The worst thing that can happen in a democracy – as well as in an individual’s life – is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.
Happy Republic Day, everyone! Oh, and happy Australia Day too, I guess.
First off, this has been in my draft box since the 19th, so you know I didn’t get anything done. But I would like my blog to be an accurate representation of who I am. That is to say, doing everything the day before. Also, not following a schedule… I was supposed to have, what, four blog posts out by the end of this month, but what the heck, this is a free country.
This is India’s first, second, third, fourth… sixty-eighth RD. (Another aspect of me… laziness.) In case some of you didn’t know, and I hope you all do, the Constitution came into force on the 26th of Jan 1950, and that is what Republic Day is celebrated for. In contrast, Australia Day (which has probably rolled around by the time of this posting) is celebrated for the landing of the British fleet in Port Jackson way back in 1788. To the credit of the Aussies, though, they are trying t change their national Day. This year is going to be more of the spectacular same for Indians, as neighbourhoods around the country and a few outside it will raise the Indian flag while some schools will drag children out of their warm beds for celebrations in school. There will also be a huge parade in Rajpath in New Delhi, with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi as Chief Guest… and a celebration of dates or something. Don’t ask me why we are celebrating the UAE on India’s Republic Day. Expect another speech from PM Modi. There is an NSG debut at Rajpath, along with shows from the Air Force and the Navy. But that doesn’t matter.
What are my plans for the 26th, you ask? First, I will set an alarm for 7:15 am, before snoozing it six times and waking up at 7:45. I would then wear some kurta and jeans, because my pajamas invariably rip under uncomfortable conditions. I’d brush my teeth halfway through this before picking up my bag and watching ten minutes of the Australian Open. Then my mom’s alarm, named ‘KICK THE KIDS OUT‘, would ring, and my mom would kick me out. I’ll grab a bottle of water and some money before running out of the door.
Basically, nothing except the clothes I will wear will be different from my daily morning schedule.
But enough about me, let’s talk more about freedom and democracy.
Democracy is a Greek concept, as almost everything is. It literally means ‘rule of the commoners’, so there, you high-and-mighties (I’m not even kidding. Demokratia is the antonym to aristokratia– rule of the elite). It is, as every schoolboy knows, ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’, and constitutes of legal equality, political freedom and the rule of law, along with Larry Diamond’s four pillars. That is what a democracy-following country runs on/over- the people.
Freedom, apart from being a house in our school, expresses free will. I don’t think I need to talk about freedom too much- that is what political campaigning is for. Anyway, here is a quote by that genius Thomas Hobbes that will make minds go numb- “a free man is he that in those things which by his strength and wit he is able to do is not hindered to do what he hath the will to do.” Yeah, read that three more times, no one will judge you. Then, once again, is the Greek ideal of liberty- not being ‘owned by a master’, according to the word origins on Dictionary.com.
I tell you, those Greeks are hardcore to produce stuff like 99% of the dictionary, Percy Jackson, Aristotle, moussaka and financial crises.
Anyway, this is quickly becoming a history lecture, so no more about that. Back to me! In school, we are going to watch the teachers take on, and hopefully humiliate, the school team. Why such pro-institutional thoughts? Why, because a loss on part of the younger team gives me a handful of faces in which I can rub it in. After school, I’m going to come home, and hopefully skip that boring sermon that is going to take place next door in the park. I’ll try to catch the Federer-Wawrinka match (#GOFEDERER) before falling on my bed and going to sleep.
Hey, it isn’t a vacation unless half the day is spent asleep.
So that’s all for now, folks. Expect another post, optimistically, by the start of February, or more realistically, by Valentine’s Day. Thanks to everyone for reading, and thanks for commenting and appreciating A Litany In All Things Innocent. I’m glad all of you liked what I wrote- +100 reads already! That being said, don’t think I can’t take criticism. Pretty much the only criticism I got was from mom, and everyone knows I don’t take her seriously.
I’d better get back to those organic chem questions, aka hell-in-life. Kartikay signing off!