Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blame It On Anna

If someone is still following Anna Hazare with the same enthusiasm that was there few months back, then dissapointment is guaranteed. Accusations from all fronts are mounting on Anna and his team members. An update can be found here or here. Petty accusations are hurled at them incessantly. Cracks within the team on myriads of issues are coming in front. Team Anna does not look like a team anymore. Clearly, they did not do the homework adequately before attacking the mammoth of Indian politics. It is not the first time, we hear such accusations. Numerous questions had to be answered by leaders of great stature - even years after they died. If you peel layers off from this controversy, the questions that stare open is - when can a person criticize a system ? Do we have to have a untarnished record before demanding others to get clean ?

One cannot help but remember what is preached through a story of Jesus Christ - "Let the one without sin cast the first stone". But, this perspective has one problem. We wait for eternity till someone is born and brought up within the system, untouched by its evils. Something akin to an incarnation. Though this is usually acceptable in spiritual world, how often such spiritual masters get close to the mundane matters of daily life is a question.

I take a little different view on this matter.

We all are sons of immortal bliss and no sinners. We can call a spade a spade despite our past. But, once you do that, you are not treated any different from the high moral standards you claim. Therefore, you have to bear the pain and the suffering to carry the standard on your shoulders.

People will call you crazy. They will find a thousand errands you made in your past. It is like being with a high voltage wire. By constantly being close to that, you will probably burn to ashes. However, that and that only guarantees redemption. This is probably why Gandhi was obsessed with truth and why confession is a part of religious practice.

Through this perspective, I was happy for Anna and his team. They are now associated with extremely high standards. Since those are beyond the capacity of common man, people do not believe that they can achieve it either. Their past records are digged up from history. Yes, they have fallen. We all do. But, now with the public scrutiny - they are getting cleansed of their mistakes, however silly it might look.

I think, sooner or later, we all have to walk that walk.

The still is from a beautiful movie named "The Shawshank Redemption". 

8 comments:

  1. Anna, Anna, O Anna, ar kannakati kore kichhu hobe na... Oh please realise that we are no more a colonially administered society but a multiparty democracy where regional parties are playing major role in national politics and therefore regionalism prevails. This is perhaps a necessary evil in contemporary Indian politics where a single party ruling at the centre is virtually not feasible. Therefore, role of pressure groups is pretty significant. But if these groups aim at political ascendancy by mustering support of people, then it is a dangerous tendency since this might degenerate into a tendency toward political opportunism as as happened with team Anna. Oh my fellow Indian citizens pls try to realise that today in India no one can emulate GandhiJi or the Great NetaJi Subhash Bose, because nobody today is as selfless as these great Human souls of yesterday who not only brought us freedom but also had selflessly sacrificed their precious lives for the cause of this great nation. Unfortunately, today's politicians of this country, whether the fledgling ones or the seasoned ones, are only catering to their vested political interests and career goals. Ever wondered why so many bureaucrats and IAS are resigning from service and joining such pressure groups and NGOs!! Nothing, but to garner mass support for the so called public interests which is actually a stepping stone in their political career bcz in India real power comes with public support and not with money or intellect. --PsD

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  2. @PsD,

    I think you are pessimistic. I do not share the opinion that all the pressure group members and mass movement leaders are selfish political aspirants. They are possibly projected by the rival groups like that.

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  3. Why so much negativity, Mr. PsD ?? From the many learning lessons from the Shawshank movie I found was hope.
    -Sarvo was here :D

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  4. Respected blog-readers, I owe to you my sincere apology in case I have inadvertently hurt your sentiments and feelings of respect toward any contemporary Indian leader of any movement, or others. But please understand- the purport of the remarks made by me was not to malign an individual (leader or whoever might be) or attack his actions or motive thereof. Just like you, I too look upon the veteran octogenarian leader AnnaJi with deep respect and support his struggle from the core of my heart. There can perhaps be no question as to the probity and integrity of this man. And India- it's in our blood, it's our sacred Bharat Mata, the land that has seen the Great Bhagwan Sree Krishna and Sree Rama doing great "avatari leela”s, so many noble saints, seers and reformers, born leaders of the stature of Netaji and Gandhiji. Therefore, this land must always be kept clean and pure, purged of all socioeconomic evils and toxins. For that, periodic cleansing and sanctification is required. Not everything can be done by the government, there are certain things (e.g. issue of corruption) which require change starting at the very basic level, which is the people of the country. In view of this, in the current context, this Indian movement against corruption is an unavoidable mandate on all of us. It is so much sacrosanct that anybody who tries to sabotage it this ought to be morally reprimanded or socially isolated.

    This much is OK and acceptable to all. But regarding my opinion I must say it was more of a generalized comment than a particular one. And it is certainly true that in the spectrum of Indian politics a section of the leaders have vested self interests. And adding to that are some ‘babus’ who once in their career were pandering to the whims of the ministers (their masters) but now want to become master themselves by quitting service and doing “public works” seeking the heart of the people. Please tell me, is it wrong to find some vested motives and ambitions in such actions??? Or, do you think all have come with the motto of service to the public only? Many such cases are available in the media to the public which vindicate my view. And it is an undeniable fact that any vested personal interest well-connived and kept disguised within a big public interest shall always doom the latter to abject failure. It is like treating the patient with contaminated medications. Vested interests, if any, of public figures and social activists spread the germs of corruption at lower levels. --PsD

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  5. Continuation...
    Further, certain things match in certain situations only. Gandhiji’s tactics were directed against an oppressive colonial regime, while this movement is against a democratically elected government that is amenable to reason and is using only parliamentary methods to decide upon legislation according to Constitution-specified methods. So the two situations do not match.

    Last, being circumspect (not exactly pessimistic) sometimes is better than blind optimism. Optimism should come with a caveat- one should not turn blind to the dangers of over-optimism and the underlying causes of failure. Moreover, in today’s world moderation is better than extreme reaction, especially, when it involves handling of public issues, otherwise anarchy and dissension crops up which harms the greater public interest. This has happened to the Annaji-led team.

    A true democracy always accepts counterview and opposition. Therefore, I think my views will not be utterly rejected by my esteemed blog-readers. --PsD

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  6. 2nd part:
    This much is OK and acceptable to all. But regarding my opinion I must say it was more of a generalized comment than a particular one. And it is certainly true that in the spectrum of Indian politics a section of the leaders have vested self interests. And adding to that are some ‘babus’ who once in their career were pandering to the whims of the ministers (their masters) but now want to become master themselves by quitting service and doing “public works” seeking the heart of the people. Please tell me, is it wrong to find some vested motives and ambitions in such actions??? Or, do you think all have come with the motto of service to the public only? Many such cases are available in the media to the public which vindicate my view. And it is an undeniable fact that any vested personal interest well-connived and kept disguised within a big public interest shall always doom the latter to abject failure. It is like treating the patient with contaminated medications. Vested interests, if any, of public figures and social activists spread the germs of corruption at lower levels. --PsD (2nd part)

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  7. Sorry readers, I tried to put my comments all at one go. That was posted and published but when I reopened the page it was not there, so I had to post them again but in piecemeal. Pls read in this order: 1st part -- 2nd part -- Continuation. Sorry again for the inconvenience caused. --PsD

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  8. @PsD,

    Your views are of course very much appreciated. I, though, do not agree to the view that Anna-led team faltered because of its extreme reaction. It just got politically whitewashed by more shrewd players. I think his actions were correct but, his demands were not (written in my earlier blog). This piece I wrote not to mourn the fall of his team - I am sure many more such movements will come with time anyway - I just pointed to the fact that how even the minor blemishes on our life get ultimately cleansed. I do not think this as a sin-confess pass as I believe in the fundamental purity of human nature. We can be surely optimistic about that, at least..

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