Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
Over the past few days, apart from drooling over Hrithik Roshan’s Vijay Deenanath Chauhan,sighing at the state of affairs in our country and following links so as to get rid of the Facebook timeline, I was banging my head, thinking about what I could possibly write on. ”Could it be something around my love for fashion or a satire on the zillion political events that had been taking place in the country?”- I thought. As God and my editor would have liked, after a lot of random ranting, stalking people over Facebook and some hundred clicks, I ran into a very interesting community that proudly called themselves “F*** China! Arunachal is an integral part of India”. The very first glance made me wonder as to how ‘UNITED’ India is and I spent hours trying to figure the relevance of the word ‘United’ in the whole concept of our nation being so.
Arunachal Pradesh, is considered to be a small, but is a relatively large state in the North-Eastern region of India.It has a little more than 20 tribes, with each tribe having its distinct dialect. There are 16 districts in total with Itanagar as the capital. The present Chief minister is Shri. Nabam Tuki, however the last few months have witnessed a lot of chaos as far as the government is concerned.
While writing the above,traumatic memories of my kindergarten days rolled by. Memories of how we used to mug up facts in social science and write essay type answers on India- glorifying her and showing every bit of patriotism we could, flashed by. The feeling was the same when it came to glorifying Arunachal (which we always considered a part of the same India) and so was the intent, but there was this inexplicable consciousness, a consciousness of how little knowledge and interest most of the readers had of the subject and how integral it was (and still is) to my existence.
My fixation with the Facebook page can be attributed to two reasons.Firstly, the name itself is so ironic that it sabotages it’s own existence.The use of the playful tone and vulgarity, again proves how light hearted a subject it is for them. Also, if I may correct them, the use of the word “integral” is highly unnecessary and politically incorrect. Arunachal for once has never been served the status that they talk so proudly of and thus the word ‘integral’ is demeaning.The strangest thing around it all is that fact that most of the responses to the posts on the page are surprisingly not from the people of Arunachal, but from those from other parts of the country.
On my last visit to my village, an old woman walked up to me and innocently asked me “Are they (the Government) going to shift us to Delhi or Mumbai due to the probability of a war?” In response to that, some other women barged in, telling me the possibilities and recounting tales of the 1962 China attack. People out there are certain about the motives of China- they are not willing to join either alliance conciously or subconciously. China will not only deprive them of the morsel that the Indian Government so often provides, but also control whatever little is left of it.They are more torn in between but they know the choice they are making and I say this without having the intent of hurting any sentiments. Whatever has been said, is my opinion of the situation.
Everytime I see the people of my village tune into an Indian news channel- listening intently and watching closely, despite not understnading one bit and being gripped by the fear that every rumor brings with it, I cannot help but feel immensely sad. On this not so cheerful note, the whole ‘Hindi-chini bhai-bhai’ theory proves to be a tough fight between the brothers. The worst however, is yet to come.