we have a 'strongman', an 'efficient leader', a focussed individual who has promised to bring the country out of the morass it finds itself (no thanks to the idiots who got it there in the first place for the past 6 decades and more), the army suddenly finds itself feted and respected to a point where it is seen as the answer to all evils, the press simply follows the latest flavour (if it bleeds, it leads?), the businessmen are smiling and throwing money at the side it thinks will most probably win (that's the way to bet, ain't it?), the law enforcement agencies are running scared because they don't know who would be their future master, the intellectuals are wringing their hands and talking of bowing to the 'majority opinion'...and those that can see it coming and want to avert it are confused, directionless, and leaderless
now, coming to my own personal situation: nominally, my birth, my last name, my language, my relatives, my passport etc show me as such:
"hindu, kokanastha, maharashtrian, brahmin, indian, from pune", not in any order....though i am almost none of the above in reality
given this, i am possibly in the last row in front of the firing squad as this country and society gets polarised...but i am worried...and i should be...because eventually, they WILL come for me
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
-Pastor Martin Niemöller
later edit: a lot of people have told me how the congress is as bad and has been in power for 50+ years without showing much for it, and how it has been complicit in the 1984 riots, amongst other grievances. i have also been told that it is time we give mr.modi a chance since he can't be worse than what we already have. to clarify: i am NOT defending the congress...i am personally not going to vote either congress or bjp this time. but i think the argument deserves a more detailed response, since such a simple fact is ignored so easily. so, here it is: