'I'm asking you to believe, not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington.. I'm asking you to believe in yours'.
- Barack Obama.
America's waking up to a new world, or so it seems. The race is over and the White House has thrown its doors open for the first black man. Everyone is happy, in fact, exhilarated beyond vision. A 600 million dollar campaign had paid off. At least, something got people glued to their television sets, and distracted them from their real world misery. David Plouffe has every reason to ruffle his feathers and smile ear to ear. His work's paid off as well. Don't get me wrong, I wanted Obama to win hands down; America needed someone who didn't want to fight evil and the world needed to see change in the country it really couldn't do without. But here in the real world around me, things have gotten no better. So I apologize if I don't sound that excited to scream 'O for OBAMA!' the hunderedth time. Or in true madras basahai - 'Obamakku oru O podu!'.
While America's been surfing high waters of change, India's been sinking lower. Lower, lower and lower. The last DMDK youth conference held by Vijayakanth, strangled traffic on Mount Road for four to five hours. No, there was no legal action taken. Then, there's a raid on the home of a television actor by around 50 DMDK party cadets for personal reasons. Noone went to jail for that, not surprising is it? In Maharastra, Raj Thackeray is leading an anti-marathi parade. This, in a country that boasts of the being the most culturally tolerant nation. In the north-east dozens of militant separatist groups are beoming active. Noone cares, bombs have become an everyday deal. Rakhi Sawant hogs primetime for winning a dance show on a famous news channel. Surprising? Naah, It's India. This is where we just let everyone be.
In the past year, India has sunk lower on the scale of corruption, crime and security. Now with the recession slowing taking over, alot more people are dying of hunger, alot more people are in debt, and alot more criminals going scot-free. Will a new political system relieve us the way the current elections swept away the old American mindset? Probably it would, probably it wouldn't. But here's the thing about depending on presidents, elections and business party politics in terms with a whole new world. There will never be an end to terrorism unless the government stop funding terrorists, politicians don't care about the people either, they care for votes. what's left is an anonymous mass of people - ourselves. And the only choice we have is to be the change we want to see in the world around us. I don't know when we are going to realise it, but I think on that note, I cheer for Obama one last time. I cheer for probably the first president who wrote his own speech. I cheer him for keeping the faith alive.