LETTER FROM AMERICA

Published:  12:23 AM, 19 September 2019

Reimbursing writers...what for?


Our small world has enough space for artists and writers of sorts-even if the audience may not like him (or her). There do exist writers like me, who wish to be recognized for their work. Do my readers regard me as a person, who is a teacher, a scholar or a lyric who weaves a dream, or someone who loves to create a piece.... fabricating joy, to provide a heartwarming 'sculpture' in the rhythm, and rhyme of a poem, or a vibrant, imagery gifted to a novel?

A musician who plays an instrument or a ballet dancer may reach the heights of artistic glamor in his (or her) dedication, or shall I say, interpretative execution.

And then, there are the nameless writers like me, who work every day, unrecognized and never ask to get paid, for the beauty that was created in more than 300 pieces....to look and admire something, that is, as pleasant and symbolic as looms or the  potter's wheels.

Like the precious sunshine, air, water and happy things in life, which have value and are available, free (of cost)- do my writings carry a value....which cannot be reimbursed?

There are writers who want to make a point and writers who ask questions. The artist of persuasion, for example, is one of the most honored, since times untold. He can move his readers to tears and rage at the same time, as Mark Antony did in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Like the great statesmen of their times, the Prime Ministers of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are all gifted persons-with the creative ability to persuade their listeners of anything he or she pleases; his or her unique brew is composed of direction and sophistry. Was Shakespeare's Mark Antony, even so much talented or... gifted?

To top this all, Indian prime minister does have the modesty of the true artist. In a rally in Mathura, he produced a tale out of counter-intuitive ingredients in a flash-that there are some people who get an electric shock, when they hear the words 'Om' and 'cow' - and presented it humbly as the mere truth.

Perhaps woven artistically into this comment, is the assertion of 'majority' as a sentiment that is now widespread enough for elected representatives to support publicly groups charged with lynching. The prime minister's emphasis on 'Om' and the 'cow' was unmistakably a reminder of the Hindutva tone the BJP believes to be characteristic of a fast evolving, Indian culture.....or, the Hindu culture?

Is it therefore no wonder that Modi, the prime minister has said that those who think that 'taking the name of cow' pulls back the country to the past, are on the verge of destroying everything that India has achieved?

However, there still remains a minor inconvenience around:  and, this is called India's Constitution. According to this founding text, India is a secular country. The prime minister of such a country is expected to be secular too, not exclusivist and inclined towards the 'majority'.

Is Narendra Modi not the prime minister of the whole country? I simply do not mean...just of the BJP and its siblings and followers.

He simply cannot afford to spend all his time attacking anyone who does not agree with the party's policies and values.

Never mind the fact that India's prime minister is a true artist; he has never let minor considerations such as the 'Constitution' or prime ministerial 'horizons', interrupt his creative 'flights' or passionate journeys, by the forces that are destined to make India great and greater.

And obviously, all this-even when he has to address something as mundane as a badly governed, flagging economy.
Good luck to the three Prime Ministers and their followers.



The writer is a former educator based in Chicago

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