Anna Hazare – is 74 years old and is a self-appointed Gandhian – and his mission is to achieve a corruption-free Indian society. I really did wonder what a 74 year old man can achieve? But, if you check his career graph through wikipedia, you will come to know he is a Doer and has successfully built a model village ( his native place) called Ralegan Sidhi in the Ahmednagar district, Maharastra. He has served in Indian Army too. Of course, needless to say, he has succeeded in persuading the current ruling government to draft a Jan Lokpal bill to curb corruption.
Coming Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 bears significance for one reason – Anna Hazare will start and undergo a fast-unto-death – as the government draft of the Lokpal bill is not what he and his followers wanted.’The draft the government will be presenting to Parliament will not check corruption. Only 0.5% or one in 200 government officials are under its purview. Your corrupt ration shop, RTO, passport office, panchayats or municipal authority will not be covered, State scams will not be covered. The prime minister will be excluded as well’. This is not we struggled for, Anna Hazare says.
What we require is a leader who can sway, guide, build and control emotions of the masses to achieve a movement of revolutionary scale. Mahatma Gandhi could do that. Though, I agree, times have changed since then. With growing urbanization, indifference to public cause has entered in to everyone’s mind. Fast-paced life, increasing material needs, changing values to gauge individual success, tendency to seek upward mobility – are factors that have brought indifference amongst today’s youth. Indifference to others dampens self-worth after some time and brings about helplessness in the long term. People wonder, ‘how can I bring about a change?’ Especially, when their personal needs/ lives are not affected so much. True. But in the coming years, if corruption is not tackled – it will surely affect personal lives. Evil means will sideline the Good ones! It will become difficult to do anything without paying a bribe – at government offices to get work done, at schools/ colleges for getting admission, at RTO to get a driving licence on time etc. Mediocrity will creep into our system in large numbers. Social inequality will deprive the merit-worthy causes to bring about results, change, advancement, progress etc. In a city like Mumbai, there is a great degree of indifference and people have become uncaring. Human values have eroded over the years. Masses have become material, animal kind.
Will our country achieve a corrupt-free society? Will Anna Hazare be valued for the cause he is fasting for? Will the Government of India step forward to make, build and discover a new society? A society Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel wrote about and fought with the British to build in India.
Yes, August 16th – Will it make a difference?