Hazardous Hazare

The recent Hazare spectacle made me realize how powerful hunger can be. It also made me realize that, in today’s world of global connectivity and exuberance of means enabling people to voice their opinions, it is so easy to  whip up public’s emotions. The movement for support of Hazare is an example of this, people got overtly excited about the flawed idea that passing a bill that profoundly errs in understanding the ways in which corruption can be fought and irradiated in this country, is a cause worth fighting for. But, my biggest problem is with the means Anna Hazare adopted to coerce the government into agreeing to his demands. This trend is very detrimental to a democratic society and should be condemned by the citizens much less eulogized

Anna Hazare  who is  being compared to present day Gandhi, emulated Gandhi by going on hunger strike in order to be part of a committee that were to draft the Lokpal Bill. Gandhiji was the greatest soul that ever walked this earth, who taught us a philosophy, never seen before. The only thing people in India seem to have gathered from him is the culture of strikes and bandhs, shameful. When people compare Anna Hazare to Gandhi, it makes my skin crawl. Gandhi went on hunger strike to fight the alien, colonial rule and set his country free, not to be a part of a committee.

We live in a democratic country, we elect our government by our free will and it is government’s job to draft a bill and civil society has no business being part of such committees. Anna Hazare wanted equal representation of people and government in the drafting committee. Are you kidding? Isn’t government an extension of people’s will? It is one thing to ask for representation of public in such matter but blackmailing the government takes it to a whole new level.

It is a shame that an assortment of self-proclaimed social activists and public- seeking wannabees were able to coerce the government into agreeing to their demands.  Have these do gooders completely missed the existence of Iom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for last 11 years? I didn’t see such a stir in past 11 years. Government never repealed the AFSPA because a woman has been fasting for last 11 years?  Can we blame the imminent state elections and series of scams for the current output of this particular hunger strike?

Menace of corruption can not be solved by the introduction of Lok Pal bill and hunger strikes are not the way to push a political agenda, in a constitutional democracy like ours. Corruption can be dealt with proper economic reforms and engaging people in electoral process. People who supported the Bill and Anna Hazare  were  profoundly misguided. The movement seemed to have struck a chord with people in light of current slew of scams. Hunger strikes are extremely dangerous and detrimental to a political democracy. I do not support hunger strikes, the Jan Lokpal bill, nor do I support  corruption.

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22 responses to “Hazardous Hazare

  1. very thoughtful …
    ….:)

  2. Thanks for reading and stopping by 🙂

  3. old monk

    The first thing in my judgement we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our economic and social objectives… we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha…these methods are nothing but the grammar of anarachy and the sooner they are abandoned the better for us. B.R.AMBEDKAR
    (was said after the independence)

    • Yes, that makes sense to me. Civil disobedience movements unfortunately, taught us how to disobey our own government. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Aishwarya

    very nice and thoughtful……..

  5. Shantanu

    Quite a philosophical and different approach to look at the issue. But, I believe there is no other way to make the corrupt Indian government listen to normal citizen’s opinion. If only Babus and Netas would do the work this wouldn’t be the situation. Gandhi fought against the injustice. Colonial rule was of the paramount concern for every Indian at that time and they were sick of it. In case of Hazare only difference is people are sick of corruption. They took a leap of faith in time of Gandhi with only one thing in mind, freedom from British and they did the same thing for Hazare. I am sure Mahatma Gandhi did mistakes too ( trusting Nehru family is one of them ) people did not know what all policies Gandhi was involved in. They just trusted him. So what if Hazare’s bill has errors. The constitution of India also has errors ( No central law for crimes, every religion is allowed to practice there own law) and for that matter no constitution in the world is perfect. This time atleast public knows what all goes in the Lokpal bill , so far. It is true that one bill can not stop the whole corruption but it has to begin from somewhere and by someone. In all this years no one from the government came forward for anit-corruption. If only government had made proper economic reform and the election process was fair and just. What do you expect from a country’s government where Netas with murder cases on their head are sitting in parliament, Netas spending millions of rupees on their children marriage still able to justify it, Netas making corrupt defense deals leading Air force officers death, Netas doing scams, the list is infinite.

    I wonder how many corrupt cases Hazare is involved?

    • Thanks Shantanu for your view on this issue. I, on principle absolutely detest strikes of any kinds, especially the ones involving saffron robes and the circus we saw with this particular one. I again say our electoral process needs a major face-lift, slapping another bureaucratic panel on top of other is not going to offer any redress.

      I am glad you asked about Hazare’s involvement in corruption cases, word on the street is he himself is facing corruption charges for misappropriation of his trust fund. Irony at its best 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • icarus

      why is everyone think so much opposite of nehru family…every politician is corrupt no one is gud but at the same time who has done more gud is what matters and jawaharlal nehru is the best prime minister we have had since independence it is by his visionary principles like non-alignment movement that makes our india at such a respectable position on world stage… just take a look at pakistan(army rules everybody including prime minister)…and at present i think congress is the better option to rule than bjp or any other party…

  6. Shantanu

    Interesting to know….But, what is more likable, a Neta who is corrupt and does some good to the public or Neta who is corrupt and useless ? 🙂

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  8. I think this post lack insight and author needs to understand the Indian Constitution and polity before making naive post .
    I hope i am not being offensive .

    • Well, I would love to hear what you think is “unnaive” definition of democracy. Do enlighten me. I would love to hear your opinion on how holding the government hostage is the best approach to deal with issue of corruption. In my post I do not claim that whatever Hazare is doing is unconstitutional, I am simply saying that we do not live under some autocratic rule and these practices do more harm than good.

      • [quote]We live in a democratic country, we elect our government by our free will and it is government’s job to draft a bill and civil society has no business being part of such committees.[/quote]
        First of all civil society comprises of every person who is not a serving military personal !
        There is no bar over expressing any demand of any social change neither in our democracy nor in our constitution .It is quite ignorant to say that demanding a social change by giving suggestion by any group is undemocratic .Moreover any legislation needs to represent the will of the people and if government comes out with any autocratic plan in name of exercise of democracy ,we the people have right to protest and show the government what we want.

        Anna and people supporting the Jan Lokpal are not demanding any special power or exercising any unconstitutional power . The will of the people was not with them govt. would have crushed them without any hesitation.

        [quote]People who supported the Bill and Anna Hazare were profoundly misguided. [/quote]
        Do enlighten us

        [quote]Corruption can be dealt with proper economic reforms and engaging people in electoral process.[/quote]
        As per info available at your blog you choose to study at USA as you were disheartened with the Indian education system but I hope you are also aware of condition of election system of India !

        Its open secret that political system in India has rotted and this is the reason why people support Anna and nothing is misguiding Indians! .No one is asking anything personal.

        PS: Don’t take anything personal as I have commented on info available publicly!

  9. I am not offended by your comments, I just ask you to read my post objectively.

    [quote]We live in a democratic country, we elect our government by our free will and it is government’s job to draft a bill and civil society has no business being part of such committees.[/quote]

    I am assuming you know how a bill is passed according to our constitution. There is a process in place, what’s the point of having a legislative body when any one who might not be well versed in legislation decides to play a key role in drafting bills.Frankly, what makes Hazare and his circus qualified for being a part of such committee?

    [quote]People who supported the Bill and Anna Hazare were profoundly misguided. [/quote]

    It means, a bill is not gonna be a magic wand that will snatch our country out of the muck, that corruption is.

    [quote]Corruption can be dealt with proper economic reforms and engaging people in electoral process.[/quote]

    Includes improving the electoral process.

    I just think that you are not taking my post in the light it is intended for. I am quoting myself one more time :

    “my biggest problem is with the means Anna Hazare adopted to coerce the government into agreeing to his demands. This trend is very detrimental to a democratic society and should be condemned by the citizens much less eulogized”

    Once again, I am not saying that whatever Hazare or others are doing is unconstitutional, in my personal opinion, amassing people and coercing government is not a healthy practice.

    Also, I do not question Hazare’s intent, my problem is by his means.

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  11. icarus

    gud article at a very good time…..as you comparing anna hazare to gandhi is not correct that’s very true.Even though every major personality of indian national movement were involved in framing of constitution gandhi never involved.Now our beloved anna hazare thought of himself as a visionary and a great intellectual who can do justice single handedly to all 120 crore indians by introducing his version of jan lokpal bill…man everybody is a einstein now a days….

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