For the Rebellion...

This is a reply to a post by my dear friend Deva . To understand the context and the basic thoughts on which I've built this post, I recommend that you read the original post first at http://devasheesh.blogspot.com/2011/08/indian-spring-or-monsoon-raga.html

Deva has portrayed the whole picture in his own way, and I don't think I can add anything more to it. What is really inspiring in the whole story is that people are standing up for something, and fighting for it to the end. Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and now Libya have fought and have actually brought about the change. Admirable. Inspirational. That's all I can say. India still hasn't seen its so called revolution take a large scale, a concrete shape, but the seed has been sown. I just pray it doesn't fizzle out in the typical Indian fashion.

What I would like to add to the whole argument is that in all these instances, people have stood against something - tyranny in the Arab countries and corruption in India. Yes, both these issues are worth fighting for. Standing up and fighting for a cause is heroic in itself. But I believe that's just the beginning. We sure need to stand up against atrocity or any wrong doing, and fight to remove it. But it should go beyond that. Standing up against a common evil is the easy part. The tough part which often gets ignored is standing up for something.

None of us want corruption and it should be rooted out. Its simple to say we stand against it. But the tougher part, which needs a lot of introspection and thought, is knowing what do we stand for. Its not as simple as "We stand for no corruption or no tyrrany". Thats just plain rhetoric. We need to know whether its liberty, equality, justice, or fairness (and a lot more, these are mere examples) that we believe in and are prepared to protect those ideals with the same ferocity as we fought against the evil. The opposite of evil is not no evil, but good. Simply eliminating the bad won't suffice, it wont sustain. The evil needs to be replaced by good. In this perspective, this is just the first step. The real new journey begins now. The foundations of this journey need to be rooted in values that are idealistic and unshakable, but open to introspection and debate. These values may be different for each country and even each man, but the thought process needs to be plain, simple, idealistic, and aiming for a common higher goal.

This path won't be easy. It will require a lot of hard work, and the toughest part will be to make people think, make them believe in themselves and their ideals, and giving them the courage to stand up for themselves and their values. It will be a long journey, with no defined destination. But it can be the beginning of something beautiful…

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