July 13, 2009

Of the things there were deemed never to happen

An intense churning has been going on in the minds and hearts of those who live on this third rock from the sun - for the past few months. The signs were there, especially for those who could see through the maze.

Of the things that are assured great continuity of form are certain political events that were meant to be as long lasting as time itself is. And with the baggage, a Punjabi, bengali, tamil, kannada, english speaking person like me was certain that somethings would outlive me and the times ahead.

First on the list has to be the venerable communist government of West Bengal. Then would come the fight between LTTE and the Lanka government, then the communist occupation of Tibet and in the earlier times, the continued defiance of Veerapan. These events were considered to be perpetually in status quo, now, in this life and for a long time from now.

Now, since it has been more than a month that the CPM wallahs got thrashed in Bengal and subsequently in the municipal elections - the winds of change seems to blowing hard in the complex piece of land that is bengal. What was once thought to be an impossibility is now knocking on the doors of history and the bastion seems to be crumbling. Whether it will happen now or later is by itself a question that begets astonishment. Even a few months before was such a question never asked in that land and whether one likes it or not, the role of Mamata Benerjee and her now legendary struggle against the honchos of the CPM will make for interesting reading for times to come. So 2011 will be interesting.

Veerapan died after a long fight - almost suddenly, especially since nobody thought it would really happen and in this life. Though in a postscript, I always maintain that the day he died, vultures descended upon Sathyamangalam and adjoining forests and began the irreversible process of stripping away that magical piece of undisturbed forest. So with Veerapan gone, guess the forest is conducting its last rites now.

Then was the eternal war between Prabhakar on one side and various actors on the other. But it took a Rajapaksa to do the unattainable and do it through the process of concrete political action - I will always consider this 8 month offensive as a political war as opposed to a military offensive, as he ensured that no nut is loose and leakage occurred. What was considered impossible just unfolded before our eyes, down to seeing Prabhakaran down there, in the wetland.

Now it brings me to the eternal crisis of our modern times. Tibet and China. Will we in our lives see a free Tibet and more importantly will it happen during the venerable Dalai Lama's time. I wonder.