The controversial remarks of mr. modi on toilets and temples may have an election tone to it but its relevance cannot be washed aside. post liberalisation , the middle classes started to confine themselves into cocoons of different hues be it religion . class or language , the 400 million fragmented into a million sub units with each one of them pitted against each other. this phenomenon made us blind about the other 800 million who live amongst us and over time , they were added up with the huge cattle population . we the 40 crore fight for our rights , call ourselves “aam admi” and cry our throat out against corruption , all at the cost of ones with no toilets.
they may be the temples of gold that we live in , temples of cast we pray at ,temples of class we never cross or the temples of patriarchy we defend . the emphasis given to “success” in life from the day we are born have slowly sucked out the humanity in us to such an extend that we admire the ambanis for their mansion never noticing the slums beneath. this is what must change. its about sharing our fortunes with others who for whatever reason were not able to make it to were we are . helping them to uplift india as a whole , otherwise over time the democratic system we so cherish will fall apart . the casteism which must have died out a century ago still lives , making the khap panchayats ever more powerful . we never talk about the burning of dalit villages in haryana or tamilnadu on news hour as they are considered news items from another world. we watch “balika vadhu” with tears in our eyes but will never try to stop a child marriage . we hire bengalis and biharis for work without once asking about where they lived or how they reached here . we are happy for the “vrindavan widows” as they could be with maa durga for the pooja , without contemplating for a while how they ended up in uttar pradesh.
these temples or coccoons we live in is what must be demolished , Mr modi may be criticized for his intention but what he brought into fore is more than relevant.