This is my first post this year. I have been telling everybody I am unable to write! I don't think I am a 'writer' to have writer's block. Its not as if there are not enough events in my life and my environment inciting posts. Since my mind is stubborn about 'not' writing, I decided to beat it and write about not writing.
I wonder if its Gujarat that has blocked my expression outlets, I would have thought it would have the opposite effect. Since everybody who has ever asked me the question how do you like Gujarat, knows I am not exactly loving this place, thanks to the colour of the government here. They aren't my favourite and even more so in this state where atrocities have been done and they have been reelected. So its not only the colour of the government that bothers me, its the folks who voted it too and THEY are everywhere in Gujarat.
Whenever somebody tells me 'but look they (I say they because I refuse to believe this is a one man show) have done wonders in terms of economic development for the state' I want to say, 'oh yeah!! so who cares about oppression and communal politics when there is money is it?' but I end up saying 'I don't think I can look beyond 2002'
Outlook's Article 'One side of the Divide' http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?271161 confirms my views about the development in Gujarat.
I totally understand people who expressed their unhappiness about Anna Hazare's comment on the development in Gujarat. He has a right to his opinion and I (We) have the right to disagree with him. Its not that the development should not be mentioned but when people of the stature of Anna Hazare praise it publicly, it gives the message that the past is dead and gone and especially forgiven. Is that the message he wanted to give? I hope not!
And talking about Anna Hazare's comment, here is Modi's response to Anna's appreciation of the development in Gujarat. Cheesy if I may say!
Since I mentioned Gujarat's gory past - I read this excellent book called 'The man with enormous wings' written by the amazing Ahmedabadi woman Esther David. The book explores the riots through different angles, certain chapters are very disturbing but revealing of the torture that was the norm during these riots. Must read if the topic interests you and not to be missed if you live in Gujarat.
There I wrote a post! I will have learned that to beat the block I need to just put pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard!