Oct 02, 2023
Oct 02, 2023
More by : Dr. Gopal Singh
|I am borrowing the paragraph below from Wikipedia:|
"The essence of Satyagraha is that it seeks to eliminate antagonisms without harming the antagonists themselves, as opposed to violent resistance, which is meant to cause harm to the antagonist. A Satyagrahi therefore does not seek to end or destroy the relationship with the antagonist, but instead seeks to transform or “purify” it to a higher level."
If the Satyagrahi goes for a fast to death it is a great sacrifice. I am not sure what you mean by "it demands blood sacrifice". In any event, if the cause is just and the Satyagrahi is in a state of peril, it has the power to draw the passive suppoerters to a higher level of involvement and sacrifice for the cause. At the end what makes it effective is how just is the cause and how genuine is the act of the Satyagrahi as percieved by the fellow man.
|My understanding of Satyagraha, Gandhi style, is that it demands blood sacrifice. Gandhi saw the nation as an entity in its own right. If it required millions be killed, so be it. This backfires the moment individuals use the distinct enity, India, now achieved, for their own ends - for it never ceases to be India. In your posing the application of Satyagraha for the fight against corruption within India, as it continues sailing, you asume no bloodshed, but merely mass rallies on the deck of the good ship. |
Success by satyagraha demands the shedding of sacrificial blood, as in the Gandhi model, not of the perpetrators, but of the people. The integrity of the nation, India, which makes its internal problems those between Indians, as opposed to being against the British in the Gandhi model, renders satyagraha ineffectual. The corrupt authorities in India are not prepared to shoot into demonstrating crowds, as they do in some Arab countries, in which latter satyagraha is less a matter of choice as of an imposed condition on the defenceless people.
But there is a case for philosophical resignation in the matter of corruption in government, which is not to say the protest against corruption must cease, in that within the context of the nation there will always be misuse of power and privilege, and to imagine some state of eradication of corruption, while one continues to tackle it, is to any mind hopelessly idealistic. Finally, bear in mind we are all imperfect, and our own fight against corruption is potential with selfish concerns which we reconcile as for the public good, that everyone gets a share of the good life. Our only hope against corruption in any context is our love of our fellow man, and good laws backed up by penalties in the default.
|Putting raputation on risk - 2 days back, Times Now reported Baba ramdev's announcement and also brought him to live discussion on the news hour show @ 9:30 PM.|
There were direct questions and counter questions, arguments on the line that such a movemen will dilute fight for Lokpal bill already in progress/ this is power show/ there is bigger hidden political ambition etc.
What Times Now did not inform the audience in the news, before and during the conversation is that Baba Ramdev planned to start this from 4th June 2011 onward. (When many meetings on Lokpal bill would have already taken place).
I learned this when I browsed through different new channels later that night.
So, clearly media has already taken position to support or challange the announced movement, probabely without considering interests of the average Indian.