Dewarists Season 2: The story of the World and its subjects

Its rare that a song fits almost as if it was coincidental with the life and death of a totally unrelated figure. Of course, the second episode of dewarists wasn’t about the death of a populist leader (whom I am scared to mention for the fear of my own life), but listening to the song Tom, Dick and Harry, it was suddenly so apt.

What’s different about this collaboration is that it isn’t about the music. It’s about the poetry behind it. That’s why rappers (if they bother to write intelligently) end up sending a much deeper message and other song writers.
Piyush Mishra and Akala are not very different in their content but are miles apart when it comes to expression. Piyush being the sarcastic, caustic genre of Contemporary Hindi poets (aka Gulaal style) and Akala being the refined, smarter version of ghetto hip hop.
The song is basic, it reeks of Piyush’s ideology of a nation gone to the dogs with its people lost in translation. After an evening of buying water from the back of a shuttered shop, and a weekend spent in house arrest because a city was mourning the death of an influential albeit slightly extremist leader, I wonder. What is that I am turning this nation into? I vote for the most convenient choice. I have stopped caring what the rulers of our so called democracy do or don’t do. I do what I have learnt to do over my lifetime. Turn the other cheek.

Very recently, in a not so important TV series, I had heard. Jesus turned the other cheek because at the time, turning the other cheek was an insult to the tyrants. The point of it all was to stand up and raise a voice, not to take things lying down. Of course, translations are what contaminate our beliefs over a period of time.

“Resist Me and You die!” says Akala in this lyrical piece. Is that really what our nation has come down to?
or are we the ones smiling away at our clueless “Raja and Rani” and being hung by the noose for paying taxes “ragyulaarly”

This one here is a wake up call. Only it doesn’t really furnish the thought of rising up, to me its an anthem about the “Andher nageri” this nation has become. It’s a sad state of affairs this. When one only thinks of one’s religion when stopped by an angry mob, when one quietly puts one’s head down and walks away even after seeing a child being beaten by bullies on the road.
When any “Tom, Dick and Harry” can be PM and any unsecular leader can be given full state honors for his burial in a so called “secular country” where else will be headed but towards the end.

The Wall Street Occupied

As we near the end of one month of protests in New York called “Occupy the Wall Street”, one can’t help but notice a lot of similarities in the methods of our fellow democratic citizens. Of course, there are no hunger strikes, no Baba Ramdevs and no Gandhian philosophies (What we do, we, Indians just tend to be more dramatic)
The basic premise of both the protests is essentially the same; bring justice to the millions who have lost their money. For processes that blatantly ridicule capitalism, isn’t this a capitalistic demand in itself? The reason I never really like these strict economic concepts like capitalism or communism is that somewhere in their implementation, their definition gets distorted.
Micheal Moore is the perfect example of such a distortion, on one hand he talks of the extreme results of capitalism (Capitalism: A Love Story- a good watch!) and on the other, ends up appearing for support in the Zuccotti Park, lower Manhattan and talking about his upcoming book! Now an activist who blatantly banishes capitalism is out there SELLING his books to the world. Explain how that is NOT capitalistic!
The campaign, now being compared to Tahrir Square (what protest isn’t?), started off with good intentions, with every decision being made after a vote from the crowd. But as the hoopla grows, celebrities trickle in because supporting them is “cool”. And with the celebrities walking in the power slowly creeps away from the people, without even them realizing it!
Now, it is difficult to make the case for the Wall Streeters and the bad government policies of the world without being the devil’s advocate here. Yes, they took people’s money and gambled it away and yes, the baffled American government didn’t really do the best damage control in the world. But the point remains, that it happened and lessons WERE learnt (contrary to popular perception!). Now putting all the wrong doers to justice (which happens to be one of the protesters demands) would mean a complete change in leadership across all big banks around the world. Now the people did say “occupy” the Wall Street but do they actually intend to RUN it?!  

Another demand happens to be decreasing the corporate influence on democracy, now with elections and presidential candidate races happening on both sides, the politicians wouldn’t want to mess with the big boys in the “mean” street. And more importantly, the complete lack of cohesion between the corporate and the political world causes huge damages to the economy (circa the License Raj era in India). Such a system where parties would have to raise funds themselves will further raise the chances of corruption during election campaigns (trust me! lessons from the biggest democracy in the world!)
The common thread running through both the movements (Indian and American) seems to be the people’s frustration with the systems of justice in place. But both the protests also have a common flaw, the demands are too haphazard and can be easily manipulated. The more successful revolutions have been led by just one reason, the Tahrir square was all about getting Mubarak to leave and that’s that. The people in that case knew the real root cause of their problems and were not just gathering in a park to state them.
Corruption is so deep-rooted in our behavior that a real protest will have to be that of protesting the mindset of our billion and not add another law to the thousands of legislations in our country. Capitalism and greed, similarly is the American people’s brainchild, so no matter how hard they try, they know deep down the only reason they are crying is because they can no longer take loans without repaying them. At the end of the day, protesters in both countries end up sounding like whiny kids who don’t really know what to do about their problems.
So Micheal Moore would be really adept at telling the big bosses, they got it wrong but does he really have a solution?