Sunday, August 24, 2008

Govinda


Yesterday at midnight all over India the birth of Lord Shri Krishna was celebrated.He is the epitome of intelligence and ecstasy.On the next day an euphoric ritual takes place all over the country.The youth form pyramids as u see in the adjoining picture to break an earthen pot which hangs atleast 40 -50 feet above the ground.To the beats of some lively folk music they help each other to form a pyramid of men and finally a little kid climbs up to the top and breaks the pot.They fall numerous times during the exercise but the enthusiasm remains untainted, the smiles on their faces never fade inspite of the bruises.Other bystanders help them with water, first -aid, snacks and most importantly applause.They motivate these youngsters who successfully form the pyramid which has atleast 6 layers of men standing upon each other.The whole crowd seems like one huge living entity driven by an unified thought process with thousands of arms, and each individual an organ of that entity

Guys decades ago at midnight another baby, equally divine, took birth. Her name was India.She is young today, but we failed the celebration ritual to be performed after the birth.The pot of super-power mocks us.The difference here is that it is not 50 feet away but 50 yrs away.If just like this ritual all the youth are driven by an unified aspiration the pot can be cracked faster.Just like the pyramid , here too we need to co-operate.The base of the pyramid is formed by the mighty , like wise here too the base of the development pyramid needs to be formed by the economically and politically mighty.
Just like the dahi handi pyramid, the success of the development pyramid depends on how much care u take of the other layer rather than that of ur own.How rather than being tired you embarass failures and setbacks after being bruised again and again by the system.How you act as a bridge for the weak and lesser fortunate to climb above you.How you enjoy the entire process forgetting yourself completely.
The bottom layer symbolises the mighty and the influential who form the base of the pyramid,the middle layers represent the higher,lower middle classes (economically as well as socially).The little guy who climbs the top is the socially and economically deprived class who is light in weight but very crucial for breaking the dahi handi pot.No one but only he can break the pot(Just imagine a physically well built person at the pinnacle of the pyramid, the pyramid will collapse instantaneously)
The Nasik- dhol keeps beating,dhang dhang dhang, the pot is broken .Curd,honey,milk,fruits,money and most importantly tremendous sense of achievement is showered on each and everyone in the pyramid from the broken pot as it falls to the earth.There is no individual hero as such but happiness, satisfaction and a sense of victory intoxicates the atmosphere.Everyone is dancing.Not a single soul misses out.
Govinda re Gopala ... does the rhymin of this song with the words Go win da Go pal have some divine hidden message or is it a mere coincidence.
Whatever it may be but the message is loud and clear, its high time we celebrate our nation's birth with a similar development pyramid.

3 comments:

Hari said...

The thought provoking anology that is drawn hereupon potrays the sheer passion of writer towards deciphering our cultural events towards nation building and inclusive growth.

A gentle reminder is put across very smartly to the reader so as not to reduce our festivities to a mere commercial extravaganza and work for a larger cause.

Rang De Basanti Sankoji:)

Sanket said...

Hey thanks Hari, ur comment is very well written. ur feed back is very encouraging for me

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