A long forgotten emotion held reign yesterday.Never before has one witnessed this kind of mass jubilation, frisson of euphoria, unadulterated joy than when Barack Obama won the race to become the 44th President of the US of A. Tv channels screening his victory speech captured not just the historical moment for posterity when the dream of Martin Luther King 40 years earlier saw fructification, but also captured the tears of joy, glistening with Hope..of a new America, of change, of renewed vigor to fight the challenges that so far seemed insurmountable.
Nothing proves this better that humanity as yet dares to dream.. of a better tomorrow, and most of all, confidently believes it will happen. Barack Obama has now emerged as the face of that Super Human who riding high on the crest of victory will deliver the Americans and the world from the fires of inferno..or so we piously aspire.
I am not ashamed to admit that whilst the exhilaration was contagious and left me tingling with the anticipation of a new tomorrow, yet I sensed a deep envy for Americans, for being there witnessing the beginnings of a fresh future, for rejoicing at the possibility at least and the reality at most. I felt hopelessness crawl in. “No such D day for India and Indians”..whispered my inner voice.
No Obama to infuse us with hope. No leader in sight to re invigorate our lost convictions on the future of Indian polity, no statesman to reinforce the value of probity in Public life, no re-establishment of faith in the solidity of a glorious future, free of corruption, lies, deceit, not a single Indian that we could hail as our hero, our saviour that could elevate India, alleviate the miseries and freedom from the shackled clutches of greedy self serving politicians.
Obama exported HOPE..sadly by the time it reached our shores it got metamorphed into Dard-e-Hope.
While America celebrates the birth of a new Homecoming that would transmogrify their scenario, we despair, being caught in the Hobsons choice.. of choicelessness. At best we look forward to economic leeways with the ‘change of guard’ in America. A ripple effect that will filter down on our fiscal future. So all we care fro and do is eagerly anticipate fresh surge in the falling stocks and laze back vicariously gloating over the success of the American vote, American people and American democracy.
Aakar Patel in Mumbai Mirror words it thus:
Barack Obama’s victory is our victory, the triumph of the human race. This, we can tell ourselves rightly, is what we are capable of: a moment of unprejudiced perfection.
All of us can share it, all of us can exult in it. But only Americans own it; only Americans can actually understand it.
True..Whats astounding is this statistic. Blacks are only 13% of the American population. It is the whites who voted for Obama , putting aside any and every inveterate prejudice harbored for generations! Ole for America and Americans.
Should India opt for Presidential system of Government as well? Dont be silly..In our present set up of a few hundred there is yet a chance of a single comparatively honest mantri. We opt for one and he transforms into a Dictator as with our neighbours, there goes even the right to shame our bete noires in the guise of politicians. Lets just reconcile ourselves with our fate. Lets learn to live with concerns over which party will single out which community to target with violence in the hopes of proving Power and filling its coffers.
Jana Gana Mana