Wednesday, November 22, 2006

My take on Rang de basanti…

Truly a generation-awakening film. Apart from ‘people liked it so much…’; ‘ it became a movement..’; ‘candle light vigils became an in thing..’, etc, what I liked most about this movie was its take on handling the enemy within— the last scene in which actor Siddharth is shown killing his own father Rajpath Singhania, the corrupt Defense middleman, played by ever-supreme, Aunpam Kher.
For the whole lot of Indian, the fight was simply about taking the enemy as close as inside the territory; but for Siddharth! Because for him, he was very much inside the house, may be inside his blood also. This aloof character is shown fighting the hardest battle. Mustn’t have been easy, I am sure. And I suspect it is here that the entire real life patrons are going to put the high ideals of this movie in the cold bag. For not all of us can fight this enemy, the self. We cannot choose to part ways with our luxuries; the bare facts of a provincial life begin to loom large before our eyes. The emotions will begin to pour in. The enemy holds the stronger position, masquerades in different family relations, not easy to identify. This time he is not a neighbour, not a bearded Muslim, not just the rich man, not the father of one’s beloved, not the uncaring ill-treating father; he is somebody in one’s own veins. He has begot him. He has given him life, education, luxury, freedom, love, everything that one needs. And yet he stands in the wrongs’ dominion. For all that he has given were never rightfully his and therefore not yours. It will never be an easy confession. And more acute is the fact that in real life, this is most commonplace. One can blame it on politicians; still harder, on the people who re-elect them to power. But how about our parents! Siddharth has to do that highest terrain of fight.
On a different note, I got thinking on what other de jure remedies could be there to save the agony of the Siddharth Act. If we really have to succeed in making the RDB movement a success, then, finding the softer constitutional ways would be a must. And at the same, it will have to be set out against the Doctrine of Karma, wherein the fruits of one’s actions are reaped in this very world. Balance may not be easy.
The Income Tax Act only deals with the monetary misappropriations aspect. The actual acts that facilitate amassment are dealt as per other applicable procedures. On occasions, the IT department also comes out with schemes for declaration of one’s black money avoiding the penalties. As a matter of fact flagrant government officials would not avail of it. Law definitely bestows mercy on those who confess. But then, people expect a true, sincere confessionary to be prepared to meet any fate. So why a wrongdoer would feel encouraged to confessing?!My recourse would be to forgive the lighter wrongdoers who confess, ensuring non- repetition of such acts. This is also because a big section of Indians would come in this category. For big-time dealers, mercy may be thought only in the end by alleviating the punishment accorded. The real forgivers are always the people against whom crime is committed. I don’t think, ‘Siddharth’ can be fully avoided if we desire a successful transformation.