The events unfolding in Cairo has lots of reason for us to cheer. I would think we in India can learn a thing or two from the citizens of Egypt. We may call ourselves to be the largest democracy and pat our backs on how great democracy in India is and if you meet NRIs, they even get romantic about it. But, its time we keep our intellectual exercise away and speak from our hearts. What kind of democracy do we have in our country today?
Have any of us been able to stem the rot when we see one? Can we be successful Indians without falling in line with the corrupt system that is ingrained into our country? Right from the electrical supply to the water connection to the gas connections to the telephone linesman, we need to "toe the line" if we want to get what is our Right. This is the state of our country. Is this democracy? Or is this anarchy? For anything and everything, you need a recommendation to get what is your Right, in this country.
Oh, we do justify and rationalise many of our problems to our huge population and the demand-supply ratio. But China with a more populous country is able to manage with better governance. They make no tall claims about being democratic. Atleast there is no hypocrisy. That to me is the biggest disease plaguing our country. We will rank very easily as the most hypocritical society in the whole world. We love to hush things up and not face the truths. We love to live in fools' paradise and not come to terms, even when we see the writing on the wall. We live in our past glories and love to blame the rest of the world for all the problems we have today.
I see a Cairo happening in the streets of Delhi and Mumbai very soon. And I would hail it, just as the whole world is hailing Cairo today.