The “Chalta Hai” Generation

Written by Prerna Bidalia

Our Economics lecturer was late to class today. Despite waiting for almost twenty minutes she still hadn’t turned up, so myself, Nidhi and Nikita decided to leave. While climbing down the staircase we saw our teacher finally making her way to class, so we ran as fast as we could to get back lest she harangue us. (Luckily she did not.) She didn’t harangue us in particular, but she did harangue the class in general.

          Unknown to most of us present in class, ABVP had called a bandh today, 13-2-2014, as a protest against the FYUP, but as it didn’t concern us, (we’re the last batch of the 3 year undergraduate programme) we hadn’t even bothered to find out about it. So our teacher began her lecture, but it hadn’t got anything to do with economics.

          Rather she began by giving us an introduction to the “chalta hai” generation, our generation and yes I felt bad when she deemed us as such, but slowly as she proceeded with her sermon of sorts, I realised how right she was. Just because its not our neck in the gallows, we dont speak up. She narrated us a story and I’m going to paraphrase it here. There were people of all religions standing in a row, me included. In the first wave the Muslims were massacred, I kept quiet because I was not a Muslim. Next they came for the Jews, I kept quiet because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Sikhs, I kept quiet because I was not a Sikh. Finally, they came for me and there was no one left to say something, because I had stood by, watching my fellow men get massacred right in front of my eyes.

          You see, we are indeed the “chalta hai generation.” A few days ago, a North-Eastern teenager Nido Tania, was brutally beaten to death, but what did we do about it? Sure we went on protest marchs, lit candles, but I bet that most of us sat at home. Yes, we watched the news and regretted what had happened, but sirs, regret isn’t going to lead us anywhere. As long as we keep sitting and let others make decision for us, we aren’t to going to get anywhere. We need to get ourselves out there and take a stand, or else we shouldn’t complain when things dont go our way.

          Also, I would like to add, what kind of a legacy are we leaving behind for posterity? Is this really the sort of environment that we want to hand down to them?

Yes, just because we had to suffer, they should too? If our forefathers had thought that way, then perhaps we’d still be under a colonial government.

          So the next time don’t let this “chalta hai” attitude get in the way of changing your or someone else’s life for the better.


About the author

Prerna Bidalia

Prerna Bidalia from Sri Venketeswara College, University of Delhi. She is currently a second year, English honours student. She like writing poetry, reading books, mostly fiction and relating to either philosophy or war.

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