Monday, July 18, 2011


Loyalty is a concept that seems way overrated in this post-postmodern age. One wife or girlfriend, one address, one job or even one country now seems so passé. Beginning from football clubs – glamour-ridden Man U or Barca, or our homely Mohun Bagan or East Bengal or Mohamaddan Sporting – to political parties, loyalty has become subject to either huge amounts of money or even small amounts of power. Very often a deadly combination of both. Classic examples like West Bengal’s very own Mr. Mukherjee abound – a ping pong ball sees less movement to and fro different boundaries. Leaders without loyalty to the lead, and the members without loyalty to a symbol or another old-fashioned idea called ideology – and this is something you get to see everywhere in this little world of ours. These personal, and often smaller group/party-oriented spaces now successfully challenge the greater concepts that we had learnt during our period of childhood. For instance one can think of the now obsolete idea of nation. People scoff when someone says that whether something will be good for India! Or the obsolete idea called tomorrow. Who cares what will happen tomorrow! The West and capitalism have successfully given us the Sidney Sheldon mantra – if tomorrow comes. In this age of accidents (something people now accept as routine and the gravity of something is measured by the number of lives lost) and terrorism (sponsored by some state or the other) and political play (again another parenthesis saying that no play is considered foul anymore – just as in sports we have been taught now that sportsman’s spirit or fairplay are for pansies) all we seem to bother about is the next pay-cheque. The other impact factor now is the absence of any impact. We know that the same company sponsors Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, but do we care. We need the binaries and combinations to keep us occupied with non-existent rivalries, rivalries which are there only in our minds. The players – including politicians – care only for bank or vote accounts. And we keep thinking in terms of anger against terrorism which often occurs conveniently to remove our minds from the fact that the country is being sold by those who are pretending to protect it. Very soon we will see a great South America like class division here in India too – no middle class to keep balance. The Rich will worry about their money, the poor will worry about the basics. Who will have any time to care about the country?


ATBT said...

I can see the point you are trying to make, but I do not feel or empathize with it.... yet. I have always wondered about the 'why' more than the 'who', and I have never received a satisfactory response.

Simantini Sinha said...

illusion and reality- which is real? to some, the pay-check is real, to some human beings.

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