There is Something Terribly Wrong with this Country Isn’t it?

7th Feb can prove to be a historical day for India and to commemorate this day, we have made a video adapted from V for Vendetta’s revolutionary speech by the main character. Our intent is to arouse people’s sense of responsibility as a citizen and make a call for voting in Delhi Elections in large numbers.

Here is the text of the speech.

Good evening, Delhi!!!
Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine – the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as any citizen. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this February the 7th , a day not so important till now, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are of’course those who do not want us to speak. They want us to live with the illusion that everything is fine and speak only about this perceivably present well-being. To them, I say words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have media to fill your head and make engineered opinions.

How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? Corruption, Rape, Injustice. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the social media to express your fears. Most of the times, these expressions were engineered by the media and in your laziness to correct you actually fed misleading information into your timelines. In short, there was a shout on many issues but silence on critical issues like health, education and employment.

Last year, in Feb, I sought to end that silence. On the 49th day of AAP government, I decided to speak about these issues and educate myself to take an informed decision in next Delhi Elections. More than 65 years ago a great set of citizens wished to embed the 26th January forever in our memory. Their hope was to remind the country that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of present politicians remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow coming 7th Feb to pass unmarked.

But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me on 7th of February, outside the gates of polling booths, and together we shall give them an election that shall never, ever be forgot. People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of their people. Strength through unity, unity through faith! I am an informed citizen! I am a responsible citizen!

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