Our contemporary abysmal state of things and situation is directly proportional to our fishbowl mentality and exhibits our myopic approach. Current government and the entourage of its ministers for the first two years were grappling to identify themselves with the fact that they were in the power, finally.Now that they have, sort of, realized it, comes the time to plan and take action. Though what is their plan to wade through a sea of teething troubles they have inherited, not by the previous government, but as the sum of the performance of all previous governments, still remains distant in the second dimension of Aristotle’s world.
Once we were active and an influential member of the global community. Friends sought our support to iron out their familiar or unfamiliar problems, and our foes dreaded us. The circle of influence we exercised was larger, much larger, than the circle of concern we had then. Today we stand viz a viz that prided place and position we once proclaimed and our circle of concern is ever engulfing our, very, marginal circle of influence, almost non extinct. No one is to be blamed for it, but we ourselves. Petty internal politics, lust for power in some of our elderly statesmen, tug of war between the civil and military bureaucracy, lack of devolution of power to the grassroots level and a downright state of anomie on the part of those who claimed to be democratically elected leaders are some of the logical reasons for this demise. But chiefly, being prisoners of our fishbowl mentality, we have clung to the same outdated mechanics at the global level and the self-same fishbowl thinking, not breaking away from that unwanted tradition. And the results are drastically tell-tale. Dynamics have changed so much in the global politics, but we did not keep pace with the changing times. Resultantly, we find ourselves alone and isolated. Even the closes of our friend has, per media reports, decided to invest some 76 billion$ in one of the orange colored company. For us people do not even have peanuts that we were so proud of to have once. On our part, we would people to invest in our land, but not provide them the confidence to make those huge investments. By the way, what is our policy for getting the direct foreign investment in our land, or when was the last FDI made and what was the size of that investment. We need to revise our policies and before that our fishbowl mentality that lets us think that by merely declaring an investment policy, foreign investors start thronging to our land.
Aggression from the orange colored country is all the time escalating at every level. From Mumbai Attacks to Palwama, our neighbor has let no chance slip out of her hands in rubbing it on,on us.Our reaction to such propaganda is defensive for eons. Even if a pigeon loses its GPS and enters that territory, it becomes a perilous terrorist carrying atomic weapons of mass destruction in its wings. Indeed, men in green have made marvelous progress in the field of science and technology for some nations. Think of the locust attack launched by the men in green, per the orange colored media, to sabotage the orange economy. See, how some fishbowl thinkingcowboy journalists keep creating firebrand journalism to earn their bread. Traces ofburnt houses, spray of Phosphorus and other chemicals and the ‘heroics’ of the Dehli Police and rogues though find storylines only in NY Times, Washington Post and BBC.Anti-muslim paradigm has been selling like anything in the land of peace and Ehinsa for a decent length of time, now.Ethnocentricity runs in the blood for the people of the subcontinent. Xenophobia in the orange colored land claims how many lives per year is a study worth doing. What percentage of it gets reported is down on the trend line and how much of it all makes its way into the international dailies and journals of repute is still befuddling. Economic strings wield more power than the human conscience at any level, in any country. And those recurrent pattern of ‘friendly’ firing on the borders is no glorious tale to relate, but is enough to divulge that the powerful has no conscience. Amidst all this, we have the same disappointing response at the state level. No federal or provincial minister stands up to highlight these actualities.World is full of so many other colorful activities. Bringing down ex-ministers of ex governments is more engaging a task than anything else.All of us are in acknowledgement of it, yet we, at the state and opposition level, try the same stereotypical methods and never rise above our fishbowl mentality to see beyond the usual mundane we are so used to see.
Ignorance is a blessing. Innocent as angles, the ministers are, some of them, not all, are still trying to steal the thunder which really never existed. They do not have the power to create their own thunder, so the only option remains wide open, and lucrative too, to them is to brace the self-same fishbowl mentality by singing in choir the ills created by the previous government. Every new government does the same, and every previous government gets the blame. Though if you moved back in time, you may come across so many of the same faces in those governments and a multitude of them in the present one. Be not surprised if you see a familiar face of today smiling at a different pedestal. What is tragic to observe is the failure of state to deliver and its inability to resolve common man’s petty problems. Some cynics might grin and say that the present regime has contributed more to adding to the problems of the subject people than resolving it a wee bit. But, show me a hotheaded minister who stands up and stands out to challenge the orange aggression, state of our loneliness in the comity of nations or any of the problems staring into our face, in the present lot. Everyone is so keen in laying the responsibility to the government they have replaced, and on their part the ex-government did the same and so on and so forth. In order that we fought against and emerged victorious to the perennial problems we are wrestling with we must give up on our fishbowl mentality first to see the things as they are. Until such times we do it, the fogginess of our vision and the clumsiness of our action (inaction to be exact) shall not go away.
The Writer is a globe trotter, a prolific writer with an orientation to digging into the ailments of our social fabric.