Something Fresh

Dr. Manmohan Singh

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Okay, here’s an open letter to the Prime Minister of India:

Had my name appeared in the voting list (which somehow it didn’t), I probably wouldn’t have voted for your party anyway, but that matter aside, I can honestly be happy to rather see you in the PMO than anybody in saffron. One, because you’re a genuinely good man. And two, because I could never get myself calling the 86 year-old racist hag, or for that matter, that orange-wearing, progressive-claiming nut from Gujarat my Prime Minister. The word Prime Minister would have become something like Voldemort. I couldn’t have gotten myself around to ever use it, and this is not an exaggeration. But now that you’re back in the PMO, and I can see that it’s mostly the middle class India of the metropolitan cities who voted in masses for your party, I have some humble pleas for you. And these have nothing to do with doing something about our neighbor in the north-west, or any selfish tax cuts.

One, bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. Forget the notion that we’re gonna become a developed country soon. Not in your lifetime. In fact, not even in mine. Half the country (and I’m being very kind with the numbers here) still goes to bed hungry. We don’t need nuclear deals with the US, we don’t need to wage war on our beloved neighbors, we need food. All of us. We spend half the year worrying about whether the rains will be timely and save our crops. We spend the other half (when the rain Gods do answer) worrying about how to repay our landlords from the yield.

Two, education. We want to educate our kids, but we neither have the money nor the schools. And if we have the schools, we don’t have the teachers. And if we’re really lucky and have the teachers, they beat our kids to death. I hope the stories of the two kids dying in Delhi schools didn’t pass your attention. We want education vouchers that can ensure that in the future, we also become part of the middle class India your party seems to target with your policies.

Three, I wish you’d rather be more vibrant about your claimed political affiliation: secularism. Remember Gujarat 2002. Never forget Gujarat 2002. I want to personally make sure no one in my country ever forgets Gujarat 2002. Don’t gloss over them. Treat them, and make them better.

I’m not asking for anything more. I’m asking for equal opportunities. I’m not asking you to make the rich poorer as the Communists do. But instead of solely focussing on making them richer and in turn, getting your votes, give us opportunities as well. If you think long term selfishly, we’d get you more votes than they can. There’s so many of us!

Yours sincerely.


Written by Fez

May 20, 2009 at 9:06 am

2 Responses

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  1. I love this entry! Very well written! I always thought a food drive would work out nicely in India, where people could donate food, and this food would then get distributed in smaller towns and villages.


    May 25, 2009 at 8:53 pm

  2. Thanks! Yeah, we really really need that kind of stuff.


    May 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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