America’s presidential election had the whole world tuning in for the past several months. Whether it was Hilary vs Obama or Mc Cain vs Obama, it was all over our papers and our so called news channels. I guess no one could ignore it even if they wanted to.
This particular election has gone down in the history books as one of the most special. As the results started coming out, the drama unfolded. Everyone expected Obama to win but no one expected him to win by such a huge margin, not to mention winning states like North Carolina which were considered a true republican territory. People gathered in large numbers to hear the President Elect. They cried and shouted for the man they voted to bring about the ‘Change they believed in’.
It was actually astonishing to see such numbers and such emotions on display for a election campaign. I say astonishing coz never in India have i seen such emotions over political campaigns. It felt like i lived in another planet altogether. Just then i understood what the big fuss was al about. Obama came and spoke about his win, about the people of america and about Mc Cain and boy did he make an impression. There were no more questions in my mind anymore about how come he won by such a huge margin coz the impact of his speech was so huge that i started calling people and asking them to listen to the speech. The last lines of his speech are still very fresh in my mind.
Obama said “It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.”
I had goosebumps and i just couldn’t stop thinking about what he said. That is the time i realised why everything was so different in our country. Here was country that wanted a change and the people proved it when they voted for Obama. An afro- american who also happens to have a muslim middle name, Barack Hussein Obama. I don’t say that this ensures the end of racism. It most definitely does not, but its a very good start.
We on the other hand are becoming more racist by the minute. Yes we are. We discriminate amongst ourselves like no other nation. We discriminate between North Indian and South Indian, Black and White, Straight and Gay, Man and Woman, Hindu and Muslim. And instead of making people understand our leaders provoke this discrimination, the latest being discrmination between U.P – Biharis and Maharashtrians.
When will all this stop. when will India go from being a developing country to a developed country. It doesn’t matter how many advancements take place in technology or business etc, coz as long as people think about the other persons caste or religion before falling in love with him/her or even becoming friends with him/her we will always remain a developing nation.
I write this not because i think our country will always be like this but because i am hopeful that someday a man like Obama will stand and deliver a speech with equal conviction and we, the people listening to it will be forced to believe. People will change but it will take efforts from each one of us who understand the problem of our country. Only when this happens will CHANGE come to India.