I love this country not because I was born here, not because it has the most wonderfully crafted natural beauties in the world, not because it has the diversity of people, language and religion. I love this country for it’s democracy, a setup the whole world feels jealous about. We gave this world elections, we taught them how to micromanage such a large vibrant country and we showed them how to make a constitution that helps every last man in this country. I love this country because it allows me venerate Godse and bash the father of the nation, I love this country because it allows me to go on the streets and protest against the government. I love this country because it gave me the right to express what I want in this blog.
I always thought the love affair with your country is similar to the love you have on your mother something that doesn’t end but alas my love affair is nearing it’s end because of my country’s learned citizens. It’s coming to an end because of a group of people, who claim to be the representatives of me and trying to end the very basis of democracy that I loved in this nation. I think there are innumerable blog posts, articles and debates on TV about the bill. I am not going to get in to the nuances of the bill because the Janlokpal is dangerous and how dangerous it is will be known only when it’s passed in this country. If you still want to know why a few people is claiming it’s dangerous, read the articles listed below
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What I am hurt more is the herd mentality of my country men. The way they blindly think that passing a law will magically transform the nation in to an uncorrupt nation is naivety at it’s heights .I am hurt by corruption too in day today life and had been a victim in the past. When I had to register my plot in Tanjore, I had to pay a bribe to get it registered. I asked why should I pay but I was helpless, I was just a mute spectator. But a Jan Lokpal is not the solution to curb corruption. Another law, another independent committee, another 1000s of Crores of my taxes going in to the drain. Strengthening of current laws and implementation will set the law part right but a stronger will to say no to corruption in our daily lives is more important.
I don’t know how many of these people who are there sitting and protesting in different parts of the country have read the Jan Lokpal and understood what it will do to them. The only thing they know is here is a man who is challenging the government on the issue of corruption, let’s join the bandwagon and protest. Have you ever read the bill? Have you understood what it will do to the people? Why a few judges, legal experts are against it? Why Anna’s demands are not feasible in this country? The problem with people like us is that we jump in to the mob without knowing the real implications and most of it are fed by the unscrupulous media which will even show live murders if their TRP is rising. The high moral ground taken by this people are extremely baffling as if they are not part of the system of corruption. The problem with the movement is they believe that corruption is top-down but it’s bottom-up in reality. Every individual is ready to circumvent a process in order to get his things done. We are basically a corrupt nation but the Jan Lokpal takes a single point of view that “Citizens are honest while sub netas chor hai”. Mind you, we are also the reason for people to be corrupt.
Moreover, the comparison with Freedom struggle and emergency struggle is even more saddening as they are unaware of the history of this country. Friends you would have been shot like birds if it were the British and you would have been beaten up in Jail if it was Indira Gandhi. Just give the government some respite, yes what they did was a mistake but they are not as bad as what you propagate in the media. I just pity on the people who have a simplistic view that Jan Lokpal will eradicate all corruption like magical bullet. I dunno how a farmer from rural TN who has to pay a bribe for getting EB connection will be helped by this magic called Jan Lokpal.
If this Jan Lokpal is passed in the way Anna Hazare and his team wants, it will become a wrong precedent to the whole nation where laws can be made on streets. Another day, another mob with another so called Gandhian leader will come and ask for another noble cause. If the country is ready for that, just go ahead support this man. Lets break down the parliament, let’s burn the consitution and let’s make vigilante laws in streets. A few of my friends even where in the view that it’s good to have such dictatorial committee to govern us. But they didn’t understand,the power to say that was given by our democracy. Another pathetic thing about this movement is considering people who are against the movement as pro-corrupt and pro-government.
For instance one of the Twitterers was hounded by hate messages because that person was against the movement. When Nandan Nilekani tried to explain why this will not work out in an interview, he is considered to be mouth piece of government. Read the comments in the posts I have mentioned earlier in this article, you will find how unreceptive these people are or you can also wait to see the comment streams in this blog post. When you have the right to express and right to protest, these people also have the right to express their concerns about the bill. I am more worried about the herd mentality of the people and the possible disintegration of democracy that my country is proud of. It pains alot my dear friends, it pains to see my country’s democracy in to pieces.
I just say I will quit India if Jan Lokpal is passed – my way of showing the dissent to the murder of democracy. After all, I have the right to express myself and that was given by the same democracy which you are killing.