ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Flourishing despite Strike

activities take place accelerates, so much so that each one, for dear life, has to run or scoot. Such huffing and putting, such scheduling and rescheduling serves a major purpose. People are disgruntled, rumblings of discontent are all over, but social revolution must be aborted at aIl cost, so this is what goes. You take the people, fast, through the paces, they will come to experience a kind of feverish adventure. You may not go anywhere, the economy may stagnate, prices may shoot up, the work opportunities may shrink day after day, but for those caught in the whirlpool of the game, there is not a moment to think, all the while, they are going down by the up escalator, they are coming up by the down escalator, there is a melee, a confusion, a near- riot, the co-ordinates get jumbled up, every few seconds, beyond redemption; there is no revolution, there must not be any revolution, but people go through the illusion of movement, they learn to stand and not to stand, they learn to be still and not to be still. And they learn not to think. Perhaps this is the lesson the autho rities, who have ordered Parliament to shift its dates, ordered schools to close, ordered cement and steel and trains to move along non-priority directions, would like to sink in. There will be no change, there will be no growth, but, why worry, there will be shuffling. There will be no systems or standards or rules, but, why worry, every day there will be a dazzling new code of exhibitionistie, amoral behaviour. As the Prime Minister has forewarned, there is going to be abridgement of the role of Parliament in our parliamentary democracy, but, why worry, you will have the assurance of plenty of other fun and games, such as the Asiad.

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