Practically all of us from office walked it there. There were some dissenting voices – how is this going to help? they said. I think it was about doing something. I think it was about a form of communication to the leaders that if we want to, we can come together as a collective force.
However after I reached there , I must reveal that I had very mixed feelings. While it was very heartening to see so many people, and very clearly from all stratas and walks of life, I was very demoralized by the complete chaos. There were too many different voices and the voices were not coming together as one. More importantly, I was disturbed by the angry cries against a neighbouring country. I did not agree with some of the voices that I heard there.
I don’t want a war against Pakistan. I want a better India.
I want an India which is free from corruption.
I want an India which has a vision.
I want an India that is able to build infra structure at speeds that can match up with the growing economy.
I want an India where the financial capital travels to work in super fast, efficient, air conditioned local metros.
I want an India where each citizen gets the quality of living his hard work deserves.
I want an India where decisions are not based on personal benefits, caste /creed differentiations.
I want an India which has leaders I can look up to.
I want an India which is forward looking and well planned for the future.
I want an India where some babu is not able to siphon off funds meant for free schools for the underprivileged.
I want an India that Europe travels to for holidays.
I want an India that is safe.
That, Mr Politician, is some of my wish list. And that is what I hope India is asking for. Once we have educated, forward looking, relatively(!) uncorrupt leaders, the rest will all fall into place.
This is the time to revolutionize and make Mumbai into a world class city. This is the time to revolutionize and make India into a strong, powerful nation that no one can mess with.
Each of us needs to pick one cause, one fight. Mine is RTI. What’s yours?
This blogger is drained. The last few days have left an indelible mark. Combined with terrible, terrible work pressure, I think I’m at breaking point. I badly need some cheer in my life right now. I think I will dive into a pile of PG Wodehouse over the weekend. And right now, I’m going to get some sleep. It’s been a long day, and a very disturbing week.