I’ve been living out of country for last few years and being such a news junkie always yearned to hear news from motherland on the international channels. We hardly get any news covered in the international channels that pertain to the Indian sub-continent. If at all any news that gets covered it would be a loss of the Indian cricket team (of course wins are hardly covered) and so on….so the usual brouhaha that we are so used to back home is missing.
So it was a proud moment to see BBC Worldwide covering the protests today that happened across different countries against corruption. As someone who belongs great Indian middle-class, I can identify with the apathy as well as the antipathy. We always blame the government for lack of infrastructure, high tax and generally other perils of life. But how many of us get ourselves out of our slumber to vote and ensuring that we get the Govt we deserve?
So it was a pleasant surprise to see so many young people coming out in the open and finally expressing their anger out in the open. In the past so many corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and other officials have gone scot-free since we never objected publicly. There was no one voice and we generally assumed an attitude that said “Aisah hi hai boss”…”Lifes Like that” and so on. No one had the courage or bothered to take the first step against the mediocrity and corruption.
Anna Hazare may not be the answer to all this. He may just be a symbol.His methods may not be all that right. But hey, he did catalyse the country. I just hope it continues and doesn’t die. We have limited options to Congress. Theres a saying Iss Hamam mein Sab Nangey hain (In this bath everyone is naked). The problem is when you have a political party, it is the party’s agenda that becomes most important. Country’s agenda takes a back seat.
In this milieu, lets also not forget our double standards. No one remembers Irom Sharmila of Manipur, who fasted for 10 years against the violence by the Indian Armed Forces in Manipur; Swami Nigamanand of Uttarakhand who died fasting against corruption or Shehla Masood who was shot dead in Bhopal. No one is talking about them may be because they did not have someone like Kiran Bedi backing them, or any political party for that matter.
I just hope that in India there will be a day that none of these deaths will go unheard or wasted. One will feel proud to be an Indian where each sacrifice will be accounted for and revered and not forgotten in a slumber.