If you have Fire in Your Blood……Posted: April 4, 2011
Kerala has thousands of talented and enthusiastic youngsters with fire in their blood. So many boys and girls are languishing in the remote corners of our villages without getting a real break. This is because the growth of the State has been stunted by political negligence. We are compelled to watch helplessly as the other States like Tamilnadu and Karnataka make progress. Our banks and financial institutions (even in the cooperative sector) are flush with funds, yet there are no industries or even small businesses coming up. We have given up on agriculture and we import all foodstuffs from other States. Our destructive energy outpaces our constructive energy. This is perhaps the direct consequence of our political consciousness. Kerala is ticking away like a time-bomb waiting for a trigger.
On the social front we are moving backwards, with narrow mindedness and conservatism ruling the roost. We are on the top of the alcoholics list. We excel in the number of suicides. We have high rates of crime. Social support for the individual is at an all time low.
When you are young it is not unusual to feel alienated from society. Sometimes you feel there is no one you can trust – no one who will stand by you in a crisis, no one who will condone your mistakes, your failure in an exam, your failed love affair, and all those mistakes that the young frequently make before they attain personal maturity. You either fear or disbelieve your parents. You are not sure if God really exists and whether you can count on him. You don’t like either the social system or the political system prevailing in the State. And you don’t have anywhere else to go, because this is your home.
I want to say to you, my friends, as long as we are alive there is hope. What cannot be endured must be cured! Not by taking up arms, not by wallowing in hatred or self-pity, not by taking refuge in alcohol, drugs or other ‘escape’ routes, but by waking up and taking action. Together we can do it. As Obama said in his inaugural speech, “YES, WE CAN.”