Friday, January 26, 2007

On This Republic Day ...

The two facets of a Republic: On this republic day, as the news channels beamed images of a resurgent, vibrant and proud-to-be-India-on-camera India amidst news of separatist groups protesting or observing bandhs, the mercury of my dilemma soared northwards.

Each time they show these kind of visuals of happy, dancing, talking-on-latest-cellphone Indians to project the image of NEW India, somewhere at the back of mind, emerge the images of hungry and extremely malnourished children, everyday mounting toll of farmers committing suicide and many others who are victims of apathy of not only Governments but perhaps of this new 'resurgent' India as well.

Then the sceptical me asks: what and whom this celebration is for? A celebration by the rich/middle class, of the rich/middle class, for the rich/middle class?

And the hopeful me replies: don't be sceptical you jerk. If you have so much pain in the heart for the deprived, don't just shatter keys, go out and dirty your hand in helping them. This one day is a reminder that we have moved a lot but we still have a lot of ground left to cover. No point cribbing over failures, but to highlight the successes and get INSPIRED.

DD Blues: The live telecast of R-Day parade on Doordarshan's National channel was typically old fashioned and hence somewhat nostalgic.

Actually the whole parade seems to be exactly what it seemed to be years ago, when I almost always missed the live telecast (going to school on the two national holidays was compulsory!!) and had to catch the glimpses on the DD's news bulletins which were of course very few and gave very summarizing coverage.

I tried to know the names of all the units marching and the armaments and equipments on display. And though all the tableaus had almost similar themes (and it seems will continue to have same themes for next 1432 years!) there was an excitement of watching all of them and knowing who was the winner.

I can't understand, just why can't DD make the coverage more informative, interactive and vibrant? Of course claiming some one else's feed of a cricket ODI as your 'legitimate right' is much easier than doing some innovation on your own. Mr. Priyaranjan Das Munshi are you listening?


Hyderabadiz said...

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Vaibhav said...

I dont know but there is something going wrong with us, our country. I dont know its ppl or system or both. But whatever be it is, we need to correct soon ! Frankly speaking I need to find reasons why India is(was) a great country.

Nice blog, keep writing!

Neha Bhardwaj said...

nice blog...i love the parade too...and watched all of it... specially the commentary by brig chitranjan sawant...that familiar voice brings back childhood memories of republic day :)...but this time the commentary wasn't good...the commentators were changing after every 10 mins...and none to the levels of brig sawant...and the tableaus too...i am a himachali and the himachal pradesh tableau this time was a disappointment for me...coz all they showed were the lamas...what about the actual himachali culture...neways....there weren't the harayana and punjab tableaus...wonder why though... and yesterday was the golden retreat...had to catch the glimpses on the news...wish golden retreat was also declared as a national holiday ;).....but while watching the parade i was thinking that how many of the youngsters still actually watch it :)...

Hyderabadiz said...

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