09/08/2009 by Siddiqui Fayesal
i don’t know about the rest of the world but if one asks me about what i go through when i see a dewy eyed old man of about 65 eating one Tandoori roti and one seekh in Sarvi with the kind of fervour, passion, zeal and relish that one would usually associate with viewing nude models flopped on a beach, while I eat of seekh finishing them with 3 bites at the most and have 4 still left on my plate, I’d say i’d feel sorry…the least. And, I’m sure scores of people would do so too. But how many of us feel guilty.
Guilty because of the unfair traits of Nature itself.
Guilty because you know that you, as a person, have not done half as much physical hard work the whole day as the old gentleman does in an hour.
Guilty because you know you won’t be paying his bill and helping him save his Precious 20.
Guilty because you’re eating atleast twice as much as you need while he’s making do with half.
Guilty because you’re feeding your greed while he’s barely feeding his children.
Guilty because uou know you’ll not recognise the dewy eyes begging in a weeks time.
How to explain the way that the Lord makes us play our part…for the good or for the bad. how to stop myself shrivelling in shame when i see a kid half my age selling popcorn in the Mumbai-Pune Intercity Express. I don’t care if he uses the money for whiteners. That is another story. Do we, as a nation… No, not nation. That’s too big a number. Lets take the number of people eating seek roti in Sarvi on a Sunday morning at 10:00… feel that it is because of our failure at our duty that there are such vast differences in society.
Firangs come and go and are astonished at what they see…Shanties and Showrooms sharing a Wall…How wonderful… But have we stopped and wriggled our toes,in that 20,000 bucks boots, and wondered WHY???
Why do i see kids half my age living a life of hell.
Why people 3 times my age cannot afford the retirement dream that every hoarding so ostentatiously and nakedly parades.
Why cannot we come together and do something tangible.
Why does the industrial world upholds charity so much while their own workers are dying because of the world they help create. Do they mean to say that the plebians are not smart enough to do good themselves so instead of giving them a good wage lets give them charity instead.
The very well known linguist and a writer Noam Chomsky says,
“Many of the basic institutions of our society are totally illegitimate. Do corporations have to be controlled by management and owners and dedicated to the welfare of shareholders instead of being controlled by the people who work in them and dedicated to the community and the workers? It’s not a law of Nature”
Making excuses doesn’t help, but we still do.
The least we can do is not avert our eyes without giving due respect to such a spectacle.
The least we can do is repect Money for what it is, and not what it can do.
The least we can do is to control Money and not the other way around.
The least we can do is sit by our fluffy beds and say a silent pray for those who are fighting a hard battle that, most of the time,claims their life…