Punyasloke Bose

Romance Tragedy


Punyasloke Bose

Romance Tragedy

Life in Colours

Life in Colours

6 mins

Since early morning, Utpal had been writing wall graffiti for his favorite party. All the while, he was painting the walls with a background of deep yellow. Over this base color, he was writing with a mix of other colors.

The party he represented had yellow as their color. Utpal had been with this party since the time he graduated in political science. His objective in life was to serve the people of his area to which he belonged. His ardent wish was to give back to the society that had done a lot for his growth.

Utpal had been very busy for the last couple of months after the general elections were declared. Writing graffiti was not his prime job. He was just saving some precious time and money for his political party. Actually, he loved drawing and painting. If he had not studied political science, he definitely would have enrolled himself in some art college, as he was a good artist.

His main job was to give political lectures at various gatherings. As he was a good organizer, the party had given him the additional responsibility of mobilizing forces for mass gatherings where senior leaders would address the party workers and the general public.

Utpal had a flair with colors, and he loved them too, being an artist. As yellow represented his party's color, he developed a special affinity for it. Otherwise, all the other colors suited him fine.

His tragedy in life was that the person he befriended and now loved had allegiance to a different party with a different color. She was Usha, a friend from his political science class. Usha owed her allegiance to the party with the blue color.

But despite having political differences, she loved Utpal. She loved his honesty, dedication, and caring nature. Utpal loved Usha as she was highly intelligent with lots of wisdom.

But for the past two months, they hadn't spent time together at all.

All their time had gone to their respective parties. Just two weeks remained for the grueling election season to be over when the results would be declared.

But just the election getting over was not the moot question. The biggest puzzle was which party would ultimately win. Because winning meant many things. Financial control over the next five years and the resources too would be in the victor's hand and disposal. You need not break the law to corner and control such humongous wealth. The income tax department would be at your beck and call. And all money spent could be accounted for as development work.

Both Utpal and Usha were super idealists. They wanted to change the way the political parties functioned. Election time meant huge spending of liquid money. They wanted to devise ways where money changing hands by way of cash would be minimal, and the majority of the payment would be through online methods, by direct account transfer. Much of the public to whom they spoke were interested.

Except for some corrupt leaders who wanted the status quo and didn't want change. They feared that their clout over the money would diminish.

But as the leaders' ideology differed, Utpal had to toe the party line. The leaders had differing levels of probity in public life within the party and among other leaders of other parties. But as accountability among the yellow party leaders was more, there was more transparency in their style of functioning. Utpal acknowledged this quality and had no qualms working with the yellow party.

Whereas Usha worked with the blue color party, which was more disorganized as far as money was concerned. The blue party wanted to come to power to hide their dirty money, which they had accumulated by the dozens. They kept a battery of Chartered Accountants to do the camouflaging work for them. Usha did not support this ideology but stayed on as her favorite color was blue. Not only that, the blue color party supported women lawmakers the most and was fighting for more seats in the parliament for women. Only because of this supportive idea towards women, Usha was drawn to the blue party.

But the level of corruption in the blue party regarding unaccountability towards public money was very annoying to Utpal and a point of argument with Usha.

On the other hand, Usha would argue with Utpal regarding his yellow party. The yellow party was notorious for harboring politicians who had ongoing criminal cases against women. The party gave them shelter as they had a large mass following. It was a case of quid pro quo.

The voting day drew closer. The leaders of all the parties were campaigning vociferously. The yellow party workers and blue party workers were prowling the streets of their constituency and trying to capture the minds of the voters. Due to this, there were frequent fights and clashes. Many got wounded in these fights and had to be hospitalized.

At one such election meeting, Utpal met Usha. At first, they exchanged pleasantries, but later, as workers of both parties got annoyed due to differences in opinion, they thought it best to part ways for fear of getting drawn into unwanted hatred among them.

Voting day was mixed with some booths functioning peacefully and some witnessing violence.

Then the day arrived for the results to be declared. Workers of both parties took out flags bearing their party colors and roamed the streets shouting slogans.

As counting progressed, the workers kept celebrating as their candidates were going ahead.

But it was an anticlimax at the end of the day. When all counting was over, it was found that it had been a tie between the yellow party and the blue party. No other party had won any seat, so there was no question of buying over candidates.

So much rivalry and competition had come to naught. Who would form the government was the big question. For one single party to rule, they should have an edge over the other by at least one seat.

Then Utpal had a talk with Usha. For years, they had secretly wished that all the leaders should unite and serve the country without one party having the upper hand over the other. So there would be no acrimony, hatred, and greed. The motive would be only to serve.

Very idealistic thinking, but that was what was ingrained in both Utpal and Usha. So together, they approached the leaders of both their parties to consider forming a cabinet together.

But then some wise and sarcastic man called out from within one of the parties, "What would be the use of having colors for the parties? We cannot form a rainbow government because that would not help our cause of having both power and money."

Alas, we are not in an ideal world. Both Utpal and Usha were disheartened so much that they both called it quits from politics.

Because they loved all the colors found in nature and didn't want one color to win over the other.

They loved life in colors to be a rainbow of colors.

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