Obama looks calm and composed as he sits to be sworn in. The quotes of coloured skin, the fight of millions for equality has finally opened the eyes of the nation to the character underneath the dark skin. He sits like a common man, he speaks in an honest and genuine voice. He even faltered a little while taking the oath: like a common man. And corrected himself. It was a reaffirmation of the journey where the common man reached. And his voice reaches millions.
It was a moment similar to the one when our parents' parents must have watched 'when the clock struck midnight' speech by Nehru, a moment when a leader reaffirms his and his land's place in the world. A moment when history takes a turn.
I don't care as much for how he performs. For we all know that he has taken charge of the country which already has one and a half foot in the grave. How much of it he can save and how much 'change' he can bring is not difficult for anyone to imagine. Yet, it was a triumph for the dreamers of equality and liberty. It was a triumph for a black man to enter the white house. And like some are already saying, this will mark the possible end of the entire caste system.
In the future to come, opportunity will be a religion which will discriminate between individuals. Opportunity given, provided and opportunity used. Perhaps that's why Slumdog Millionaire made such a mark in the world. It is a story of opportunity given to a person on the lowest rung of the society. A story of how he uses an 'opportunity' in a nation which has as many religions and castes as perhaps the number all our fingers counted together. Apart from the divide created by the politicians for the vote bank, this is an age of the triumph of a common man above all. Above your caste or religion, what matters is 'whether you get the opportunity you wanted, and what you make of that opportunity'.