Thinking out loud

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ghalib still relevant?

Qaumein badshahon se nahin aawam se banti hain;
Aur aap agar aaj bhi kabootar na uda rahe hote to ye qaum kuchh aur hoti, ye mulk kuchh aur hota....

Does this still ring true for us in this time and age? Are we not somehow responsible for what this country is today?

6 Comments:

  • Thanks for posting in my blog.

    And what exactly does the first line mean (though the intent is quite clear by understanding just the second line)? Unfortunately my understanding of poetic Hindi/Urdue ain't that good.

    By Blogger Sabarish Sasidharan, at 2:19 PM  

  • It means that a society/nation is not defined by its kings, but by its people...

    By Blogger Parijat, at 8:24 PM  

  • ....n what u think our country is today???...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:41 PM  

  • I don't know what tone that question is in and I certainly don't like that it is an anonymous comment, but I still think I'll answer it.

    Economically, we are supposedly doing very well. But that is of course in certain sectors. We're still lagging behind in infrastructure.

    What is more important is that we are still lagging behind in cleanliness... and this is not only because municipalities don't do their job; it's because we refuse to behave like civilized people. We refuse to understand that throwing garbage here and there is not something that a civilized society does.

    We still have terrible traffic problems not because there are no traffic policemen on the road but because we still seem to need them. We behave like little children and try to jump traffic lights and cut across lanes without indicators and try to bribe any policewala who catches us.

    We still haven't learn how to behave in queues, whether it is at the local supermarket checkout countrer or at airport terminals. We push, we jump queues and are rude to people.

    These supposedly tiny things are what make this country such a pathetic place to live. If we, the people, learn to live civilly and treat others like civilized people, many irritations of our daily life would be removed and we'd be able to concentrate on better things.

    I hope my point is clear, Mr. anonymous.

    By Blogger Parijat, at 11:13 PM  

  • The traffic part is especially right. Its quite difficult for even an ambulance to make a headway in the mess we create on the roads.

    By Blogger Sabarish Sasidharan, at 8:05 PM  

  • bahut khoob..

    By Blogger Pakya, at 7:42 AM  

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