24 September, 2020

Teflon-Coated Bubble Wrap Cocoons

Where's the rebellion in our youth, their questioning spirit? What breeds their willing cooption?

Teflon-Coated Bubble Wrap Cocoons
In a recent interview, Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh, talking about corruption in politics, said that hope lay in the younger generation as his own had failed to get rid of it. The moot question is: does the young generation even realise its onerous responsibility?

A recent market survey by a soft drink mnc among its target segment (read youth) says that 60 per cent of India's young people are happy, positive, have a high sense of confidence, and are raring to go.

Is this something to celebrate as part of our all-pervasive India Shining campaign, or is it something to ponder over? Where does this happiness originate? Does it come from a Teflon-coated bubble wrap that protects you from questioning, or from not seeing oneself as a part of this thriving polity?

All around, I see a smugness, a desire to be coopted, a conducted tour of insanity. "I'll marry a girl of my choice but only with my parents' approval"; "I'll choose a career of my liking only if it's well-paying"; "I...


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