As we step out of 2016,we are still trying to come to terms with the surprises of 2016 .Biggest surprise came from Uncle Sam when we were still not ready for the first woman President of America .Her experience and qualifications lost ground to the fact that she was a career politician . Physical and mental inertia among the democrat voters did not have a plan B .By proving all the polls wrong , Republicans swept the majority and President elect is promising to undo the doings of the past 8 years .
In India , we were given a practical lesson in renunciation to pave the way for Nirvana .Our religion is all about renunciation but we try to cling to worldly possessions .In India , there is a significant parallel economy of unaccounted wealth .We like to hoard wealth , flaunt wealth but really do not like the practice of distribution of wealth .
In Incredible India , paradox rules .We unearth ridiculous amount of wealth but are quick to innovate ways to hide it during the demonetization .People have died in the queues of Bank and ATM’s getting out their own money but our Bollywood crazy populace has still managed to give more than 100 crores business to our new releases .We dream of a cashless society but our infrastructure and Banking system is in a miserable state .
After the year of Brexit , as the new world takes shape ,we still wonder , if the elections of the greatest country of the world could be hacked by rogue states and the concept of credibility of a nation could be lost .
We wonder if the promise of an isolated world is the winner’s slogan world over .
We wonder if one of the the fastest growing economy of the developing world could be derailed by fanciful and discriminatory laws .
Hopefully we get a better picture in 2017 .
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Great piece and despite reading after more than a year when written it still sounds real and contemporary. Keep writing.
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