There are many Indias, each one of them so different – its a wonder how all of them blend, at times seamlessly, at times the joints show. I feel that they can be categorised as such
THE COOL, HIP INDIA
This is the entire lot of the English speaking Indians. These are the people who have studied in English medium schools, have travelled abroad, have used, or are familiar with Versace, Dior and Gucci. Know of cuisines other than our Indian ones – and that includes tadka wala Chinese. This lot loves Hollywood movies and English music. Karan Johar and Yash Raj make films on them. This is the lot that is working itself into an anger against politicians after the Mumbai terrorist attack. Unfortunately this is just a small percentage of India. Therefore what the news channels are hyping as revolution is not going to make a huge difference to this country.
These Indians are beautifully depicted in Oye Lucky!Lucky Oye! These people live urban areas too, are found in metros as well as small towns. They study in Hindi or vernacular medium schools, work as sales people, support staff to the cool Indians, uphold the Indian culture and morality strongly (which they feel these cool indians have forgotten). They strongly envy the Cool Indians but also disapprove of them. Given a chance, though, they would love to be them. They will empathise with the cool Indians, but only up to a point. At some level they are scared of the cool Indians, who have more money, better connections – in short, more power.
This is honestly another country in itself. They hate the Cool India, they laugh at the Wannabes. They think they are the true India. They think we – the urban India – are “bahut bade Chu……”, and now that I have cooled down, I realise that the asshole Naqvi was actually talking to his vote bank among them. They are shown in their gritty reality in the movie Omkara
Now the point is, if we want a change to happen in this country – all these three have to be in sync. That, dear readers, is something that requires a lot of effort, a lot of change.
Is it possible within this lifetime?
I leave you to read this blog and think