I’ve become quite the cynic with regards to the news in the country. I’ve taken to turning a blind eye. I no longer want to “be informed, stay abreast, keep in touch with” the daily breaking news. So I’ve consciously been staying away. It’s easy to do when you don’t turn on the TV for the most part, block out all the news from social media and just basically desist from engaging with any issues.
But it was truly difficult to escape hearing the updates about the JNU issue. This morning, I woke up to clips of the speech. That Speech. It’s not often that a speech of political nature touches me in these days of hollow hyperbole and empty rhetoric.
But That Speech from yesterday – it gave me goosebumps and made me cry. It was hard to hold back when you see the unabashed optimism, the blatant sense of victory even in the face of so many odds and the sheer conviction in those words, the twinkle of triumph in those eyes, and the thunderous awakening of people around him. I hope it stays, I hope it grows, and I hope it shakes even the deepest cynics like me out of this stupor that has gripped us all.