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The Fasting Farces and Damp Denouements
|by G Swaminathan|
The recent developments in New Delhi on the political scenario looks more like drama of absurdities. On the garb of elimination of corruption a lot of activities seem to take up in a corrupt and surreptitious manner. The man Anna Hazare, who all of a sudden bolted out of blue and started a crusade against corruption and for the introduction of lok pal bill with a host of conditions finally ended with making many controversial statements. But soon he was purchased by the higher level leaders of UPA government and he started singing different and (un)expected tunes much to the surprise of his followers who too favored him in a sudden attraction.
As if one is not enough, it was the turn of a politically ambitious yoga guru Baba Ramdev sent a salvo to the central government once again on the same cleaning corruption subject once again through a fast unto death threat. But, here the central ministers and close associates to the power center moved swiftly to the airport to receive the Guru and had long discussions on subject only known to the two parties.
Later after his settling in the Ram Lila grounds for his proposed ‘fast till death’ was to start; alas, the police landed on the guru quite unexpectedly as well as his admirers and literally thrown them out of the venue. The guru had to run for his life as he was evicted forcibly.
Now all these episodes raise a lot of questions.
It is obvious corruption cannot be wiped out in one day or by one act or one law unless these are executed by the people holding the positions to enforce law and if they are corrupt how to manage the situation?
If we are true to our conscious, we know and accept that every Indian is corrupt in some way or other. Only the magnitude varies. If a common man pays a few hundreds or thousand rupees for a government official or a law enforcing authority to allow him to go ahead with corruption worth a few lakhs, ministers takes lakhs and crores of rupees to permit unlawful activities worth lakhs of crores of rupees. Does it make any great difference?
How Anna Hazare or his gang and Baba Ramdev imagine a few days of their fast can completely change the society upside down and make India a land of honesty?
All these fasting dramas and poor climaxes only show how hypocritical Indians are how the media exploit on such events to promote their business and how ultimately the entire nation prefer to doublespeak on corruption, honesty and integrity.
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