’s kind of stale news now. Everyone knows about it, everyone has talked about it, everyone has protested for it,  and someone even filed a PIL about it, so what’s it that I’m going to tell? and that too, after such a long, long time? well I’m going to talk about what happened next and what always will.

So tell me, what’s so huge about this? Yeah, I’m asking you. ‘Durga ki shakti wapis do’, that’s what all of you have been screaming right? Banning one woman IPS officer causes so much of stir, why? I’ll tell you the perfect reason. It is because we live in a nation called India where we need to fool ourselves every six months by talking about something that is unjust. We love to protest. It gives us a feeling that we are doing things to change the nation. It gives us a feeling that we are doing something for the betterment of the whole system. You know who we are? We are selfish people. No, let me correct that, we are selfish fools. We only care about this mirage of being a vibrant nation that doesn’t really tolerate injustice.

Remember December 2012? A girl was raped in Delhi. Yeah, that was brutal. She died later. We protested. People were angry. We burnt candles and walked on the roads in whites. We showed off, you remember? Back then, I had written about it and many people seemed to agree. Then they forgot it altogether. That’s us. That’s India. Many women are raped in the nation everyday. Some people make dumb surveys and tell us that every 5 minutes, 3 women are raped in the nation. The ratio maybe higher now, which technically means that as you are reading this, somewhere in this country, a woman is being raped. Now look at yourself in the mirror! Your face reads, ‘so what can we do? And how?’ That’s what I’m talking about. We question a lot rather than finding the right answers. We aren’t really concerned about what happens around us everyday. We need such things just so that we can protest about it once in a while and show each other that we care.

And that is why I’m really not interested in speaking over a banned IPS officer. She was doing things to protect the law, good. Then her state government banned her. So what? There are many such officers who face the same things, sometimes it’s even worse. Then why did you all pick up this one to stand for? I’ll tell you why. It’s because one, she is a woman officer which got the women’s rights activists interested in the matter, two, she was working in Uttar Pradesh which is ruled by a mob of goons, this got the Congress interested in it because they have been wanting to pull down the Akhilesh Yadav government since a long time, three, it has been a long time since we have protested about something, which finally got the masses interested in it. Well, that’s the great Indian story of protest.

What needs to be changed is this. Yes, exactly this.You don’t have to cry against injustice or protest about it. Instead, take care that the law is never broken. The worst thing that we possess at this moment is that everything we have is fake. Our deeds, our words, the government, and all of us as a nation. We are faking it.

And yet there are a few people who try fighting against these evils honestly. They really want justice, but they don’t know how it’s gained, they are just agitated, clueless people. Then they see others protesting and believing in this system of protests, they join in. Years pass by and one day they realize that the protests won’t bring any fruits no matter how much they scream and shout. But by that time, it’s too late. Too late to back down and begin fighting in some other manner. They have already developed this habit of protesting. And when they go out in whites carrying banners after this realization, a new bunch of posers is born. Call it a bit exaggerated or something but then, that’s the plain truth and that’s how it happens.

I don’t know when would all these protests and fights end but I do hope that it happens soon. I would be glad to see the day when India stops fighting injustice. Because unless we stop fighting, we won’t really concentrate on protecting the laws.

Call me crazy or anything you want, but know that fighting shouldn’t be our word anymore. We have seen enough protests and forgotten a lot many. Don’t you think it’s time to do something different? Well, I do. Of course I won’t expect you to go in total agreement with every word I said, but I gave my shot at it. That’s what I think and that’s what many of us do. So let’s try this keep away those white clothes, shove off the candles. Instead sit home, drink coffee and protect your rights.

One last word, posers suck. Don’t be one. 😉


One comment

  1. I knw a girl who’s been to every protest lately… turns out Mukherjee wasnt wrong when he said dainted and painted.. for every protest, she goes out shopping the day earlier… its just a photo op and nothing more.

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