Who is taking a sabbatical? Not you and me.

By Puneet Rajhans

The security apparatus may be singed by a series of attacks taking place now and then. So for it to take a break literally translates to asking for the moon. Things look no different in other territories as well. For you and me taking a sabbatical is easier said than done. Not because the superior would play truant but the grind/grill we would be subjected to would be enough to cut short the momentum.
As years pass on, the tribe of people who would prefer and have the option to take a sabbatical would increasing get reduced. Not necessarily for the nature of work they are blessed with, but with the alarming frankness – increasing in frequency – they would be told to be on their toes. Not just cops, the paraphernalia of security structure, the roadside vendor here or a car dealer there. Each and every soul/institution is a sought-after target for the enemy yet to be identified.
A roadside vendor selling his wares, with the crowd jostling and pushing each other to get nearer to him is itself a prompt invitation to a dutiful demon to get on with his job. Or a car bomb ripping apart the conscience of the entire state/country demonstrates how effectively they have captured the imagination of the public at large. So as a posse of policemen swamping the city streets here or vast swathes of countryside/city promising tales of progress there, the arrogance of the culprit can’t be lost. He is out not to let you have a smooth run – in fact the sabbatical posturing would have to wait..
An outspoken leader and a persuasive concern that ensures a comforting environ may give you a break but for the increasing aspirational flock, the break could be an intermittent delay in getting back to the work but none to save you from the worries of when you would get knocked down. This tale of uncertainty visits us every other month.
A political leader that has taken to the hustings triumphantly may well see a reason to take a breather. But the moment he steps out and moves, equally true is the danger of being mowed down by those who were offended by his speech of exclusivity and even for some the promise of governance didn’t go down well. Because if there are those who take governance to brim with a level of confidence, there are equally strong numbers who would like to see the opposite. Not just look to the terror threats that are raised against the state’s legitimacy to rule (Punjab and J&K), there are threats lurking around for the sheer fact that getting terror a new lease of life is their mantra.
Have we come across media bouncers lie low for a moment? None. Reams of newsprint debate the highs and lows of terror tides. But that is all ephemeral. They all go silent the moment an incident (trivial to say the least) takes centrestage. The trajectory on which we should be working should evolve with the fact that since the terror is increasingly getting a dose of permanency, the constituents including the man on the street, has to be on the guard. All by himself. No amount of sabbatical-taking would do here.
Guns fall silent and then boom on borders precipitated by forces along the LoC. The break here may be tantalizing sweet, but a break against terror outfits would be preposterous and sacrilege.
On a lighter note, as this message begins to drive home, comes this piece of news that LS Speaker has decided to take a sabbatical for good to save himself from the onslaught of the Left. He needs a break and we should cheer him up.

Puneet Rajhans

email: prajhans2000@yahoo.co.in

This story has been submitted by Puneet Rajhans, who is an active contributor on Speak India Blog. Be an active Indian and send your story.


About Sushant Kumar
Explorer. Otherwise a Marketer. Fascinated by Consumer Psychology. Founder @ http://pickdup.com . Fellow @IIML (Marketing & Social Media). Ex @Snapdeal @IBMResearch

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