Thursday, 19 May 2016

Taking Out the Trash – Together

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Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that we introduce to you, BharaTRASHtra.

Who are we? That was the first question in our brief to ourselves for our introductory piece. It is a good question, however, after mulling over what to say for a while; I think I will start with the “Why” rather than the “Who”.

Bear with me, I speak from my heart.

India a relatively new nation, and like every nation conceived in the throes of struggle, she was birthed from lofty ideals. And I do mean lofty. Ideals that quicken your pulse and make you proud to be a citizen, the kind that give you goose bumps when you read the stories. The tenets of Justice, Equality, Liberty and Fraternity were etched in stone. Integrity, progress, and patriotism on the lips of bright eyed and hopeful new citizens. Behold! The Independent, Democratic, Socialist Republic of India. What a marvelous thing! That was in the year 1947.

This is the year 2016, and we are now hard pressed to find a trace of these ideals when we review the illustrious line up of our leadership. Somehow, we have descended in to an abyss. The kings of this abyss are the worst that humanity has to offer. There is really no other way to say it. Our government, has for some years now, been a veritable cesspool. Whichever side of the aisle you sit on, or whether you are squatting right in the aisle, I think we can all agree, that those leading us, are far from the best we have to offer. Leaders accused of rape, murder, corruption, communal violence...the list is endless. Those whose hands are spotless are too few and very far between, and are beleaguered by abject stupidity, or inefficacy.

It is often said, and I paraphrase, that a democratically elected government is a reflection of its people. I find that hard to digest. I do not see my reflection anywhere. The people I know are good people; I do not see their reflections anywhere.

So how did we get here?

The answer is simple. The average voter is a lethal combination of misinformed and uninformed. Thomas Jefferson said "Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." – Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207

And that, my friends, is where we come in. It is our mission to clean out the Augean stable. We seek to sift through all the propaganda, all the misinformation, the blatant lies, the loud headlines and the meaningless sound bites to get to the bottom of the issues, past and present. We will tell the truth and tell it loudly. We seek to encourage everyone, ourselves included, to shed the shackles of apathy and demand better, for every Indian. We have no loyalties but to Integrity, Justice, Secularism, Equality and Harmony. We seek to start a conversation with you, that together we may grow to be an informed citizenry.

Yours truly,

Athos, Porthos, Aramis

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