Of course, he does and batman lives in Gotham city. Well, I didn’t say live, I said exists. What’s the difference? Well, loads. What I mean, when I say Spiderman exists only in Manhattan, is that a superhero exists only where there is problem to be solved. Now, you would be wondering why am I reiterating a very obvious fact. The reason is the order of cause and effect; we have it the other way round. It is not that Spiderman exists because there are problems, but because there are problems, Spiderman exists.
Whenever, we see a quagmire of issues, we need a superhero to pull us out of it. Given the current state of mind our country is in, I felt an incessant need to bring it up. There have been contradictory theories on how a leader is created. One pool of believers say that leaders are born, not created. You cannot imbibe leadership in anyone. Others say that it’s the need which forces certain group of people to react and lead.
India, especially has seen the latter kind of leaders more. Mahatma Gandhi, Dirubhai Ambani and these days Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal. So, what makes the transition from a common man to an extraordinaire? Is it again an inborn quality or some special lesson they give out to a select few in school?
What I have observed is that countries in their deepest trouble have seen some real stars rising, like Martin Luther King, or Roosevelt. So, is it the troubles that create leaders, a superhero? because we don’t see them around in calmer times. What I mean is, one of the sufferers becomes the one to redeem us from it whenever the need arises. The same person who suffers with us till a particular threshold arrives and he transforms into Spiderman, saving us from all evil. So, is it all make-believe? Maybe, yes. Maybe, there is a leader in all of us, only the threshold varies…the amount of radioactive waste and when is it triggered.