India is going through a tumultuous period. Atlast we have found a hero who fits the bill. He doesn’t create much havoc and he doesn’t demand much out of us. The guy is serene and calm. He resembles a lot like our Gandhi, doesn’t drink or smoke, unmarried and ex-Army man. Moreover he has no five star hospitals or colleges to his name. Inshort here is a guy who does so much for us when we need to just ‘follow’ and ‘like’’.
Soon Ram Lila will be elevated to the position of Tahrir, Pearl square, Tianmen, Benghazi. Nespapers and Tv have ensured that we will not miss a moment. Joining them is the tweeters and bloggers. Visuals of ‘poor’ people streaming in from remote corners of the country is beamed in to ensure a touch of Pan Indian flavor.
Everything was going in so well with the Government of India v/s Rest of India XI match, when Ms. Arundhathi Roy dared play spoil sport. She in her usual sarcastic tone deplored Anna without any solid reason whatsoever. The bloggers and tweeters were just ready to pounce on her with the weapons ready. They had a great feast. Still they haven’t realized, no matter how hard you try to hate her she talks sense.
1. Anna has come across as a man who is unsure of his secular credentials. He has a record in dilly dallying with RSS, Baba Ramdev, Narendra Modis. But then it’s his views and who are we to bother. Still I hope he stands by his ideas this time around.
2. Team Anna has gone to great lengths to convince the nation on the merits of Jan Lokpal. The process and content is so transparent that we have no room for any malicious thought. But then are we to arrive at a consensus taking into consideration the public debates? There is no beigger joke than that. There are so many people outside the fringes who can’t afford a public debate on the issues they face. Now what if the ‘public’ minority is against the ‘private’ majority.
3. Why not the corruption by media or the corporate? Why do we focus only on Rajas and Kanimozhis? Where are the hot hot TV anchors caught red handed? Why do we spare Tata and Ambani? The tendency to spread anti political ideology is extremely dangerous to our democracy and hence Arundhathi’s theorem of overthrow is very well vindicated. We who are too eager to jump onto anything, have we examined the consequences? Is team Anna going to inherit a weak nation? Besides another independent, quasi-government body can effectively oversee corruption is ludicrous and at the same time dangerous too. De-centralisation is good when things are at its mediocre pace. We will not need a PM tied down by red-tapism in times of crises
4. I see a comment going around in Facebook claiming effectiveness of LokPal in Singapore. I sincerely wish people think before they spill out stupidity. Singapore is not a cheap place to stay. Don’t ever dream that bringing in black money will allow us to live cheap. That’s a sheer economic nonsense
5. Last of all do we seriously believe we can root out corruption simply by jailing a few politicians. The practice to get around is inherent in our system. We have too few resources and too many people. The unequal competition can only breed more corruption. If we are still optimistic, why aren’t we bothered of multitudes pushed to fringes. Why is Irom remembered only with a tinge of sympathy?