Vision 2020: The Trilogy


I just got back from a massive stage production conducted by Christ College, Bangalore and Script People’s Theater called Vision 2020: The Trilogy. Now, over four years of college, we were subjected to plays that never deviated from the usual nativity/crucification/revival plot lines and so this was a welcome change.

I’m still unsure as to what the theme was about, but it basically showed little known stories from the lives of three people: Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and APJ Abdul Kalam.ย  Now, why I’m confused as to what the message was about is because Mahatma Gandhi was shown as the ultimate example of non violence and at the same time Kalam’s spearheading of the Defense Program was condoned without qualms. I don’t get it. Isn’t that a collision of ideas? Non violence and missiles?

Last year, two Hindi films were ‘considered’ for the Oscars : Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho Munnabhai. Thankfully none of them made it but were still lauded by critics and audiences alike. Both had completely different themes; absolutism and non violence. How can both be accepted at the same time…I simply don’t get it. How can one nation idolize two different ideas? How is Gandhi’s name uttered in the same breath as Bhagat Singh’s? Are we confused or is this what they mean by unity in diversity?


16 Responses to “Vision 2020: The Trilogy”

  1. You hit it bang on the spot – unity in diversity. If you consider the Bharat Chodo Andolan, which is considered to be almost the epitome of a non-violent movement, there was another force @ the same time in India, the one led by Subash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and the likes.

    Btw, why can’t peaceful people talk about missiles or run the missile program. Isn’t it all a question of the proper balance and the right intention? =/

  2. Addendum: Einstein a major proponent of world peace and absolutely against the Atom Bomb project was one of its active contributors. He regretted it of course, however the initial intention was never HARM! That’s when people put it to a harmful use.

    With great power, comes great responsibility =D!

    Ok, I am far too sleepy.. dont think I am making any sense here …

  3. Hey, wat’s so confusing about it all??

    Kalam believes in Gandhi, I guess. Hence the missiles. They ensure that war never takes place. The wrong action with the right intentions. U remember that line from Shantaram? Where Khader Bhai talks of intentions and actions??

    And Rang de Basanti and Munnabhai are not that different either. Same goal… just different paths. Now, that’s not that complicated, is it?

  4. @Guru I agree and that’s what I think too but c’mon, I really feel there is a clash of ideas here.

    Moreover, there was aline in the play ‘There is no way to peace, peace IS the way’. The line was said by Kalam I think…now isn’t that ironic?

    @Indisch “Hence the missiles. They ensure that war never takes place.” Huh? I still don’t buy that.

    See about the 2 films what bothers me is a majority of the critics appreciated BOTH RDB and Lage Raho…that implies that there was a mutually inclusive set who loved both films which in turn implies that this set of people bought both schools of thought. That’s what baffles me!

    Same goal? Different means! One preaches peace and the other a sort of vigilantism.

  5. 5 noconvolutions

    jackass kill your confusions and do what the situation demands.
    if an educated big-shot perpetrates then apply RDB otherwise Lage raho…cuz perhaps if you try to preach the illiterate probably they’ll understand unlike the educated who’re already the crux,might take you to be a threat and killllllllllllllllllllllll you…[lecture lecture lecture–plz you dont kill me now]

  6. @noconvolutions Hey jackass…:-) Actually that makes sense. Applying different philosophies to different situations. Inteeeeeerrrresting!

  7. One answer can be…. Perspectives.
    I am not speaking anythings new here.
    Different people have different perspectives, and hence ideals.

    What makes more sense and fills up the differences is the MOTIVE that’s driven by these ideals.
    Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh had different perceptions and hence ideals. The motives however were more or less the same.
    One of them was PEACE.
    Gandhiji wanted peace through peace.
    Bhagat Singh wanted peace ULTIMATELY, whatever the means be.

    … and, yes, they had one more similarity. At the end they all were hackers.
    Legends who not only hacked the systems, but also people’s beliefs, faith, blah blah.. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Got to complete loads of work.

  8. @Bipin Yeah man…but isn’t it pretty damn amazing that people of so many conflicting perspectives/ideals live in the same damn country!?

  9. 9 Ravenent

    IMO, LRM was about what people would want to be like and RDB was about what most people would actually do given the circumstances. I don’t think it’s implausible to have someone (critic or layperson) appreciate both sets of ideals. What is important is what one believes in though, and that is the crux of the matter.

    It’s all too easy to be an armchair pacifist but what do you do if someone comes and hurts your loved ones? Do you turn the other cheek? Do you offer yourself up for torture too? Or do you pick up the nearest available weapon and set off to fight what, admittedly, might be a losing battle?

    Similarly, we have the bombs and a no-first use policy which is good (though many might very well term it foolish/suicidal). But if and when their deterrent value runs out (it will, one day or another) and we’re nuked, what do you think we’re gonna do? Roll over and die? Or send off our own nukes to try and take ‘them’ down with us too?

    It takes guts and a certain suicidal tendency to turn the other cheek in today’s world. No one wants to back down from a confrontation and in many cases, dialogue simply fails to make a mark. Given the intolerance, bigotry and hypocrisy rampant in our world (even or maybe more so among the so-called ‘educated’ class), it is ultimately up to each one of us to decide whether self-preservation is paramount or the preservation of some noble (?) ideal. How many of us, cometh the hour of reckoning (no religious interpretations please!), would be willing to lay down our precious lives to uphold law and virtue and justice and so on given most people would simply not give a damn? Think about it…

  10. 10 cendrelin

    its not unity in diversity…the only way to make both sides of a coin teh same is to make them look identical….so, missiles n gandhigiri is just’diversity’and this very diversity of ideas tears our society apart….
    during the independece struggle too, the Gandhian side though that Bhagat Singh was crazy, and he obviosly thought that Gandhiji was barking up teh wrong tree….there never was any unity btw the two topics and there never will be
    cos even if Kalam makes missiles to uphold peace and prevent war, the next guy who gets crowned as prez might use it to instigate war….even the worst of human actions are done with the best of intentions…

  11. @Ravenent I agree completely there man…the reason I wrote this rant was only because I was baffled how a single person could embrace two conflicting ideals.

    “How many of us, cometh the hour of reckoning (no religious interpretations please!), would be willing to lay down our precious lives to uphold law and virtue and justice and so on given most people would simply not give a damn? ”

    Like we’ve talked aout this…apathy is the ONLY way! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Cendrelin Actually the Gandhian philosophy was lost somewhere…turning the other cheek was but a small part of it. The real idea Gandhi propagated was ‘Civil Disobedience’ and now I think it makes a little more sense…

  12. Well i believe its more like ‘take what you want, when you want it’. U wanna use non-violence as your trump card then use it if not use the other. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But the show was good eh? Thats what counts! Time pass yaar..time pass!

  13. @Wildgrey Spoken like a true Indian! ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome back man…

  14. Thank you for the welcome. However i must say that ive done the ‘come back’ thingie just too many times for it to be acceptable. Im just soo overdoing it aren’t i. but like guru says being a corporate whore aint such a pretty thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ takes a lot outta you!

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