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Blogging and who really gives a crap

“If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?”  – Erich Fromm

It was in July 2009 that I came across sacredfig and two guest-postings later, decided to become a reluctant blogger. After the initial Opening Thoughts and other self-absorbed flush-outs, I find that I am back to the Bunions and all and no longer enamoured with this course of action. Not that I have reached cerebral senility (though many assume and hope that I have)…it’s just so tediously devoid of any stimulus for me. I wonder how people do it every day – blog, that is.

Also, I don’t know what I can write – that may have any meaning or relevance for anybody. I wish I had the kind of comprehensibility that most people posses – making life so ‘tackleable’ with no grey tones; that there was a ‘greater good’ waiting to be served. A ‘greater good’ not marinated in the sauces of ‘vested interest’.

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I was in the Panchmahals last week (at a local school), talking about our wildlife; the tigers that once roamed the forests of Champaner/Jambughoda; the threat faced by the leopards; Jairam Ramesh’s brave steps; communalism and other matters.

A question was asked, “If there are so many concerned people…why don’t you get together and solve the problem?”

This is a question that can be applied to practically each and every problem we face today – not just wildlife or communalism. And the truth of the matter is that we all know the problematic but factual answer – apathy and to a large extent being Janus-faced.

But, who gives a crap!

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With deep incredulity I gawked at this woman sitting across the table from me.  Some months earlier, she had, albeit honestly, made a similar comment about racism.

“And, so, yeah, frankly,” She continued, “At the end of the day, I don’t really give a crap about the tiger.”

Switching on my recently upgraded social-neutral-be-nice-mask to full intensity, I unobtrusively shifted my gaze to stare into the tea cup and curdled the contents.

Controlling the darkness of my mind, which was urging me vehemently to reach out and smack her face; I sat looking at this extremely qualified practitioner of pet animal care.

And, incongruously, even though I registered the inane philosophies being spouted, my mind was latching on to hundreds of other things and issues that many, like this woman sitting across the table from me, don’t really give a crap about. Nor do they feel any remorse.

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The list of these issues is endless but here are a few nuggets:

  • The ongoing Commonwealth Games scams. Not to mention the nearly 35,000 Crores allocated for it.
  • Our ‘power with no responsibility’ MPs demanding a hike in their salary taking it up to Rupees 50,000 – 80,000 per month. This being the only Bill passed without a hitch in the monsoon session of the Parliament.
  • Kashmir burning and slipping out of our hands.
  • Cricketer Dhoni being awarded a 200 Crores marketing deal.
  • In Rajasthan, 90 people toiling for 11 days, digging an earthen check-dam under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and being paid Rupee 1 for each day of labour – 11 Rupees for 11 days.
  • 700 Crores is the total amount budgeted for Project Tiger since its inception in 1973 with the leopard going the way of the tiger.
  • A 12 years old girl in Manipur kept in police custody for days because her parents supposedly harboured extremists.
  • 1.5 Lakh tonnes of food grain rotting in the open as thousands face hunger.

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No idea as to why I am writing this?

I never forget nor forgive because I know who I am and I don’t want to lose what I have and even though I sometimes feel jaded – I still give a crap!


1 Response to “Blogging and who really gives a crap”


  1. 1 effem
    November 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Its because we are all so full of it.


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