Posted by Chetan
Its summers and ‘ab ras barsega’ but here “aam” does not mean Mangoes. The strawberries love to rival them. Here ‘aam’ means the common.
“He is not fashionable, but talking about him is the fashion, He do not follow trends, but trends are made for him, He is not there in any consideration, but he is the center of every thought process. Who is he? He is The common man.”
– Animesh Shukla
In this post, I talk about what power do the common people possess.
Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri and Clark Kent are two such common man and we’ve all grown up seeing what power these common man possess. Even Peter Parker but I disagree to regard him as common man. Well, obviously he wasn’t one. He was Spiderman.
Power may not always mean Super-human abilities. For me it means the human super abilities, as I said, that everyone possesses. It is only on us to realize this possession of ours.
For the Indian common man, the two unique features of this human super ability has been rage and silence. Mahatma Gandhi, a common man once has been the epitome of this ability. The Indian common man has been practicing with this power since a century now when Satyagraha was first launched. The latest is the episode of Anna Hazare. The common man kept silent even though all was happening in front of his eyes despite being under the table, but he did borne a rage which was rightly so in cashed by India Against Corruption to fight against the wrong. I believe every revolt that we see and every movement that we observe are nothing but different versions of Satyagraha because silence is the best way to utilize rage. Keep silence, but don’t be quiet.
Bollywood has produced two perfect examples of what common people can do if they take matters in their own hands.
Emerging from the darkness of an underground network, we come across a well-lit metro train in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata coming to a halt with scores of dead bodies inside. Then the movie skips 2 years to show a pregnant lady finding her lost husband. The twist in the movie surely surprises us when it is found that she was neither pregnant, neither she was finding her husband because he was already dead. She was there to avenge the death of his and the thousands in the metro killing the wrong doer. The Kahaani of the movie surprises us, but Vidya Bagchi’s role mocks at the system of not being able to do something in 2 years that was done by a lady in a few days time.
A city under seize. 5 bombs threatening to go off. The administration, in turn, turning all its resources up-side-down. The plot turns upside down when the man behind all this is found to be just another common man who seeks justice for those killed in the local train blasts in Mumbai and not by knocking on the doors of the court. By taking the pesticide himself to kill the pests that have been dirtying the city ever since. “Aapke Ghar Me Cockroach Aata Hai To Aap Kya Karte Hai Rathore Sahab, Aap Usko Palte Nahi Marte Hai. Ye Charo Cockroach Mera Ghar Ganda Kar Rahe The, Aur Aaj Mai Aapna Ghar Saaf Karna Chahta Hu.Mujhe Yakin Hai ki Jo Train Blast Huye wo Sirf Ak Terrorist activity Nahi Thi, Wo Ak Bahot Bada Saawal Tha, Aur Wo Sawaal Ye Tha Ki Bhai Hum To Tumhe Isi Tarah Marenge, Tum Kya Kar Loge ? Yes, They asked UsThis Question On A Friday, Repited It On Tuseday And I Am Just Replaying On A Wednesday.” The movie is not about the train blasts that rocked Mumbai in 2005. It isn’t so much to do about terrorism and counter-terrorism but it is an eye opener for the common man to realize his status and power.
With great power comes great responsibility. The movies above show what responsibility the common people can take in their hands if they come out to use their power. The two movies above have influenced me to write this post but while going through the dialogues of “A Wednesday”, it had influenced me a bit further today.
“Mai wo hoon jo aaj Bus aur Train mein chadne se darta hai, Mai wo hoon jo kaam pe jaata hai toh uski biwi ko lagta hai ki jung par jaa raha hai, Pata nahi lautega yaa nahi, Har do ghante baad Phone karti hai ki Chai pee ki nahi? Khana khaya ki nahi? Darasal wo ye janna chahti hai ki mai zinda hu yaa nahi. Main wo hoon jo aaj bus aur train mein baithne se darta hai. Main wo ho jo kaam par jata hai to uske biwi ko lagta hai jung pe ja raha hai. Main wo hoon jo kabhi barsaat mein phansta hai, kabhi blast mein. Main wo hoon jo kisi ke haath mein tasbeeh dekh ke shak karta hai aur main wo bhi hoon jo aaj kal daadi badhane se aur topi pehenne se ghabrata hai. Jhagda kisi ka bhi ho, bewajah marta main hi hoon. Bheed to dekhi hogi na aapne, bheed main se koi ek shakl chun lijiye, main wo hoon. I am just the stupid common man”
Will we always keep waiting like this for someone we love, to die before we do something? It is we who need to make amends. We the common people!
About ChetanA twenty year old infant who fears if crows may shit on him or if Bengali aunties' umbrellas may prick him in the eye. He is currently waiting for Mamata Banerjee to leave Kolkata.
Posted on April 21, 2012, in April Harvest and tagged A wednesday, A wednesday dialogue, A wednesday message, Common Man, Indian common man, Kahaani, Kahaani message, Power of the common man. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.