Do you spend hours studying classical choral dance? Do you wonder what relates tantalizing tales and daastans to our everyday living? What about the days of blood and grime that mire the nights of labour? No sir, that is not enough. Can you write effective grants that can market your passion? Are you able to direct your research towards generating your own salary? What are the ‘impacts’ of your analysis on national and international growth? Be relevant sir. Cosy up. The pincer-grip of world wide distrust for finesse and forthright politics is being reflected in India too at every passing day.
But can we afford to sit pretty? The battle lines are drawn and we have to take the fight to the other side. And the next best thing to understanding the moves of your adversary is to identify and consult friends. A critical consciousness needs to be garnered around this crass and deadly onslaught. An onslaught which will brook no opposition. We have to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of this phenomenon and strategize accordingly. We need to be as crafty and insidious as the opponent, in howsoever small way. Not shielding and defensive. This is a forum precisely for initiating such a venture.
THIS IS OUR LOVE. OUR BREAD-AND-BUTTER. LET NO ONE LECTURE US HOW TO RUN THINGS. TAKE CHARGE. NOW!