Few days back, while talking to my Dad on internet, I heard about Anna Hazare and his ‘anshan’ (protest). My dad told me about how much he supports Anna and hence he has taken a day-off to participate in Anna’s campaign against corruption. I was listening all surprised and a bit worried as he went on telling me the story of how politicians and Delhi Police are stopping Anna to go ahead with his ‘fast’ and in this movement, Anna and his team may end up in jail or be lathicharged; But come what may, he’ll still go and participate for a good cause. Feeling very proud and wishing my father good luck, I ended the conversation and sat for long in front of my laptop google-ing ‘Anna Hazare’.
In short, Anna Hazare is a Gandhian and Indian social activist.
I learnt a lot about Gandhiji and his non-violent movements a lot in my history classes and thereafter, but honestly, I never really understood the principle of non-violence. I always felt that if somebody is cruel enough to hurt you than silently taking in that cruelty is cowardliness.
But, in the present condition, when we are fighting against our own system to get rid of the evils long embedded in it, the principle of non-violence is making more sense. We all have seen corruption in our entire lives and in all spheres of our lives, but hardly ever any one of us tried to even think of something to get rid of it. We always managed to feed corruption and get our work done. In fact, we have tuned ourselves to live with it.
Then suddenly, one day, sipping morning tea and grazing through the morning newspaper, we see this ‘Anna hazare, corruption, lokpal bill’ – slight turbulence inside but we ignore it and go ahead with our routine life. Again, while watching evening news, we see ‘Anna’ and his supporters – feel good that somebody is doing something, praise him but tell ourselves that nothing will change in this system.
Day after day, we see media full of information about Anna and we are tracking everything minute by minute as if we are watching India-pakistan live, but convince ourselves to stay out of the drama. Who’ll go and muddle up in police and politician’s mess? If the bill gets passed anyway, then obviously it’ll benefit everyone!
This is actually the crazy, timid mentality of us pessimist Indians.
Guys, get up and support Anna! He is the face of fight against corruption today. We don’t know whether we’ll get this chance to do something against corruption again in future or not. This is the time to show that India is a democratic country and power resides in its people. If we failed this time against our own system, nobody again will be able to gather the courage to fight against corruption. So let’s unite and make most of this opportunity, at least for the sake of being a part of a historical moment in our lives. Jai Hind!