In The Armchair

Egypt’s Revolution and India

Posted in India by Armchair Guy on February 12, 2011

I saw two blog articles today with ideas that surprised me.

The first is pointed out here:

Pentagram’s Vishal Dadlani exultantly tweeted that the band had a rocking concert in Guwahati and Egypt became “free” on the same night! Then he wrote, “All it took was 18 days, and that the Egyptian people stood up for their rights. Come on India, you can do it!!”

The second one is here:

Even as Indian observers debate the question of why and how Egyptian revolution cannot be replicated in India, the unique characteristics of Egyptian revolution will be of interest to the readers here.

Of course we Indians are interested in what happens in Egypt, some in a general world-news way, some more intellectually.  But these two people (i.e. Vishal Dadlani and V. Venkatesan) are talking about the feasibility of replicating Egypt’s revolution in India.

Wait, what??

How did that idea even enter the mindspace of the Indian public?

Presumably because India has a lot of problems.  A revolution might be an improvement in a country (like Egypt) that has been dictator-controlled for 30 years.  But in a naturally feudal country with an active democracy (like India) that is seeing steady improvements, a revolution is like a roll of a pair of dice — with things getting better if both dice show 6.  Most likely an Indian revolution will lead to a messy neo-feudal society with various warring factions tearing the country apart.

Are these commentators insane?  They have a personal desire for a little excitement, and their way of getting their fix is to encourage revolutions in democracies.

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  1. Manoj koushik said, on March 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    hey sir..u r completely wrong..i completely disagree with your view..they are not insane.if we dont revolutionize now either physically or mentally,these politicians will sell us off completely..get ur facts right sir..india is getting better?in terms of what?scams or looting or amount in swiss banks?get a life sirji..change your views my blog at
    may be you get some facts..

  2. Armchair Guy said, on March 18, 2011 at 12:30 am


    No need to to call me sirji — “Armchair Guy” is fine.

    Since liberalization, opportunities and employment have been increasing. Press coverage still has a long way to go but it is getting more comprehensive. Politicians are stealing more, that’s true. But they are also getting exposed. RTI activists are able to make a big difference.

    I don’t think you understand what it means to have a revolution like Egypt’s, and how much damage it would do. Such ideas are foolish and romantic and should be dropped. It’s far better to improve the system than to tear it down.

  3. Manoj Kaushika said, on March 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Who said egypt is the only nation which faced a revolution?revolution doesnt mean egyptian alone.many have taken always doesnt mean killing somebody either.awakening youth mentally is also a form of revolution as it have not taken place in india.and this revolution wont be against any government.its against the system alone and corruption.yes,a revolution helped south africa changed its course,revolution mentally helped japanese build their nation so fast.why not such a revolution in india?and,exposing politicians are enough?do u think its making any difference sir?i dont think so.nothing is happening..a mental revolution is needed to change the core thinking and voting for the best..

  4. Armchair Guy said, on March 18, 2011 at 1:41 am


    Of course many countries have had revolutions. I have no idea what type of revolution you want in India. Do you want a mental revolution? Or the type of upheaval Japan had after the world war? Or South Africa, or America, or France? Something else? Egypt’s revolution is the model being considered by these commenters, though.

    Simply having an Egypt-style revolution (whatever that means) without treating the problems is going to do nothing but create a new, corrupt class in India. When we had our revolution (independence), we had a lot of upright leaders to start us off. Right now we don’t have any. A revolution would simply be a wonderful opportunity for the corrupt to cement their power and subvert political and civil systems. We would lose whatever little political structure we have.

    It would also lead to a massive loss of revenue, hit the economy pretty badly, as well as lead to a loss of international confidence in the stability of India. Neighbours would see it as a golden opportunity to sneak militants into India or make new claims on our land.

    An Egypt-style revolution leading to progress in India is a pipe-dream. A mental revolution — sure. But how? It’s far better to steadily educate ourselves so we do better.

  5. Manoj said, on March 18, 2011 at 7:47 am

    mental revolution is the one i am speaking about.not the revolt or rebellion..i know its going to affect us badly rather than making good.if mental revolution is successful,then uprising like japan will take place.but for anything,youth are the ones who should start off.but accept it or not,revolution will take place.many things are happening within the minds.want to ee when an actual answer is gonna come out.

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