Not more than a decade ago, they were quite common on narrow streets of towns. With a noose around the neck of their game, they walked through lanes entertaining us. Those madaris were a delight for every kid on a summer afternoon when they had not much other sources of entertainment. Those poor animals showed their antics on call of their madaris, and street was filled with all watching the show. Most enjoyed, some with higher intellect level cursed those madaris for their ill treatment of poor souls and few just saw it as a nuisance on street. We kids were mostly naïve and knew not much about plight of those Bears and Monkeys at the hand of their owners but most others were not bothered, except Dogs, they saw them as encroacher. They barked and fought for every inch of their street until these invaders were out of there. But all other of us in all our capacity and position, curses and opinion, apathy and entertainment were just bystanders, who enjoyed a good show and got on with our lives.
Even after a decade nothing much has changed, we still have the madari with noose and the poor animal, who dances on his tunes. We still have the street and all those who stood upon it to watch the show. It’s just that show has grown magnanimous. The politicians are madaris today and country is on their noose. They walk in and out of parliament to make a show of their antics. We also are still the same. A lot of us are like kids who know nothing of the plight of nation and most of us are not bothered. A few with intellect sit down with newspaper and finish off with their quota of curses and complaints twice a day in their armchairs. A few high fliers of us see all of it as a big nuisance and just walk away from it. Occasionally we get some dogs around corners who try to chase these invaders away, but these madaris have learnt to shut them up. Rest of us, in all our capacity and position, curses and opinions, apathy and entertainment are just bystanders, who enjoy a good show and get on with our lives.