Incredible India

For over three hours… for people inside the stadium and the millions watching on TV… India was incredible! Yesss.. I think we had a spectacular opening ceremony! For that duration, everything was forgotten as the dazzle and the Rs 70 crores balloons with all the images on TV was enthralling. And of course Kalmadi got booed during his speech (was expected) and as one of my friends messaged… no need to burn him alive.. we can just hang him! lol

After all the mess in last one month leading up to the Commonwealth Games opening, I think a lot of us had tuned in to see if there are more screw ups (voyeurism at its best) and it was gripping stuff… Children forming Namaskar… fabulous stuff. The Indian ingenuity of getting it right at the last minute came through… as always. Gill can now gloat about his Indian wedding comment.

And not to miss the Incredible India commercial that played throughout. Awesome Ad!

I think all would be forgotten now and brushed under the carpet. The games would go off well and we would be back to our lives and media would have to look for something else to cry themselves hoarse about.

State of the Nation

There are events that are unfolding which are going to decide where do we go as a country. They are all happening at once and can possibly chart an all new path for our country or they could lead to us becoming a closed and isolated society. It is going to take a strong political will and an absolutely non passionate and non biased stand by the powers that be… if they believe that they truly want a progressive India. Anything otherwise would smack of typical politically motivated steps that ensure that the government lasts the distance and is popular enough to win the next election and get Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister.

1. Jammu & Kashmir – We would be fools if we think that the political parties are interested in a solution. We would be fools to think that the so-called spokespeople for the Kashmiris are actually that. Nobody wants a solution because a solution would mean all these people would have nothing to say or do anymore. J&K has become an issue that is used by Indian and Pakistan for their selfish purposes and the fate of that state is closely linked to relationship between India and Pakistan. So till this is resolved… I don’t think we will see a solution. So we need statesmen with great intellect and foresight to handle this situation. On the evidence so far… this country has none…

Ayodhya – It was politics that made mountain out of a molehill. And whichever way the court verdict goes… the post verdict scenario is going to demonstrate the maturity of our leadership across political parties and religious communities. Though I doubt the verdict is going to be far reaching enough. I have a strong feeling that everything would be buried under hundreds of pages and would just beat around the bush without being conclusive (politics has mastered the art of procrastination and all such verdicts usually are influenced)

Commonwealth Games 2010 – Wont comment on the mess but would wait to see how do we come through all this and how the powers that be take steps.. steps that ensure that politicians and babus are banned from managing sports.

Sensex 20000 – I think there would be many like me who would be worried rather than excited about sensex touching 20000. After all what dramatic events have happened in  our economy for the sensex to climb? I feel a crash coming and I so hope I am wrong because this time.. if the crash does happen, it will not have the excuse of the US subprime crisis… it will be internal.

Next couple of months would decide the fate of our country and where we go. Unfortunately, we the people are busy living our lives… the politicians are busy playing the blame game and oneupmanship. I so wish the people who dictate the destiny of this country forget about the personal and political gains just for a short while and come together and help the country take the right path from the cross roads because a prosperous and peaceful country would benefit everyone.. including them…

After reading this post some might say “so what is your point?” some might says “so whats new?” and some might say “so whats the solution?”

The point is that perhaps all the mentioned issues have been viewed individually by most people and no one probably has figured that they are happening at the same time and either one not handled correctly can lead to the rest of them snowballing into a huge problem. And no I am no expert to provide any solutions… I am a citizen of this country who is seeking solutions from the people who have been elected to rule over us.