Anyway, this day is also celebrated as Children’s Day – for legend has it that the Original Chacha loved all his bhateejas and bhateejis – us. Yet, when a loving bhateeja like me finally acquired the wisdom to reassess the man, he was forced to conclude that Chacha Nehru was EVIL. Read that historic article here.
Actually, it was Bastiat who really loved the young. His preface to Economic Harmonies is titled “To The Youth” – and this essay is the first in my The Essential Frederic Bastiat: free download here. The essay begins thus:
Eagerness to learn, the need to believe in something, minds still immune to age-old prejudices, hearts untouched by hatred, zeal for worthy causes, ardent affections, unselfishness, loyalty, good faith, enthusiasm for all that is good, beautiful, sincere, great, wholesome, and spiritual—such are the priceless gifts of youth. That is why I dedicate this book to the youth.
So read Bastiat and don’t read Chacha’s books at all.
And talking about the youth, I must report the horrific tale of what happened as I surfed the ToI website this morning. There is a feature on the homepage called “Cities” where you can choose the city you want and obtain news of happenings there. After looking around here and there, I finally clicked on Pune. And the first item on the list, written in bold letters, was this:
Two killed in road mishap
I was immediately taken back to the few months I spent in Pune some years ago. Not a single day passed without a report of some people, usually motorcyclists, usually young, getting killed on the roads. This happened EVERY SINGLE DAY for a few months.
I recall meeting a retired general who once headed the Armed Forces’ Medical College, which is located in Pune. He told me that a large percentage of his students suffered road accidents when they drove into town, usually on two-wheelers. He joked that it was probably safer to go to war than go to Main Street.
I recall a bus ride from Pune to Mumbai during which my fellow-passenger was a young sardarji from Jalandhar who was in Pune to study something or the other. When quizzed by me about road accidents, he related an eerie tale. He said that whenever a student died his college used to observe a holiday. But now that deaths are so frequent, they merely observe a minute’s silence.
And Pune is supposed to be a "student town"!
All I Wanna Say Is That They Don’t Really Care About Us.
So don’t fall for all this Chacha-Bhateeja-Children’s Day nonsense.
Our The State actually hates you.
Which is why they call you The Population Problem.