And when I criticize him I am not criticizing him personally, remember always, I have no personal grudge against him; there is no question of any personal grudge. He is just a symbol of something very rotten. And when I criticize him, in fact I am simply talking about the facts. If the facts are against him, what can I do?
Now, the twenty months that he has been in power are writ large. His incompetence, his impotence, is writ large. Everybody can see it; it is not a secret, the whole country is feeling it. But this country is very lethargic, this country is very fatalistic, this country always goes on blaming fate. If nothing is going right, then too this country remains in a kind of contentment. This has been its traditional approach.
This country is not rebellious. In the whole five thousand years of its history there has not been a single revolution. This country does not know how to revolt, this country only knows how to go on obeying. Because of this, this country has remained so long a slave.
My approach is that of a rebel. I condemn this country’s past, because I can visualize a better future. And that better future is possible only if the past is condemned. It is not going to be a continuity with the past: the future has to be absolutely new, fresh, young. This country has to go through a rebirth, this country has to become young again.
When I criticize Morarji Desai, it is not really criticism – I simply mirror him, whatsoever he is.
A modern artist once showed his latest painting – a big splotch of orange on the canvas with little black blobs – to a prominent lady art critic.
“Well,” said the artist, “what do you think of it?”
After staring in puzzlement and disgust at the picture for a long time, the lady said, “I’m afraid I must confess that I think it’s a pretty poor work of art.”
“Huh!” snorted the artist. “It so happens that it’s a portrait of you; and I can’t help it if you’re a pretty poor work of nature!”
I am not criticizing Morarji Desai, I am simply mirroring whatsoever he is. And it is needed: this country needs to be made alert and aware, otherwise the misery will continue. Morarji Desai represents a non-technological mind. He represents the Gandhian bullshit.
This country needs technology, otherwise this country cannot survive. And I know perfectly well that the way technology as happened in the West has also been a calamity in its own way. It has destroyed the ecology. The West is suffering from technology, and the East is suffering from lack of technology. And the Eastern obscurantists take great joy in asserting the fact: “Look what has happened to the West through technology.”