Few months back ,wearing “Main Anna hun” cap, I was amidst the crowd of people at India gate who were celebrating,dancing, rejoicing,singing with tricolor flags all around. The scene was if we had attained independence or won world cup.
We were delighted that after 10 day fast of Annahazare in ramlila maidan, parliament had finally promised that a strong Lokpal would be passed.We all were on cloud 9, my chest was swelling with pride and happiness knew no bounds.
But as days and weeks passed and political parties showed their true colors to 120 crore Indians, I soon realized that we were too optimistic, had been cheated and had also underestimated the length of this freedom struggle.
After all we had taken headon panga with Indian POLITICIANS who could stoop to any lows to make their future secure and avoid the change we have been asking for.
Now days I get to hear a lot of allegations like:
“What hasteamAnna achieved ??”
“Team Anna is back to square one “
“Is desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta ?”
“Think about yourself and forget about any change that can come”
I will not go into details or stats of the impact of this revolution so far, as time will tell where we are heading for.But what forced me to write this post was a heated debate with one of my very close friends.
I will not write the entire conversation we had but the entire summary in the form of questionnaire below,where direct questions were raised by my friend and I answered my views:
Q) What has this revolution (India Against Corruption) achieved ?
Ans) BELIEF about CHANGE : 2 years ago aam aadmi had given up the hope and accepted his fate that nothing can be done against the corrupt.Corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, goons were openly looting people & country and going scott free.By chance if any were caught were soon out on bail .Thanks to our judicial system which moves at snail’s pace legal cases keep dragging in the courts where these corrupts are merrymaking.There was cloud of pessimism all around.
Amidst all this gloom rises a 74 year young man who sits at Jantar mantar on hunger fast to demand a strong bill to curb corruption. Alas !! the single candle had been lighted in the gloom of darkness.Soon the light from that single candle motivated other candles to join .The chain reaction had started and soon the nation poured on the streets and ramlila maidan.
The youth was awaking.Hope was restoring.
Yes this is the positive change which this movement has brought.A strong feeling that things can be changed and changed for good,for this nation for our coming generations.
Q) What right do you have to raise this question ? Are you harishcandra ?
Ans) No,I am not harishchandra but yes I am trying my level best to be an honest citizen of this country.It is not that I have never broken any law or never been part of corruption but YES I am trying hard and even harder now to maintain my self respect.I am folllowing the traffic rules, I wait for the traffic light to turn green before moving even if it’s 11 pm and there is nobody to watch me or question me.I am standing in queue and running from pillar to post ..again and again..n again to get my driving licence or a gas connection without paying any bribe.I always wear helmet when driving on road.Pay my challan to the traffic policeman instead of paying him a hundred rupee note.
Q) You talk about electing honest person but how many times did you caste vote?
Ans) Not even once. And I admit that’s my mistake.But that doesn’t stop me from critcizing or pointing fingers towards those corrupt people because by pointing finger towards them ,I am even blaming myself for the blunder I have done by getting him elected.
But now I have got my voter ID ready this time and will go to vote to an honest person, or the least corrupt.Because I believe in change , change in the decaying and rotten system.
Q) If you really want to change the system then why don’t you fight elections.Get elected and be part of the system.
Ans) It’s not necessary to be one of them to change the system.It’s not my area of expertise.It’s more important to choose the right person who will work for the welfare of masses.Meanwhile I will do my job where I have my expertise.I am contributing my part in this change by doing my job honestly and sincerely without an iota of cheating in my mind.
Q) Do you think your single vote can make any change ? How many are there who think like you to vote for correct person irrespective of caste and other factors ?
Ans)”MINDSET ” this is what I want to change and this is the only savior.Hardly 60% of our popultion goes to vote in our country and these are people who elect the netas.Out of these 60% very few are educated people or with rational thinking.And this is the root cause of the disease.its also true that any candidate today wins by small margins only.Now imagine a situation when the rest 40% who are educated and modern people who know difference between right and wrong.If these people start taking some pain to move out of their houses on the day of election to vote for right candidate what magic it would create !!! .Since these are the voters who cannot be influenced by money,liqour,TV or other accessories corrupt politicians offer just before and after the elections.These are the people who have a healthy debate in offices , tea shops, cafeteria, on national television but don’t go to vote assuming it to be just another national holiday or that typical CHALTA HAI attitude.
This is the group on which I am banking the most.They need to be the part of the democratic process.These are the people who can educate and influence the remaining 60% .I know it is very difficult to do so. Since everybody loves their comfort zones and its never easy to come out of it.But a start has to be done and I want to be part of this start.
Q) I have money but I don’t have time and patience for petty things to get it done through legal route.I will prefer paying 2000rs as service charge which you all call bribe and get things done for myself easily.I have other important things in life to take care of.
Ans) If you are in an illusion that you are rich and with the power of money to remain shielded from flames of this monster called as corruption then you are in a fantasy world.NO ONE is immmune to this cancerous disease.The milk you drink will have detergent,the fruits you eat will have pesticide, the vegetables you eat will have injections, the medicine you will take will be fake, the petrol you will put in your vehicle will be adulterated, the doctor operating you in the hospital will be incapable one who bought his degree with his father’s money, the bunglow you are living may collapse since it was built from substandard material, the flight you are taking to overseas may crash since an incapable pilot must be flying it,the water in the bisleri you drink may be contaminated.The list will go on and on.My question to all those rich people who think corruption affects only poor is “Do you still think you are immune to corruption and it’s not your responisbility to fight against it ?” Don’t be a fence sitter.
Q) You may risk your life if you fight against these corrupt people.They are powerful.
Ans) No power is bigger than power of a common man when he unites and comes on the street to demand his right.As far as risk of life is concerned we are more unsafe in a corrupt country than in a corruption free society.
Q)Corruption is everywhere , even in your workplace then why don’t you change you company first , forget about changing the country ?
Ans) I am changing my workplace by being an honest performer,by not cheating myself and my job/company,by leading by example and motivating others to do the same.This is the way change can be brought to our surroundings first which will have trigger effect and finally help in changing this nation.
Q) Team anna members seem to have some other motive behind this agitation ?
Ans) Nobody can read a person’s mind, nor is anyone clairvoyant to predict what he or she will do in future.But a person is judged by his actions, his past records and path he has chosen in the present.Keeping these things in mind I conclude that team anna is fighting for the right cause and welfare of this country. Hence I am with them.
Nobody knows what may happen tomorrow,when a strong lokpal will be passed.I am not sure if I will be able to see a corruption free society in my current life or not.But one thing I am most confident is about START, a BEGINNING has been made.We are heading in the right direction.I see a ray of hope.And this HOPE has kept my faith intact that things will change, and change for GOOD.Let’s come together so that this HOPE doesn’t fizzle out in coming days.
NB:Our discussion had continued further and will take new turns in coming days.But I would like to hear your views regarding Team Anna’s fight against corruption.
Jai Hind !!
Jai Bharat !!