Sunday, June 19, 2011
This post is written as a reply to a comment on my post on Baba Ramdev .
the reader commented
That if a low level activist like Anna Hazare could lead a fight against corruption why not Baba Ramdev being followed by millions ,
He also felt Anna Hazare was an escape valve for middle class ambitions ,of people who dont believe in parliamentary democracy or in the ruling by political parties !
He went on to say that how can any Anna or his coterie blackmail the system by fasting ?
and then to say
who are his followers but a bunch of politically ignorant students and youngsters !
and who according to the commentator is Anna ? He had never heard of him till this fast !and he left with a comment that Anna and company alone can never bell the corrupt cat but it is each of us who should do this
Brave words indeed !
let me break these arguments one by one
Gandhiji had advised evenbefore we attained freedom to dismantle the congress party he beonged to ,as he could foresee the mess it would become one day !
The lone lawyer with all his warts and eccentrities was an unknown when he rose in the horizon
he used the same blackmail of fasting and sathygraha to drive the mighty British away and the nation stood behind him as one because they realised his sincerity .
never underestimate the power of individuals
If somebody had not heard of Anna Hazare the social activist he should blame himself for being ignorant instead of belittling the man .
Kisan Baburao Hazare was serving the Army as a driver during the Indo Pak war 1965 when an encounter killed all his compatriots excpect him surviving a bullet missing his head ,the incident made him ponder on the meaning of life and immersing himself in books by Swami Vivkenanda made him dedicate his life to his small village in Maharasthra called Ralegan sidhi a model village with no alcoholism ,with grain banks self sufficiency in water ,and his work earned him the Padma Bhushan and his fight against corruption was nothing new as he was always in the forefront in the Right to information act etc .
his coterie as sneeringly commented does not contain novices but legal luminaries like former
law minister Shanti Bhusan and his son Prasanth Bhusan who are senior supreme court lawyers ,
Arvind kejariwal the spokesman often seen in the TV channels is not any zindabad howling goonda following a party but an IIT Kharagpur graduate and an Indian revenue service officer who took a sabbatical from his work to continue as an activist for the right to information act
Kiran Bedi the retired IPs officer needs no introduction from me
swami Agnivesh an Arya samaj scholar has worked for years against bonded labour .
If our young Indians have started believing in such people today I am delighted
what choice do they have ,
is it the bunch of jokers called politicans ruling us today( with rare exceptions)
they are the sad alternatives available !
The likes of Mayawati a Dalit darling and a parasite of thier votes has spent crores glorifying herself with statues and money garlands when the poor in her state perpetually wallow in muck .
The Rajas ,Karunanaidhis ,Jayalalithas ,Kalmadis ,Mundes ,Pawars and Pinarayis have plundered this nation systematically more than even what the British did
at least they did built Indian Railways as an example !!
The parliamentary democracy in India is soemthing to be proud of but the system today is hijacked by muscle and money .
The aaam aadmi has no power and all tall talk of contributing ones mite instead of doing lot of impotent writing and talking is a standard argument of every politician cornered in a debate why dont you join the system ? why do you talk standing outside great ?
The only way one can join the system is to be a party worker which is to become a fodder and foot soldier for the parties leaders to follow thier dictates with the law in thier hands, with the rules that can be flouted ,with the connivance of a corrupt bureacracy and an army of thugs to muscle any oppositon
Any politician would be in a win win situation
it is a giant racket
Every few years the gullible voter votes with eternal hope for change ,casts his right into the ballot hoping for freshness and fairness to be cheated again and again again
Any day the youth should follow leaders like Anna than these uncouth men who call themselves political leaders
kerala is a bad example of a politically conscious youth being misled by the nose by selfish politicians
Talking of blackmail there are umptteen examples of bullying used against the common man day after day
Take the hartals, gheroas ,demonstrations and keralas own specialities vettiniruthals
the common man is bulldozed by the labour class by nokku koolis and attimaris even to this day and if Anna is getting a lokpal by trying to kill himself by fasting so be it
let none talk of blackmail
I earnestly hope Anna hazare and his team win with no interruptions from emisaries sent to disrupt his mission
a strong lokpal bill will be a weapon against corruption and the politicians know this hence they would use all thier Chanakyan skills to squelch it and dilute it ,
every patriotic Indian should support the bill as his duty .
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
The anticorruption crusade begun by Anna Hazare seems to have been taken for a ride !
Suddenly a bare bodied bearded Baba Ramdev was hoisted on to the centre stage ( they say by The RSS/VHP/ BJP combine ) .
The Baba was crying against corruption with all the fervour he could muster out of his yogic stamina with occasional spurts of push ups on the stage and stomach churning muscular exhibitons watched by an adorning crowd in a massive pandal in the Ramlila grounds New Delhi
Remember the Government had given the needed permission for the tamasha .
Standing with him were turbanned sikhs( who handed him symbolic swords )and prayer capped bearded mullahs to show off his communal harmonoius coexistense
Sadhvis and sanyasis too were in the forefront
All well stage managed but a bit too dramatic when one compared all this show to the relatively sober and silent hunger strike by Anna Hazare and his band of brave .
The Baba was feted and feasted by the very congress that later in the day drove him and his followers to tears literally by letting loose tear gas shells into the pandal
The ministers including the mighty amongst them ,Pranab mukerjee jee the Bengali Babu who speaks English with a Calcuttan lisp drove along to meet the Baba as he alighted nimbly on his yogic toes from his own swanky jet !
The Baba is ,or is he the right man to speak of corruption ? !!!!
A millionare by many folds he is said to even own an island off Scotland and he keeps saying he wants all black money to come back to India !
Maybe he should make a good start .
I never knew yoga could do so much and to think of the five decades of my life wasted without even knowing it ! sad
And then the Baba fasted while the Government feted
initially the Government gave him promises and later the backfooted and turned on him
At midnight the Government acted tough
( congress party got back to its famed Emergency Mode after a long gap
Madam Sonia would be happy to realise it was not a big deal to get back to that mode ) and started to go after the Baba and his supporters with a venom .
The Baba did an yogic trick at first by disappearing and then reappearing as a churidar clad women !
no no not cross dressing .............all for corruption you see
He was just trying to put wool on the cops eyes which he did suceed for some time ultimately he succumbed as they discovered a bearded baba under the dupatta !
And they promptly packed him off to his ashram in Haryana to lick his wounds in yogic comfort .
and so ended the thandava of the baba for the time being
The only sad detail in this drama is the dampening of the real fighters of corruption .......Anna Hazare and his team
Be it the BJP or the congress or the communists the politicians want just a diversion from the dangerous Lok Pal bill which to them was fast becoming a reality and had to be blocked in time before it terrorises thier livelihood .
what better way than use Yoga for it and the Baba was a convinient maverick suited to the T for the purpose
Sad for India
Somehow the politician seems to always win in the end !
The only glad news these days is of M.A.Raja ,Kannimozhi ,Suresh Kalmadi and the merry gang of corruption inc ,cooling thier heels in Tihar jail with Maran waiting to join them in any moment
and the second one is that one more politician almost got hit by a shoe in a press conference .....wish it was not an almost
SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING .
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