Friday, December 26, 2008

A tough year nearing its end

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

The toughest year the world has seen in the recent past is finally coming to an end. More than New Year resolutions people will make a New Year wish this time that 2009 brings in a ray of hope in everybody's life. Lay-offs and job cuts become villainous term associated with 2008 and 2009 brings back the smile on the faces of people around the globe. People are free to move on the streets without becoming victims of terror attacks.

2008 has been a one of the worst years for the world and India in particular. Be in the over slumping economy or the regular terror attacks across the length and breadth of the country. The second half of the year was the worst with most of the terror strikes happening simultaneously with the global economic meltdown. Sports was the only thing which gave us a reason to smile be it cricket, the Beijing Olympics or the emergence of players like Saina Nehwal, Vijender Singh and Ishanth Sharma.

The visionless political system in the country saw a new low during the Mumbai terror attack. Cutting across party lines politicians were busy making irresponsible statements one after another. The elites in the society who always thought they were insulated from all problems be it terrorism or lawlessness went through a process of self realisation and self scrutiny. Their ignorant attitude towards public issues has caused the country very dear. A section of the elites have finally realised this.

Critics would argue that 2009 can be no different from 2008 in this country. But to be honest there are certain positive signs that many people have missed out. That the country avoided a communal clash after the Mumbai attacks is a testimony to the fact that people are finally becoming aware of the root causes of clashes. The elites in the society have finally shown some signs of responsibility towards the nation which is a positive sign.

Finally the political system in the country felt they were answerable to the people. It may be a small shot at the almost deaf political system but a persistent questioning of our leaders can do a lot of good to the society. Finally 'We the people of India' have to understand our responsibility towards the development of the society and if required take some initiatives for the betterment of this nation.


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