The crusades of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption reached me not through Television or local newspapers or any of the 21st century medium like online news portals, instead the development stuck me in the flurry of numerous status messages on social media including Facebook and Twitter and also through various internal messaging system. It seemed like India, our own country is having a revolution break in social media after the social media influenced uprisings in parts of North Africa and the far middle east. Not only this, the Indian news channels were quick in seizing on the grounds of Hazare’s anti-corruption head quarters at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
The people in India were craving to end the corruption once and for all.
But this isn’t what actually it turned out to be. Is it?
My blog is followed by few people outside India and I am sure they might be wondering what I am talking about. For them I would like to brief all that happened last week in the capital city of India. Last Week, Anna Hazare, and his 150 followers demanded the Government of India to enct the Jan Lokpal Bill, which would help in establishing an anti-corruption panel in India outside of government and political interference.
This was done by following the paths of Mahatma Gandhi i.e. by the way of a fast-unto-death at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and to my biggest shock millions of Indians supported him through social media mediums and ubiquitous status messages. After all the social drama, on April 9th, the government of India finally agreed to all the demands made by Anna Hazare and his fast was broken with a glass of sweet lemon water. Phew!!!!!!
But I dont understand why all these social drama was required? And if he was doing these things why were the millions of Indians supporting him?
First of all the fast, the movement and the goal, all three of them were misguided from the motive. I would like to remove his personal politics from the equation before discussing anything further. I know you might be remembering his contributions in developing the model village in Maharashtra which he still describes as Gandhian because of his beliefs in non-violence. Anna Hazare personally disregards the entire democracy in India due to its base of ill informed voters. Let me tell you Mr Anna Hazare, these are those voters who make up the masses for whom you purports to act.
It is basically done to cut the aam aadmi out of the scene in order to get anything done. This entire process is the perfect example of circular reasoning. And trust me these things are of no use when you go out of your house to change the world.
But here Hazare is not the prime focus. The main focus is on corruption and how to bring Indians out of this corrupted society. As per me, the Jan Lokpal Bill itself is littered with legislative stories and has the full potential to corrupt the society. It is nothing but a way to address the symptoms of corruption rather than searching its root cause. And this cause is embedded in the entire nation’s mentality of acceptance.
I was so shocked with those status messages expressing solidarity with Anna Hazare. His sentiments are noble and worth, I agree, but the only fear is that these things give more freedom to sheep mentality.
Dear Anna, this concept is not at all new, its just presented in a different way. Why do people copy pasted those status messages supporting Anna Hazare and his anti-corruption movement. Next time when you are speeding up your car on the traffic signal and the policemen catches you, i ll see how many of you keep your faith by not paying him a bribe. Corruption doesn’t involve good or bad guys, it is not consist of Suresh Kalmadi or the 2G guys, corruption is participation from your side, it is the acceptance of the society.
This post is not meant just to go against Anna Hazare but I believe that the real change cannot come into existence by bringing new laws, it will come when we attack the cause. This is the main point which the Indian status message revolution and Anna’s crusades missed it since the beginning.