Let us corrupt our nation?
“You don’t have to put in any special effort; the trick lies in simply putting yourself, your family and your work before everything that the Nation needs from you. It’s not a new thing …. It’s been there for 65 years and now we are very close to achieving this wily aim. This happens to be the most successful silent destruction charter adopted by the citizens of India after independence.”
This is how Major Gaurav Mathur (Retd) started his Letter to the Editor, received by HT for publication.
There was sarcasm but it touched the core of the heart as he continued: “But unfortunately the citizens have come up against a hurdle now. It’s Anna Hazare. But don’t worry, let us stand in judgment against all the things this guy is doing and try to make him the butt of all our jokes at evening parties because we should not forget our wily aim of total destruction of this great Nation. After all, it’s we who have created the salubrious climate for our Netas to fester and rot in. Without us, they would not have a ghost of a chance. How about that? ”
I somehow agree with him. When Anna went on fast, we asked the why and how’s. The discussion did not even end there as we started exploring the hidden agenda. As the Congress is in power, it is aiming to win the 20124 Lok Sabha elections. Who can aid BJP’s return from the destructive course it took in early 1990’s. Some suggested to Anna, ‘Be a part of the system if you wish to correct the system.”
Now that he has decided to take a plunge in the political system that needs corrections, we are still not satisfied. The common refrain is they want to grab power.
Somehow Anna’s contribution is being undermined. He has revived what we read in the history books, ‘the public movements and their strengths.’ He has activated a generation that otherwise remained glued to Facebook or their own agendas.
It’s really sad the politicians of all hues and shades kept away from the movement which was aimed at curbing corruption. Did they want to promote corruption? Agreed, they may have had some reservation with the manner in which the movement was organized, they may be angry with the unwarranted speeches delivered, but can there be any divergent views on ‘ending corruption.’
Having said so, I am a bit concerned about Anna’s plans to enter politics. Yes, concerned because I don’t want him to fail. I am concerned, because our political system doesn’t allow well-meaning people like Anna to flourish. I am concerned because the people who supported his movement rarely cast their vote in elections.
I will again quote from Major Gaurav Mathur’s letter.
“For heaven’s sake, let’s snap our fingers and wake up, the joke’s gone a bit too far – 65 years, enough is enough. This is now the time for some serious introspection. We citizens are directly to blame for the condition of our country. We have gone to sleep and let the nation be plundered and looted by foreign powers in the garb of our national government. There is a grave need to educate everyone on the present day scenario of this second “Azaadi Ki Ladai”, lest we lose this great opportunity through callous citizens, who lack awareness, who have not searched their souls for dormant patriotism, who are working at cross purposes & those who have lazily decided to sleep through this crisis.”