Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell, written in 1949, must be one of those books that come closest to prophecy. Asimov’s stories are very subtle in connection with present day events though as mentioned earlier, they do have an a question we must ask ourselves while looking at the progress of science and technology. This on the other hand was more direct.

The book talks of a world where every aspect of human life is under supervision and is controlled in the direction the government( referred to as the party) wants it to be. The book gives detail working of how the party operates so as to achieve its motives.

Interesting part during this read was the comparison I could make with the current political situation all around the world. Take for example the prolonged war America has been in. The outcome of war for the country is, tremendous. The public now fears the middle east. Hate levels are so high it makes life easy for the government to to act as protectors to this set of people. On the other hand, there is a boom in the economic sector, every one wants weapons, even the enemies. This is clearly visible in the statistics, the amount of money spent on wars is much more that what can end poverty in the world. On a more general scale the rightward shift is clearly visible in all countries around the world.

/“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” /

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This quote summarizes to a larger extent the secret of any political party present. An example of the current situation in India would be how school syllabus changed as soon as the new government came into power. Students are forced to learn what the government believes is true, losing the ability to judge for themselves.

The revelations of Edward Snowden, the establishment of NSA like units, closer home in India, the various episodes of innocents being jailed for sharing media and messages over the Internet are clear signs to understand intrusion of our privacy. The book is an eye opener for us to realize what we are headed towards, to avoid making the ‘prophecy’ come true is upto us.

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