Atlast the end of 2008! Whew, what a year! Eventful, but yet, what events! For West Bengal, for India and for the world in general, this year was indeed remarkable! Terror attacks all over the country, ultimately culminating in to the major Mumbai attack of 26/11, recession all over the world, the election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States, Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi throwing his shoes at George W. Bush (really, if not for anything else, this man should be appreciated for his bravery!), altogether, this truly was a turbulent year! This year West Bengal was turned in to a mere stage where one of the most humiliating political dramas, this country ever witnessed, was unfolded. 'The Singur-Nano Issue'. The central character was played by our very own Mamata Banerjee, as Ratan Tata and Buddhadeb Bhattacharya tried their best to look convincing as the villains against whom our great heroin fought to win her ground. The extras were played by the inhabitants of Singur, and the rest of West Bengal proved to be an extremely patient audience to this entire show! It had its own nail-biting moments, twists and turns, secrets and suspense, and in a way, it was very unique. That is to say, it was the first of its kind. It was a farce, a melodrama, a comedy for outsiders and a tragedy for the people of West Bengal. It was a mixture, anyday and anytime more entertaining than a Bollywood masala movie!
On a more serious note, 2008 was an eye opener for the common mass. We were made aware of our vulnerability, the futility of our politicians, the poor state of security inside our own country. We were made aware of how our own politicians tried their best to pull us apart, to destroy our unity, and how we acted as mere puppets in their hands, against our own will! The coming together of the entire nation after 26/11, the support and sympathy of the nations of the world for India after 26/11, the election of a 'black' President in a country where just a few years ago racism was a serious issue, are not mere co-incidents. It is a clear message. The people of the world are now coming together to fight against what is wrong, what is evil. They are now joining hands to establish peace and equality all over the world, to bring down heaven on earth, to make the world a 'better place' to live in. Let us all be a part of this great movement. Let us eradicate all the evils from our minds, hearts and society. Let us show the terrorists that if we all unite together to fight them, no matter how trained they are, how powerful they are, they won't stand a chance!
You may say I'm a dreamer,
But I'm not the only one.
Hope someday you'll join us,
And the world will be as one!