They tell us in school ‘History repeats itself,’ and we keep wondering if that actually were the case, why would people be so stupid and keep doing horrible things especially if the effects were documented in the past.
Man must not be too smart though because despite learning this in school nowadays you don’t have to wait years to see man’s mistakes being repeated and rehashed again and again!
I’ve been away for less than 3 weeks and the newspapers look like a replica of last month’s news ; which eerily look like the ghost of last years news, literally one year to the date! Petrol prices rose then. Bandhs and political parties were using this to fuel their own political agendas and getting stronger and stronger while the middle class had no option but to keep paying! What happens after a bandh? Nothing. The country loses money but the prices continue to increase! Air India keeps mounting losses and before I left Air India was on strike. As I returned , no surprises there, Air India was still on strike! The Mumbai airport becomes less functional and the queues become longer!
And this is what amazes me. Change is scary but is absolutely necessary. Our cities need better planning. Our politicians need more accountability. We cannot shut down or ‘Bandh’ when we need a change. We need to implement that change or figure out a way to move towards it!
Next week the monsoons will start and we’ll still have a pothole count and the numbers will still be approximately the same from last year. We’ll ask for accountability, get none and then wait for history to repeat itself next year!
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – as they say in French which means the more things change the more they remain the same! I just wish it was a better kind of same we were talking about.
P.s. (Palat says)-: The trolleys ran out in the Mumbai airport and the AC shut down! With thousands of people trying to get out, I hope no first time visitor judges our country or our city by the airport! Or maybe they should…crowded with no sense of planning!