OK, so we’re clearly having a lot of unrest politically. And we’ve found ourselves a new hero: Kisan Hazare a.k.a Anna, our modern day Gandhi, the spearhead of (alleged) Freedom Movement 2. Or is it?
Let’s go back to 8th standard social studies now. From the inception of our constitution, the legislature and the judiciary were intended to be two mutually exclusive institutions; the judiciary having the power to try the legislature if necessary.
Well not any more! Apparently, we need a Lokpal to oversee the corruption issues. Fair enough. Playing along, let’s assume that does come into being. What if eventually corruption infiltrates the Lokpal as it did to every other government body? Go on another series of hunger strikes and form another body to supersede it? The result would just be an infinite staircase to ‘justice’. Thus the metaphorical buck never stops (God bless Harry Truman!).
The general hope is that it will stop at Lokpal, but history has taught us better. I’m not against Lokpal. Hell no. If implemented well it’s probably the best thing to have ever happened around here. I’m just fairly confident that the implementation will be grossly messed up. That’s not pessimism. That’s just logical deduction.
From what i’ve observed, the common man’s understanding of the Lokpal is this:
- Anna Hazare is against corruption.
- Passing of the Lokpal bill wish abolish corruption.
- The government is against Lokpal.
- Ergo the government supports corruption.
Even the Congress is not dumb enough to publicly endorse corruption!
As a nation we always seem to want a hero to worship. Now we have our latest. Oh don’t get me wrong, I have great respect and admiration for Anna and his work; especially in Ralegaon Siddhi. And I strongly oppose his arrest. I still believe his intentions are noble. However I do not see the necessity to resort to blackmail. The whole “my way or the highway” approach is a total put off. I’m sure my own comrades in ‘crapping’ would slay me for that one! The war against corruption is one’s own to fight. If you can fight the temptation to jump a queue by tipping off a clerk then you’ve started to win it already.
The number of people joining the protest is quite overwhelming. The hypocrisy doesn’t cease to amuse me. Flash news people: it is not a hunger strike if you land up there after lunch and get back home in time for dinner only to see that your face appeared in the day’s coverage of events on TV. And not to forget the part where you pay off a traffic cop because you ran a signal en route (I can almost see you blushing with shame there).
The whole concept of hunger strikes started by Gandhi was an actual stroke of genius. Who would’ve thought not eating could achieve so much. Or that so many people would be truly committed to such a movement. But as always, sequels never live up to the mark. It worked at a time when the scenario was different; people’s priorities were different. Again, disclaimer alert: I’m not advocating for corruption. I hate it just as much as the next guy if not more. I just wish it’d been approached more realistically. It’s easy to criticize the system, I’ve been told. Then again if i had the solution I wouldn’t be writing this would I? And all you self satisfied people gleaming with pride on attending the fasts, I’ve one thing to say: don’t kid yourselves.
PS: Most of you are probably going to trash me for the above, so i deem it prudent not to reply to any comment that may be posted!
Read some of our other posts on corruption, such as :
The whole Baba Ramdev Incident in Juneand more on Baba Ramdev,