6th June 2010
India the nation of clerks
England is a nation of shopkeepers. India is a nation of clerks.
I was born in a nation where the brightest students were encouraged to become IAS officers, engineers, or doctors: mere clerks, reporting to “street smart” politicians who were known to be ruffians without moral sense or policy capability. I was born in a nation where we were encouraged by our parents and teachers to relinquish our citizenship in favour of job security. No one said that directly, but they said that politics was dirty, so stay out of it.
Ancient Athens, however, was fortunate to have citizens (something the current crop of Greeks are not). Pericles said about Athens that ‘this is a peculiarity of ours: we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all’.
Let educated Indian clerks dip their nose in the proverbial cup of water, in shame. Or, much better, join the Freedom Team or become a Freedom Partner. Become a citizen. Take charge of your own nation. Wrest it out of the hands of the ruffians who rule India.
We can do better than this. (Of course, you, dear reader of this blog, will have to become a citizen – quite a challenge for those brought up in India – but together we can do it).