An Egypt in India?

Tavleen Singh writes in Indian Express: “Those of our political leaders who have paid attention to the protests in Tahrir Square must be spending sleepless nights. Not because a floodgate of public rage is about to burst open in Delhi or Mumbai but because the reasons for the rage are so familiar to us who live in the proudly democratic republic of India. Allow me to list a few similarities. Open loot of public money. Political leaders who become fabulously rich while ordinary people remain horribly poor. Dynastic succession. In our case this idea has roots so deep and wide that there is almost not a single political party that is not a family business. Then, as in most despotic Arab countries, we have followed economic policies that have created a small super-rich elite while the majority of our people live on less than $2 a day. And, just like Egypt we have a huge population of young people most of whom will move to cities and towns in the next twenty years.”

Vinod Mehta asks in Outlook: “The injustices the protesters at Tahrir Square are raging about—corruption, no jobs, rising prices, appalling governance—are rampant in our blessed land. The tribal population of India, over three times the size of Egypt’s total population, lives daily with hardships ten times worse than those faced by the aam aadmi in Cairo…Supposing, 2,00,000 of our citizens march into Jantar Mantar demanding regime change or immediate redressal of their grievances, how will the Indian state respond?”

So, can an Egypt happen in India? My answer is No. We are a society that didn’t even throw out the colonialists. Why then should we bother about oppressors of our own ilk? Let British Raj 2.0 continue. Of course, we must vent feelings out once in a while, but other than that, we are happy to let the looting, scamming, divide-and-rule continue. Imperial rule is our tradition.

9 thoughts on “An Egypt in India?

  1. Are we Indians really so spineless (shameless) or is it that we haven’t been pushed to the limit as yet. We still have the genes of the Bhagat Singhs and the Chandrashekhar Azaads in us somewhere but those people are too few and those with submissiveness and timidity or just indifference in their genes are far too many. It is when the pressure on these people’s backs becomes too much to tolerate that we shall have a repeat of Egypt.

  2. I think these journos have been hinting at such a revolution because they need more masala to print. We do not need such a revolution. We can VOTE!

  3. Voting someone does not really mean that country is going to be progressive.

    Down the lines, you have to realize that majority of country is suffering.

  4. Hi Rajesh!,

    Hmm I don’t think any race is spineless the key here rather how I understand why the revolution took place in Tunisia and Egypt were 2 simple basic things;
    a) High inflation and huge unemployment.
    b) Access to information, Egypt has 90+% penetration of phone and internet services.

    This is required otherwise there is no way one can organize on this scale.

    India on the other hand we are doing okay in the metros but in the interiors there is a shit storm that’s brewing and there would be a tipping point very soon!

    Recently was with a gent who runs decent size fund and had some scary things to say about the world even the metros like Mumbai too where he sees things worse than sub-prime taking place perhaps in the 3rd Quarter this year, maybe too gloomy but there is logic.

    Its always easier to live within a system no one wants a revolution for the sake of it, but when it happens its ugly and beautiful at the same time!

    We’ll know soon!

    Satyam Bachani.

  5. It is interesting for me from an outside perspective, as I am unaware of the inner struggles your country is facing. I appreciate you posting stories such as this, so I can be made aware of what is going on in India. I do not believe the same thing could take place in the U.S., for the same reasons as the commentators spoke about India, even though one of our ‘founding fathers’, Thomas Jefferson, believed it was a good thing to have a revolution every few years. Here is another thought from him on the subject;
    “If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence.”-
    Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813.