Days are gone when political gundagardi was limited to coercing people to vote or capturing polling booths. The days are remote when killing witnesses or forcefully shutting their mouths were only the elite tools.
Ladies and gentlemen, here arrives the new age of gundagardi. It includes people from all societies, it also has a feel of being intellectual, it consists ever extreme, violent so-called patriotism and it has glamour and flavour. And lastly but most importantly, it has political backing.
Yes, some of you might have rightly guessed – this is “Shut Your Mouth”, “Listen to my choice of music and echo it”, “Dance to the tunes that I like”, “Give us else we’ll put the nation at halt” or “We are your Mom-Dad” menace.
Curbing rightful voices in the name of one or other religion or caste is a sinful act, I guess. Equally dangerous is imposing opinions in the name of culture and tradition. The practice of being judgemental on grounds like religion, caste, region, gender, skin colour should also be condemned. And overall, all these are being tried to be inculcated into the future generations besides fooling the present ones. These practices are becoming pervasive across most of the political flags and non-political organisations as well.
Now here arises an interesting question -“Who is being fooled and doomed by whom? And I find the answer – It is we who are in action and the nation as a whole is the fateful victim. Whether we are accused or a silent victim or a mute spectator, it is we who are at fault collectively.
Time has arrived that we stop deteriorating our basket of fruits. Time has arrived that we raise our voice against this growing menace irrespective of political affiliations or varied social segments of society. Overall, it is time that we stop pointing finger at each other blaming one’s religion, political colour or caste. If not, days are not far when we perish, not selectively but collectively as a nation.
We must rise before future generations curse us for gifting them this latest brand of gundagardi that will surely doom them.