The world is scared of today, today being “Friday the 13th”, but not India. We have been living in such a situation for so many months and years now. The sinister day is just a personification of the state of times we live in –
- Any day can be a Friday the 13th to molest women in crowded streets, with the cops doing nothing or much
- Any day can be a Friday the 13th for train blasts which can happen anytime and the victims left on the altar of justice to seek justice (today is the anniversary of the 13/7 blasts) and pick up the threads of their shredded life
- Any day can be a Friday the 13th to remind us about the sorry state that we live in where women in some places are asked not to wear western clothes and use cell phone, as this leads to law and order problems
- Any day can be a Friday the 13th if we decide to go out and enjoy ourselves, as the moral cop is waiting on the sides with a hockey-stick to catch innocent merry makers, letting hard-nosed criminals pass by
- Any day can be a Friday the 13th to remind us that we live in times when the politicians and the powerful enjoy themselves, both inside and outside the jails, and ordinary mortals are trying to make ends meet, without even saying “ouch” – some charge sheeted politicians can even plan to go to the London Olympics
- Any day can be a Friday the 13th for us to realise that our teaching institutes are turning to barbaric acts of discipline and scarring our children for a life time
- Any day can be a Friday the 13th to tell us that today people can die in hospitals not for medical reasons, but political and negligence
What is a Friday the 13th when we live the day in and day out?
For those interested in the origins of the day, please read my previous article on the day - Friday the 13th!! This is Utkarsh Speaking: Friday the 13th!!