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Viva La Republic

 “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot”


I don’t know how many people in India have seen the cult movie “V for Vendetta”. I guess not many would be looking forward to wasting three hours in an enclosed space watching Hritik Roshan’s nostrils flare in close up or the desi hand me down rip offs from the characters of X Men. Seriously, how difficult is it to imagine original superhero powers, after all aren’t we the land of the baap of all superheroes, one who could fly and bash up the baddies aka Hanuman. But I digress, the aim of this post was not Krrish bashing, but something more significant.

I’m here to reminisce about the adorable yet mysterious character of ‘ V’. The hero with no super powers other than scathing wit and a rapid fire tongue. In today’s day and age of lopsided corruption, shameless inaction, jungle rule and brazen inefficiency of our so called leaders, I wish and pray for a V to apparate and jolt us out of our inaction. 

Here are certain scenes and lines which from the iconic movie which are apt for Indian scenarios :-

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“A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having.”

Yes Mahatma Gandhi and Anna Hazare tried to fast their way to a revolution, Mr Kejriwal tried cheap stunts and the political parties tried the usual – hollow promises. Yet our protagonist – V still found time to dance before sending the Parliament to the heavens. That is way to go man.

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” People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”

The outrage of the populace on social issues like the gang rape of delhi girl Nirbhaya, shows that there is a bit of V in all of us. I’m sure V is smiling out there.

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 In view, a humble Vaudevillian Veteran, cast Vicariously as both Victim and Villain by the Vicissitudes of Fate. This Visage, no mere Veneer of Vanity, is a Vestige of the Vox populi, now Vacant, Vanished. However, this Valorous Visitation of a bygone Vexation stands Vivified, and has Vowed to Vanquish these Venal and Virulent Vermin Vanguarding Vice and Vouchsafing the Violently Vicious and Voracious Violation of Volition!

 The only Verdict is Vengeance– a Vendetta, held as a Votive– not in Vain, for the Value and Veracity of such shall one day Vindicate the Vigilant and the Virtuous.

 Verily, this Vichyssoise of Verbiage Veers most Verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my Very good honor to meet you, and you may call me V.”

These words, delivered in the deep baritone voice of V will send chills down the spine of some of those who have been using their creativity in coming up with authentic scams such as 3G, 2G, coal block, Adarsh, LTC scam, free ticket scam and so on. Who says we Indians are copy cat, look at the ingenuity of our ‘leaders’, a new breed of scam every week. 

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“Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.” 

These words of V are not just for those in the closet, but also for all those sitting on the fence of right and wrong. The grey area that most of us average, cyber savvy, Starbucks coffee sipping, candle light vigilante, twitter revolutionary and arm chair revolutionaries occupy.




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“Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell.”

Pappu Gandhi, note this down please before you start shedding your crocodile tears. Do remember these lines by our hero V before you put your foot in mouth again.

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“If you won’t let us dream…..we won’t let you sleep.

At every step, we Indian youth have a number of people shouting in the background “No you can’t”. Be it over weight cops around every bend or red tape bureaucrats sitting on every bright proposal. Lets hope these words of our revolutionary V, get through.

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So lets not forget the 5th of November…Happy V-Day.