Am I glad that I’m not a PR-ofessional. The physical destruction we saw through 26/11 will not only be mended, even the scars will fade. Those that lost their near and dear will learn to handle their emotional crises. The politicians will do what they’re best at – hide behind/beside/despite their ideologies. Things will go on. And we’ll wait for the next strikes for the above pattern to repeat itself. While the terror mongers are being incisively innovative, we’ll do what we’re best at – shout/scream/criticise/blame despite ourselves.
I’m not about to list 101 lessons I learnt in the wake of terror. There aren’t that many anyway. In my view there’s only one lesson that I call “Irresponsibility 101” which simply speaks of the basics of irresponsible thoughts/ideologies/action/behaviour.
Here’s my unqualified and unresearched list of Irresponsibles (a la Incredibles).
- Politicians – whose primary responsibilities have been reduced to providing basic infrastructure, roads, power, water, transportation, security. I met an interesting and accomplished gentleman this morning, Professor A K Puri whose words I paraphrase here – ‘the government of India has become redundant and they cannot even fulfill their diminished responsibilities. No power so the genset industry thrives. No water so people drill their own bore wells. Even the private security industry is booming since nobody has the confidence that the government will go beyond protecting their own ilk (Z-cover). Public transport needs no mention, nor do roads’.
- India’s hand-in-glovers – India Inc. in glove with celebrity personalities from the elite sections of society, both of whom include/own/influence/in glove with media. Media, the perfect vehicle for PR-ofessionals to reach the masses.
- Endorsers – the aam aadmi, RK Laxman’s common man who’s silent/bewildered/helpless/victimised and whose main fault is that he tolerates eternally.