GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – Warning Signal

 

Thanks Ms Deepika Arora for your views which I am simply reproducing as under:

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There was a country…………..

There was a country. People of the country happily leaving under a good government and a leader. 13% of minorities in the country is happy with no harassment from the majority. The larger coast of country is a trade benefit and economy of the country is moderately active. Country has just emerged out of a long draught situation, lasted for almost three years.

One day few students from a ‘University’ in its ‘Capital’ city started protests against the government. The government forces detained some of the protesters. In reaction to that the protesters burned headquarter of the ruling party. The emphasis in demonstration & slogans shifted slowly towards a call to overthrow the government. The violence has started simultaneously in several cities of the country. The protesters, by now, get some unprecedented ‘Funding’ in terms of arms, ammunition, automatic weapons. Within a month from the start of protest in ‘University’, 1000s of people died in clashed with forces. The protestors formed an ‘Army’ to counter government forces.

The armed battle has started on various city and ‘Army’ captured various cities from government. They formed their own government in the victorious cities. The ‘Funding’ increased and the area of ‘Protestor’s Government’ increase day by day.
By the end of a year, some more ‘Dissident Groups’ in the country, also started armed battles with government forces. Taking advantage of the situation two of the ‘Neighboring Countries’ started open support to the ‘Protestor’s Army’ and ‘Dissident Groups’ and started infilling own ‘Terrorists’.

By the end of three years from the start of protest in ‘University’, the ‘Terrorists’ are now dominant in the Quadrilateral battle i.e. ‘Government Forces’, ‘Protestor’s Army’, ‘Dissident Groups’ and ‘Terrorists’. The infighting is so intense that no one understand who is fighting against whom !!!!

By the end of six years, there are cities with no human life. The largest city of country has not standing building. This ‘Protest’ is now one of the longest Civil War fought in human habitat.
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The Country is Syria, University is Damascus, Protestor’s Army is FSA, Dissident Groups are Kurdish Forces and Terrorists are ISIS.
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This has nothing to do with current affairs of India, but who knows as according to the leaked classified report concluded that the overthrown of Assad was priority for USA and the ‘Funding’ is well organized……………

 

Glimpses from Life & Times of Baba Bakhoran Dass

– We the people of Mera Bhaarat Mahaan

 
Thanks to Mr. Sundar Sarukkai Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru for inputs.

BBD is experiencing a new INDIA of NaMo era in his own birth place at Tola Pathak Bigha, Village Barheta, Block Ratni, P S Paras Bigha, District Jehanabad in Bihar state. This a tiny hamlet comprising of original closely knit 14 families hailing from different caste structure with complete cohesion during childhood of BBD. For all practical purposes, BBD is in his roots after 1969 when he left the place for further education and acquiring skill for better livelihood etc. The birth place is now ruined and identified by only fallen walls and left as such since decades. Passing night with cracks in walls and roof which can fall any time is a new experience, but the complexity of society and behavior of people is rather more troublesome than the challenge of sleeping near scorpions/snakes of all kinds. Now, there is electricity for more than 20 hours in the villages, lanes are being made of all weather connectivity within, but still at least a year away from connecting with all weather motor-able roads. Right the moment, one is forced to walk down from Nagla which is situated on road.

Only a few people from a generation ahead of BBD are left, and 3rd generation after BBD has arrived. Perhaps, only BBD from his biological family is left out to be called as SARKAR (my lord – as per the then traditional word used for his family during childhood).

BBD is experiencing the challenge that belongingness is missing among all, and is being challenged even in the very nuclear family. Father is living with elder son while mother is living with younger son and elder son and mother are not in talking terms since months together. Family pension of INR 1,500 is divided in 3 parts, so the piece of land – whether it is cultivable land or dwelling unit. My faith that being a rural Indian was a simple matter is shattered within few hours. It appears to me that residents of my village are losing their autonomy to define themselves as to who are they and who they want to be seen as.

Sometimes, it seems that to understand our complex society, all that we need to do is to understand our behavior at traffic lights at almost all places in Mera Bhaarat Mahaan (MBM). During morning hours you may find a father taking his ward for school and the traffic police has raised his hand to give pass to vehicles coming from another side – the moment his eyes are shifted to other corner, this man carrying his ward, without waiting for green signal will find way to speed up to his destination, breaking all rules. He does not understand the mindset of a small kid, which is polluted at the very beginning but such stupid and avoidable haste. Resultant effect is seen in subsequent hours. You will find countless people on all short of transport driving through red lights. One does not get a sense of guilt by flouting rules that create inconvenience and annoyance to many who are following the rules. It becomes unbearable more so when they do it right beneath the nose of indifferent traffic police. Such situation makes you realize that while it might be just an another example of rule breaking that seems to be essential definition of being Indian, at a deeper level it is also reflective of a far greater problem confronting our society.

Following rules is very easy, and at the same time very difficult. Class example of traffic regulation observed by we the people during CWG in Delhi, and more so during emergency era of Mrs. G. If you prefer 1st part, it has at least two components: one, the action corresponding to the rules, and the other our interpretation of intention of that rule. So, to follow the simple rules, STOP AT RED LIGHT, is to follow the physical action of stopping the vehicle but it is also to accept the intention or reason behind the rule. Typically, we are expected to follow the action corresponding to a rule and not worry about the intention. Most times, when a driver jumps a signal, he is not breaking a rule per se as much as interpreting it in terms of its original intention. He understands that there is no traffic in front of him and then acts based on his decision that red lights are not meant to be followed when there is no traffic. He acts as independent decision maker who feels that his judgment of situation overrides rules set by a society or to say government. But, there are also some who jump signals because they feel they are not bound by any social norms – more so if his skins are covered by special yarn called white KHADI.

Such ambiguity of what it is to follow a rule is really the fountain head of many conflicts in our society of the day. Should we blindly follow existing social norms or should we be independent interpreters of the rules of society? Sometimes it is comprehended that our individual decision is better than the existing social norms. You may infer that it is useless to wait for two minutes at signal when there is no traffic at all on the roads. How one should act in such case? Does the social norm, even when no appropriate in a particular context, always supersede rational individual decision? Or is it better to have a thinking citizenship, one that refuses to blindly follow rules without interpreting them to see what really suits the context? But the chaos that results when each of us interprets social rules is what leads to traffic jams every single day in every corner of MBM.

It is also this same attitude of individual interpretations of accepted norms that drives much of the conflicts in India of the day, including the issues of governance. The latest conflict of COW Slaughter or EVM or Triple Talaque the debate on such issue and the action/reaction of self appointed protectors of religion, tradition, democracy and the nation is really not that different from the problem of dealing with traffic jams.

Identity is primarily about rules and how we follow. Identities such as gender, caste and religion are largely decided by the norms of larger society, and most times, socialization is nothing but learning as to how to follow those. So how we behave is influenced by the set of social rules, some explicit and many implicit. Living in society is then largely a matter of following these rules, stopping at the SOCIAL RED LIGHTS (SRL) as required. But, since identity is intensely personal, we also repeatedly intend to jump the SRL. We break social rules constantly and in doing so assert our own individual decision making capacity. Choosing our own identity – as to how we see ourselves – is one of the most cherished autonomies that we have. However, this autonomy is what is being challenged today by individuals in small groups who take on authority of defining what our identities should be. Unfortunately, the tendency in defining the rules of what any identity is, role of social media is taking alarming space. Instead of the state or the larger society which was done by people of initial phase of life of BBD, it is increasingly smaller but vocal and arrogant group that have anointed themselves as judge and enforcers of identity. This is exactly like having a group of people standing at signal lights waiting to catch those who jump the signal.

This pathetic situation has arrived because those who are supposed to do the job of creating meaningful social rules have abdicated their responsibilities – just like the attitude of traffic police. In such situation it is but natural that this space is occupied by individuals who suddenly decide to regulate traffic, so too the lack of political leaders leads to small groups taking over the task of regulating the society.

Is not an example of consequence of the natures of our democratic politics? Representative politics is a system where we the people voluntarily give away our autonomy to politicians. Voting for somebody is to voluntarily give a POWER OF ATTORNEY to that individual to speak and govern on our behalf. We gift the politicians the right to govern us in the hope that they will do the right things. But, the behaviors of latest entry of fresh air politicians of DELHI are showing that there is no longer possible in democracy of MBM.

If any individual or a small group start dictating the society with their definition of what social rules mean, instead of a loyal and responsible person negotiating such rules. They then run through society like they run through signal lights while the rest of us sit and watch helplessly waiting for for the lights to change. JAAGO RE.

GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS (BBD) – Close encounters with leftwing believers – a writer’s fantasy or hard fact?

This is an established fact that once upon a time the civilization of Mera Bhaarat Mahaan was a leading ideology because of our thinking and practicing unity in diversity. Now, a section of people who represent fused and confused ideology and believe that whatever the past legacy we had are useless discriminative and feel that only imported communism can solve all evils of the socio-political situation – although, author of these lines have entirely different opinion. The author may be branded as disgruntled mind, as once upon a time he himself was having love affairs with such ideology when he was young college going student with slightly above average IQ during late sixties and upto late eighties. It was 1968, when BBD moved from a very close traditional Brahmin atmosphere of a remote village in the then Gaya district of Bihar to a more liberal, clean, semiurban atmosphere with international repute as abode of Lord Shiva – one among 12 jyotirlingam – Baidyanathdham Deoghar (now in Jharkhand) – sizeable number of population was migrants. Majority of them were Bengalies with upper middle class tag, but residents only for few days and were called locally as “changers” and ridiculed as ‘damm cheaps’. Not far from the place a new movement had taken place called Naxalism. The place was nice for a hideout for few leaders. They were getting good support and all logistics from the local Bengali intelligentsia. The place was frequented by Com. Kanu Sanyal and Com. Jangal Santhal. But BBD never saw presence of Com. Charu Majumdar. Basudeo da a first class student was his neighbor and Dr. Bhattacharjee who was the professor at Deoghar College were guiding force for BBD to develop romance with the leftist ideology. Strong hate was infused for Vidyasagar and Mahatma Gandhi. Incidentally the birthplace of Vidyasagar was not far off. From crow fly point of view village Naxalbari was not more than 100 KM away from the place and local people were mostly santhals. The santhals were so simple and honest people that cannot be described. It can only be felts to be believed. Santhals were truly Good men and God men. Siddhu, Kanhu were their established leaders and Birsa had already acquired the position of Bhagwan. BBD was physically 14 years old only, so the readers may infer the mentality of a boy who was borne under influence of Gemini and a borne rebel. BBD was borne with a manufacturing defect of reactionary, inviting irritating argument, and nagging having problems with all and sundry. The path of naxalism was a blind tunnel. If you have witnessed a Bangla movie SAGINA remade as SAGINA MAHTO (Dilip Kumar Sairabano starrer) you may get a glimpse of harsh reality. BBD was lucky to get out of this tunnel by the end of 1971 – say roughly 30-35 months. Again, this period provided a laboratory for political churning in Bihar and strong political leader in Bengal. Mahamaya baboo represented a weak government while SS Ray was just opposite. Under the leadership of Indira Priyadarshini Siddharth baboo had made a comprehensive roadmap to crush the naxal movement, which was successfully implanted by the entire team. BBD, experienced and witnessed those actions, inactions, decisions and after effects from both the angles. Friends like Jiwan, Durga, Arbind, Rajshekhar Richards, Dilip maamu (Dilip Sinha and Dileep Richards) were the source of inspiration, information etc. Then there was lull from 1973 to end of 1978 due to quest for livelihood. BBD acquired double graduation, got married; and blessed with two sons (both were products of unemployed graduates) During last days of 1978, BBD was posted as a development Banker. The place was further closer to the village Naxalbari – this time less than 50 KM geographical distance. The entire working situation was an example of blatant and nauseating explicit exploitation of adivasis – the most pious but highly exploited common men. We, as a banker too had become a part of the team to take benefit of the situation. BBD finds no word to share the height and depth of level of inhuman behavior of WE THE PEOPLE. On the date of joining the Bank, that was 30.12.1978, BBD was strong follower of leftwing ideology. BBD was supported by Com. Sengupta, Com. Baraik under the influence of great Com. Tarkeshwar Chakraborty. But, as BBD was having very strong liking or disliking character as manufacturing defect – argued with Com. Tarkeshwar Chakraborty as his associate in travel in major part of Punea Division of the Bank, and found that Shri N.C. Mitra (a senior level development Banker (may call him management representative) was doing better service than Comrade (by the time dada was one among the Directors) while one Shri Diwan another Director of the Bank had innovative idea for development in Vaishali area of the Bank, which was implemented under his direct supervision. The love of the left wing ideology when tested from ground reality, even in the area very close to the place of birth of the extreme left wing was vanishing in thin air. Ultimately, BBD became a member of Junior Management Scale I with few months. First reaction was from Yadav ji – the Branch Head. He advised that as now I am part of management – ensure that whatever you were having grievances from management, will not allow happening wherever you are in the decision taking position. Destiny brought BBD at another place where leftwing ideology had great impact and it was Dhanbad – now in Jharkhand. BBD was the branch head of a fairly large branch of public sector commercial bank. The unit was notoriously infamous for trade union activism. The area was notoriously infamous for Coal mafia – a bye product of trade union activism, and countless graveyards of industrial units – once again gift of trade union activism. By the time BBD had personal experience of trade union activism at Kolkata – thanks to Com. S.K. Bose, Com. S.C. Das, Com. P.K. Das, Com. Shyamal Mukherjee, Com. D.K Rakshit, Com. Ashis Sengupta. Comrades at Kolakata were my guru (teachers). BBD closely witnessed the episodes of N.S.Road Kolkata, meetings and dictates at G.C. Avenue, differences between HR and MR. Then at Dhanbad, my next in command was Com. Tapan Sarkar – a very hardcore leftwing ideology supporter with his own perception of Banking. During the last few legs of active service of the Bank, destiny put me to understand leftwing ideology in Wynad district of Kerala – again a laboratory for BBD to understand this issue. North India particularly Bihar and UP states are victim of selective thought process of sickulars and pseudo liberals. The discrimination between haves and have-nots in rural area of Wynad, as observed by BBD was the worst of its kind. Now, BBD is retired person with nearly 50 years (half a century) of close watch to the so called pro poor (or any adjective you can use) ideology, had no gainful fulltime employment, and have no better option other than wasting time on screen including social media. Had to bear great intellectuals like Raza, Yechuri, Karat, Kancha, John Dayal, Varshney, Suneet Chopra few brains of alumni of JNU. BBD is confused once again – are they truly reflect their view points or act as paid stage actors? Nearly 50 years of confusion dear readers. Kindly do mercy and suggest where BBD went wrong – if at all. Either he is right in his perception that they have got only NEGATIVITY, ANIMOSITY AND HATRED towards the established system and procedure and ultimately a bunch of fused & confused bulbs of Indian politics, or BBD is a bloody stupid idiot.

GLIMPSES Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) has a very strong feeling that the greatest epic of the world is Mahabharat. BBD finds solution of all issues, past and present both. Even future can be predicted, if you have sufficient skills. Now, to the present issue of Draupadi of Pataliputra. BBD finds that Draupadi of Panchal was described in the Mahabharata as being extraordinarily beautiful, one of the most beautiful women of her time. Draupadi is described as radiant and graceful as if she had descended from the city of Gods. Draupadi was composite Avatar of Goddesses Shyamala (wife of Dharma), Bharati (Wife of Vayu), Sachi (wife of Indra), Usha (wife of Ashwinis) and hence married their earthly counterparts in the form of the five Pandavas, most of the people believe that she was Sanchi, wife of Indra . Enraged at a jest by Shyamala, Sachi and Usha, Brahma cursed them to human birth. Draupadi’s characteristic fight against injustice reflects Parvati or her Shakti, Kali inhabiting Draupadi’s mortal flesh at times. At other times, Draupadi was docile and even waited to be rescued (as in case of Jayadratha and Jatasura) showing the qualities of other goddesses like Sachi and Usha. Other times, she showed astuteness in hiding their true identity and asking Bhima to kill Keechaka like Goddess Bharati would. Draupadi’s service to her husbands, she had said that she rises before anyone else, tolerates hunger and thirst, and goes to bed after the others. She also gave birth to five sons; all of her sons were killed by Ashwatthama. But since he was the son of the family guru, and she had such respect for their gurus, she forgave him. When the Pandavas had reached the end of their lives and were setting out to ascend to heaven by climbing up into the mountains, she was the last in line. But she was the first to fall and thus rise to heaven after her death. Her dedication and devotion make her one of the great personalities of Vedic culture. She was a multifaceted personality: she could be fiery and angry when the situation called for it, but she still had a compassionate nature. She encouraged people to face life with the same inner strength that she did. After the war, Draupadi looked after Gandhari and Dhritarashtra with respect and affection, even though their sons had wronged her in so many ways. Draupadi is eulogized as the epitome of chastity and truth by Hindus. She is praised for her extreme devotion to her husbands; mother-in-law and Sri Krishna. She is worshiped as a goddess in certain communities in South India. She is also considered as a feminist symbol by certain writers. The epic portrays her Draupadi as a brave woman who demanded justice directly from the King Dhritarashtra in Hastinapur kingdom when she was insulted by his sons. She as Sairandhri (literally: an expert maid, her assumed name during her exile in which she worked as Virat kingdom’s queen Sudeshna’s hair-stylist) again demanded justice directly from the king Virata when she was insulted by Kichaka(the brother of Queen Sudeshna, and the commander of king Virata’s forces). She criticised those kings (Virata and Dhritarashtra) for failing to give Justice to her and failing to protect a woman. She even criticised great warriors such as Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya and even her five husbands for not saving her from the humiliation in Hastinapur. BBD who was born in Magadh, performed his best during most of his effective tenure in and around Panchaal area find a lot of resemblance in his professional life and times with the Draupadi of Panchaal. Like Draupadi, as FR he had to satisfy more than one Unit head (incidentally they were 1+5 Gajraula, Hasanpur, Dhanaura, Bachhraun, Amroha and Joya) to start with. Like Draupadi, he is eulogized as the epitome of chastity and truth by those who were associated with him in any way of his professional life. She was a multifaceted personality: she could be fiery and angry when the situation called for it, but she still had a compassionate nature. She encouraged people to face life with the same inner strength that she did. Like Draupadi, efforts to disrobe him in front of elders were made, and all of the elders witnessed the drama as it was during her period. Whether BBD is getting too much of his character of megalomania? from Life & Times of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – a tribute to Draupadi

GLIMPSES FROM Life & Times of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – a tribute to Draupadi

Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) has a very strong feeling that the greatest epic of the world is Mahabharat. BBD finds solution of all issues, past and present both. Even future can be predicted, if you have sufficient skills.

 

Now, to the present issue of Draupadi of Pataliputra. BBD finds that Draupadi of Panchal was described in the Mahabharata as being extraordinarily beautiful, one of the most beautiful women of her time. Draupadi is described as radiant and graceful as if she had descended from the city of Gods. Draupadi was composite Avatar of Goddesses Shyamala (wife of Dharma), Bharati (Wife of Vayu), Sachi (wife of Indra), Usha (wife of Ashwinis) and hence married their earthly counterparts in the form of the five Pandavas, most of the people believe that she was Sanchi, wife of Indra . Enraged at a jest by Shyamala, Sachi and Usha, Brahma cursed them to human birth. Draupadi’s characteristic fight against injustice reflects Parvati or her Shakti, Kali inhabiting Draupadi’s mortal flesh at times. At other times, Draupadi was docile and even waited to be rescued (as in case of Jayadratha and Jatasura) showing the qualities of other goddesses like Sachi and Usha. Other times, she showed astuteness in hiding their true identity and asking Bhima to kill Keechaka like Goddess Bharati would. Draupadi’s service to her husbands, she had said that she rises before anyone else, tolerates hunger and thirst, and goes to bed after the others. She also gave birth to five sons; all of her sons were killed by Ashwatthama. But since he was the son of the family guru, and she had such respect for their gurus, she forgave him. When the Pandavas had reached the end of their lives and were setting out to ascend to heaven by climbing up into the mountains, she was the last in line. But she was the first to fall and thus rise to heaven after her death. Her dedication and devotion make her one of the great personalities of Vedic culture. She was a multifaceted personality: she could be fiery and angry when the situation called for it, but she still had a compassionate nature. She encouraged people to face life with the same inner strength that she did. After the war, Draupadi looked after Gandhari and Dhritarashtra with respect and affection, even though their sons had wronged her in so many ways. Draupadi is eulogized as the epitome of chastity and truth by Hindus. She is praised for her extreme devotion to her husbands; mother-in-law and Sri Krishna. She is worshiped as a goddess in certain communities in South India. She is also considered as a feminist symbol by certain writers. The epic portrays her Draupadi as a brave woman who demanded justice directly from the King Dhritarashtra in Hastinapur kingdom when she was insulted by his sons. She as Sairandhri (literally: an expert maid, her assumed name during her exile in which she worked as Virat kingdom’s queen Sudeshna’s hair-stylist) again demanded justice directly from the king Virata when she was insulted by Kichaka(the brother of Queen Sudeshna, and the commander of king Virata’s forces). She criticised those kings (Virata and Dhritarashtra) for failing to give Justice to her and failing to protect a woman. She even criticised great warriors such as Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya and even her five husbands for not saving her from the humiliation in Hastinapur.

 

BBD who was born in Magadh, performed his best during most of his effective tenure in and around Panchaal area find a lot of resemblance in his professional life and times with the Draupadi of Panchaal. Like Draupadi, as FR he had to satisfy more than one Unit head (incidentally they were 1+5 Gajraula, Hasanpur, Dhanaura, Bachhraun, Amroha and Joya) to start with. Like Draupadi, he is eulogized as the epitome of chastity and truth by those who were associated with him in any way of his professional life. She was a multifaceted personality: she could be fiery and angry when the situation called for it, but she still had a compassionate nature. She encouraged people to face life with the same inner strength that she did. Like Draupadi, efforts to disrobe him in front of elders were made, and all of the elders witnessed the drama as it was during her period. Whether BBD is getting too much of his character of megalomania?

GLIMPSES from the LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – We the people of MERA BHAARAT MAHAAN

Thanks to Mr. Sundar Sarukkai Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru for inputs.

BBD is experiencing a new INDIA of NaMo era in his own birth place at Tola Pathak Bigha, Village Barheta, Block Ratni, P S Paras Bigha, District Jehanabad in Bihar state. This a tiny hamlet comprising of original closely knit 14 families hailing from different caste structure with complete cohesion during childhood of BBD. For all practical purposes, BBD is in his roots after 1969 when he left the place for further education and acquiring skill for better livelihood etc. The birth place is now ruined and identified by only fallen walls and left as such since decades. Passing night with cracks in walls and roof which can fall any time is a new experience, but the complexity of society and behavior of people is rather more troublesome than the challenge of sleeping near scorpions/snakes of all kinds. Now, there is electricity for more than 20 hours in the villages, lanes are being made of all weather connectivity within, but still at least a year away from connecting with all weather motor-able roads. Right the moment, one is forced to walk down from Nagla which is situated on road.

Only a few people from a generation ahead of BBD are left, and 3rd generation after BBD has arrived. Perhaps, only BBD from his biological family is left out to be called as SARKAR (my lord – as per the then traditional word used for his family during childhood).

BBD is experiencing the challenge that belongingness is missing among all, and is being challenged even in the very nuclear family. Father is living with elder son while mother is living with younger son and elder son and mother are not in talking terms since months together. Family pension of INR 1,500 is divided in 3 parts, so the piece of land – whether it is cultivable land or dwelling unit. My faith that being a rural Indian was a simple matter is shattered within few hours. It appears to me that residents of my village are losing their autonomy to define themselves as to who are they and who they want to be seen as.

Sometimes, it seems that to understand our complex society, all that we need to do is to understand our behavior at traffic lights at almost all places in Mera Bhaarat Mahaan (MBM). During morning hours you may find a father taking his ward for school and the traffic police has raised his hand to give pass to vehicles coming from another side – the moment his eyes are shifted to other corner, this man carrying his ward, without waiting for green signal will find way to speed up to his destination, breaking all rules. He does not understand the mindset of a small kid, which is polluted at the very beginning but such stupid and avoidable haste. Resultant effect is seen in subsequent hours. You will find countless people on all short of transport driving through red lights. One does not get a sense of guilt by flouting rules that create inconvenience and annoyance to many who are following the rules. It becomes unbearable more so when they do it right beneath the nose of indifferent traffic police. Such situation makes you realize that while it might be just an another example of rule breaking that seems to be essential definition of being Indian, at a deeper level it is also reflective of a far greater problem confronting our society.

Following rules is very easy, and at the same time very difficult. Class example of traffic regulation observed by we the people during CWG in Delhi, and more so during emergency era of Mrs. G. If you prefer 1st part, it has at least two components: one, the action corresponding to the rules, and the other our interpretation of intention of that rule. So, to follow the simple rules, STOP AT RED LIGHT, is to follow the physical action of stopping the vehicle but it is also to accept the intention or reason behind the rule. Typically, we are expected to follow the action corresponding to a rule and not worry about the intention. Most times, when a driver jumps a signal, he is not breaking a rule per se as much as interpreting it in terms of its original intention. He understands that there is no traffic in front of him and then acts based on his decision that red lights are not meant to be followed when there is no traffic. He acts as independent decision maker who feels that his judgment of situation overrides rules set by a society or to say government. But, there are also some who jump signals because they feel they are not bound by any social norms – more so if his skins are covered by special yarn called white KHADI.

Such ambiguity of what it is to follow a rule is really the fountain head of many conflicts in our society of the day. Should we blindly follow existing social norms or should we be independent interpreters of the rules of society? Sometimes it is comprehended that our individual decision is better than the existing social norms. You may infer that it is useless to wait for two minutes at signal when there is no traffic at all on the roads. How one should act in such case? Does the social norm, even when no appropriate in a particular context, always supersede rational individual decision? Or is it better to have a thinking citizenship, one that refuses to blindly follow rules without interpreting them to see what really suits the context? But the chaos that results when each of us interprets social rules is what leads to traffic jams every single day in every corner of MBM.

It is also this same attitude of individual interpretations of accepted norms that drives much of the conflicts in India of the day, including the issues of governance. The latest conflict of COW Slaughter or EVM or Triple Talaque the debate on such issue and the action/reaction of self appointed protectors of religion, tradition, democracy and the nation is really not that different from the problem of dealing with traffic jams.

Identity is primarily about rules and how we follow. Identities such as gender, caste and religion are largely decided by the norms of larger society, and most times, socialization is nothing but learning as to how to follow those. So how we behave is influenced by the set of social rules, some explicit and many implicit. Living in society is then largely a matter of following these rules, stopping at the SOCIAL RED LIGHTS (SRL) as required. But, since identity is intensely personal, we also repeatedly intend to jump the SRL. We break social rules constantly and in doing so assert our own individual decision making capacity. Choosing our own identity – as to how we see ourselves – is one of the most cherished autonomies that we have. However, this autonomy is what is being challenged today by individuals in small groups who take on authority of defining what our identities should be. Unfortunately, the tendency in defining the rules of what any identity is, role of social media is taking alarming space. Instead of the state or the larger society which was done by people of initial phase of life of BBD, it is increasingly smaller but vocal and arrogant group that have anointed themselves as judge and enforcers of identity. This is exactly like having a group of people standing at signal lights waiting to catch those who jump the signal.

This pathetic situation has arrived because those who are supposed to do the job of creating meaningful social rules have abdicated their responsibilities – just like the attitude of traffic police. In such situation it is but natural that this space is occupied by individuals who suddenly decide to regulate traffic, so too the lack of political leaders leads to small groups taking over the task of regulating the society.

Is not an example of consequence of the natures of our democratic politics? Representative politics is a system where we the people voluntarily give away our autonomy to politicians. Voting for somebody is to voluntarily give a POWER OF ATTORNEY to that individual to speak and govern on our behalf. We gift the politicians the right to govern us in the hope that they will do the right things. But, the behaviors of latest entry of fresh air politicians of DELHI are showing that there is no longer possible in democracy of MBM.

If any individual or a small group start dictating the society with their definition of what social rules mean, instead of a loyal and responsible person negotiating such rules. They then run through society like they run through signal lights while the rest of us sit and watch helplessly waiting for for the lights to change. JAAGO RE.