I happen to travel past Vidhan Soudha ( legislative assembly of Karnataka) on my way to work and the route to is dotted with either tourits or protesters. Last week , on the way to office, I had the good fortune to be stuck in the midst of a street protest by the farmers demanding reforms in land laws. While most people on the road were angry because of the blockade, I however, was more than happy to support their cause. Think curse of a democracy crossing the tragedy of the commons and you will know what most other people felt at that place.
But seriously, aren’t we a little too involved with our own lives? When do we take the time to understand what the pains the poor farmer feels ? No matter what others say, farmers are right in blocking traffic and disrupting the lives of hundreds. Its the only way for us to relate the farmer and I fully support their cause. All people who are against this view are UnIndian. Streets were actually built as a place where people can organize themselves and stage protests; traffic was just consequential. You will obviously point out that parks are a good place for these activities, but if we protests happen in public parks then where will my comrades go and bust couples trying to have some alone time. Its one UnIndian activity disrupting another.
Let this be a lesson. We should always support street protesters and encourage them by showing them bigger, more populated streets. Whats our respite ? Well, if there are issues that we face like better protest grounds (roads), drinking water, fuel prices etc, we should head down to the villages and torch a couple of paddy fields or burn some tractors. How else will Equality and Nationalism prevail ?