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You don’t cure small pox by cauterizing each pox

Here's my response to someone who sent me an email asking that the following article in Tehelka be circulated widely. It explains why it is pointless to keep worrying about individual cases in India. It is sheer good luck that someone returns home safe today. You want change then it won't be cheap or easy. Be sure of that!

==RESPONSE==

Thanks, Friend

I'm cc.ing a few people. The problem is that in India people have put a huge bandage ("patti") around their eyes – they refuse to open their eyes. Something that has been obvious to me for a very very long time somehow doesn't seem to strike most Indians as a valid conclusion – that life is now dirt cheap and effectively meaningless in India. The fact that someone does return home each day after work (or from school) is a matter of sheer luck.

 
At least the police have been challenged in this case by some people. Let me assure you that in villages in India the police commit brutalities on an unheard of scale and there is no Tehelka to write about them, no XYZ (Friend) to spread information about their plight. Lives are crushed like we crush insects. No one to weep for them. People are simply shot and guns planted on their body. Matter closed. One more 'encounter' with a terrorist. Thousands of lives have been lost. And in communal riots, the victims are first brutalised by the perpetrators and then the Police gun them down, for full measure. But till it happens to them personally or to a suited booted person 'like them', people in India think that this is all a myth. 
 
I'm really sorry but as I've written in my blog post today, "please carry on dreaming!! Your dreams about India are SIMPLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN with the current set of political parties." (https://www.sabhlokcity.com/2011/02/a-forecast-of-indias-economic-prospects/)
 
I've been told by some highly educated and intelligent Indians that they "don't have fire in their belly". I'm afraid I don't know what creates these insensitive educated monsters of India whose bellies are so full that no matter what atrocity is committed by the government in India, their belly remains satiated, never goes on fire. 
 
If people's bellies are not on fire, they must learn to shut up. What's the point in showing me (or anyone else) one more instance of the same – of something that is so widely and well known? Do we not know that India's governance has totally collapsed? Is that something new?
 
For over 13 years I've been looking for support for urgently needed governance reforms from our educated classes (I can't reach out to those who can't read me), but have been met with silence. This is not a one-man task. Thousands have to get involved. But people are tight fisted like misers. Not a paisa they will spend on governance reform – nor offer their services except "best wishes"! I can't eat best wishes!! 
 
And yet they want the moon! They want standards even higher than the West! How!!? Why?
 
Sorry. Freedom and justice don't come free. People with high calibre sit twiddling their thumbs while India burns. India has got the government it deserves. No doubt about it. 
 
Nothing can be done this way. Even  protest walks won't do anything either. Meaningless. 
 
As a "doctor" of governance and economics (and a free man), I believe India must be administered a strong dose of medicine that requires a radical shift in the way things work. This requires things to change from the top. We can't fix small pox by cauterizing one pox at a time. We have to destroy the virus, or – in this case – immunise it and prevent it from taking root in the first place. These poxes (incident that are reported one after another) are merely illustrations of what has been festering ALL over India, in the millions. There are not one or two but millions of Rajesh Talwars. The solution is not to highlight each pox, but to fix the system.
 
I've said enough. I will continue to say such simple straight forward things for a few more months/years then I'll die. None of what I say will matter. But the day when the "educated" people of India realise that it is THEIR DISENGAGEMENT with our governance that is the root cause of the decay of India, things will change. 
 
Baba Ramdev is already tapping into the great resentment that exists across India. But he is definitely NOT the solution for India. Unless educated people come together,  learn how precisely how to solve the problem, agree to the package,  – and then lead, India's future is getting very murky now.
 
Regards
Sanjeev
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9 thoughts on “You don’t cure small pox by cauterizing each pox
  1. Krishnaraj Rao

    Well said. I’m not sure what sort of solutions you propose, or what sort of struggle you are engaged in to reform the system. But what you say is spot-on.
     
    Regards,
    Krish
    98215 88114
    Mumbai

     
  2. Krishnaraj Rao

    Well said. I’m not sure what sort of solutions you propose, or what sort of struggle you are engaged in to reform the system. But what you say is spot-on.
     
    Regards,
    Krish
    98215 88114
    Mumbai

     
  3. Sanjay

    Mr. Sabhlok,
    U seem to be a self styled expert on Indian society and polity and one who thinks that solution to all problems can be found by some prejudiced armchair analysis based on biased inputs. Do u know that the root caise of all ills is violence. which happens day-in and day-out at all times at every place in all situations. I am not intending to mere physical violence. Violence has different kinds, some of whish are more damaging and dastardly than causing some form of physical injury. There is social violence, intellectual violence, emotional violence, violence promoted by motivated legislation  and what not. It happens all around us but we are conveniently oblivious to it, because our comforts do not get compromised. Remove these forms of violence and all socioeconomic ills will be cured. I find u more ignorant than even a layman and u claim to be a scholar of world history which itself has been served to us in a manner which grossly hides realities of the times.

     
  4. Sanjay

    Mr. Sabhlok,
    U seem to be a self styled expert on Indian society and polity and one who thinks that solution to all problems can be found by some prejudiced armchair analysis based on biased inputs. Do u know that the root caise of all ills is violence. which happens day-in and day-out at all times at every place in all situations. I am not intending to mere physical violence. Violence has different kinds, some of whish are more damaging and dastardly than causing some form of physical injury. There is social violence, intellectual violence, emotional violence, violence promoted by motivated legislation  and what not. It happens all around us but we are conveniently oblivious to it, because our comforts do not get compromised. Remove these forms of violence and all socioeconomic ills will be cured. I find u more ignorant than even a layman and u claim to be a scholar of world history which itself has been served to us in a manner which grossly hides realities of the times.

     
  5. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Sanjay

    Assume that you are right (which actually you are, for the state of nature is violent, hence we need the classical liberal state – but I doubt whether you fully know what you are talking about!). In other words, assume that the root cause of all ills is violence. Fine.

    So what’s your solution? You say, “remove these forms of violence”. That’s trivial. Anyone can say this. Even the biggest fool can say that. If the problem is X then remove X. That doesn’t require a great deal of thinking.

    The real question is HOW? And who will do it? You? By force? By getting elected and forming government? By what method?

    Happy to discuss your analysis of India’s problems and solutions.

    Regards
    Sanjeev

     
  6. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Sanjay

    Assume that you are right (which actually you are, for the state of nature is violent, hence we need the classical liberal state – but I doubt whether you fully know what you are talking about!). In other words, assume that the root cause of all ills is violence. Fine.

    So what’s your solution? You say, “remove these forms of violence”. That’s trivial. Anyone can say this. Even the biggest fool can say that. If the problem is X then remove X. That doesn’t require a great deal of thinking.

    The real question is HOW? And who will do it? You? By force? By getting elected and forming government? By what method?

    Happy to discuss your analysis of India’s problems and solutions.

    Regards
    Sanjeev

     
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