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Being somebody

india Updated: Jun 30, 2010 23:09 IST
C. D. Verma
C. D. Verma
Hindustan Times
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A ‘nobody’, in a democratic set up, has the power to create ‘somebody’. When elections come, the voters hitherto taken for a ride as ‘nobodies’ are wooed by everybody intending to become ‘somebody.’ The commoners suddenly become worthy heroes.

‘Nobodies’ are reminded time and again of their power to make or mar the system of governance. They are thus advised to exercise their franchise carefully.

A nobody is reminded that it is he who caused and brought about many a revolution, making history.

He is reminded that it is he who was the part of that crowd that walked behind Mahatma Gandhi, and Pandit Jawahar Lal

Nehru, and fought all the battles of the freedom movement.

He is reminded that the powerful legislatures like the Lok Sabha and the House of Commons are named after him.

He is made to realize his importance in a democracy. He is reminded that it is he who accords privileges and status.

But all this is temporary. Once elections are over, a nobody, who harboured illusions of being a big man, is shown his place. Those elected by him, just dump him.

The common man is like the river, like the sea, always fluid, always moving and always changing. And yet, he is pushed around by those steering the ship of realpolitik.

The system makes him a hollow man, a man without personality thus rendering him vulnerable.

It is time for ‘nobodies’ to realize that they too can become 'somebodies'. There is a need for those common men, whom the spoils of office cannot buy, who have will, who love honour and who cannot lie, to become ‘somebodies’.