18 August, 2011

The Joke’s on you Lok(s)!

So, what is this whole deal about Anna Hazare and the Jan Lokpal Bill? Have you had enough of it? Or are you pro-Lokpal – reading every scrap of articles written about the issue? Or are you the type that feels that all this hoopla won’t get us very far, so why bother?

Whichever you are, you’ve made a decision and are now witness to what people are calling ‘the second freedom struggle of India’. It has such a dramatic twinge to it!

Most of the people out there are just joining the herd… yeah, I’m talking about the herd mentality that people are so prone to. Someone starts some activity and the rest follow like cattle, most whom won’t know what the whole brouhaha is about. Reminds me of a rural scene. And India is deep rooted in rural culture, even though we use the fanciest and branded cell-phones. The rural mindset prevails throughout the nation.

Now, just like all other Indianisms (culture-wise, habit-wise), some of you, nay, most of you may get me wrong. You may feel that I’m calling Indians – rural people. But why the indignation at that? It’s not an insult and I’m not even intending it as an insult. ‘You’ perceive it to be an insult or a slur and you react. Just like the way everyone is reacting about this whole Lokpal business. People are always great reactors – hell, even I’m reacting out here :D See what I mean!

It’s a nice initiative taken up by Shri. Anna Hazare. Actions always speak louder than words – and it’s good that someone has taken up the responsibility to act against corruption. Corruption can’t be rooted out completely, but who knows, maybe… just maybe, corruption will be taken down a few notches from it’s current pedestal.

But something about the original Lokpal Bill doesn’t digest well with me. Call it a hunch, sixth sense or intuition, but the idea of a panel that supervises every case of complaints, corruption and other ill deeds somehow doesn’t strike me as a good fool-proof plan.

The Lokpal Bill says that they will elect people with a ‘clear record’ to administer justice and clear cases. Now, just because someone ‘has had’ a clear record up till now, doesn’t mean that he’ll continue to have a clear record for eternity.

In Psychology, there’s a universal understanding about humans (you don’t even have to know psychology to know this) that - “The human behaviour is the most complex subject.”

Anyone can change.

At any time.

For any reason.

And you would be none the wiser.

Taking a lighter vein on that, ‘Captain’ Jack Sparrow put it quite aptly when he said, “Me, I'm dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly...stupid."

Can’t help agreeing with ‘Captain’ Sparrow there, he’s got a hard-hitting truth in that little speech of his.

Anyway, coming back to the ‘hot topic’ of discussion, for the present, everyone is bumbling around here and there, blindly hitting into poles and what-nots and the present is pretty chaotic. Chaos not in the streets, not in the homes and not in the offices, but chaos in the mind. Admit it, you’ve got a heady feeling right now… haven’t you?

Well, that’s how an idea/activity goes about over here. It’s almost like an epidemic. One person contracts some funny stuff and it’s passed on from one… to another… then it goes ‘viral’ (pun intended), then the whole nation is affected with it… and then, well, we’ll have to wait and watch what happens with this epidemic that’s doing the rounds.

All of us have always imagined being heroes saving the world, saving our country – and now is the perfect chance to live out that imagination. Join the movement, light candles, peace march, put off the lights for an hour and wear badges and ribbons! Simply exhilarating!!

Oh and while you’re at that – being against corruption that is – tell me, how many clients/customers have you cheated to this date? Too difficult to answer? Okay then, how many excuses have you made to avoid attending a function? Every now and then, right? And how much did you pay to get into the college of your choice? Bank balance sagging now, isn’t it? … fine, how many movies have you illegally downloaded from the internet over the weekend? Fun na doing that! And oh, how often have you cheated yourself? Too infinite to count? Tch, tch, tch…


It’s quite a comic act you know… all of you fighting ‘against corruption’. One day you will have to fight against yourself for being corrupt! Good Luck with that!! Let me know how it goes.
If you really and truly are fighting against corruption – you would have the courage (real courage) to acknowledge and say –

‘I am Corrupt.’

P.S: We’re all hypocrites in this world, but I know that there are some who really understand the Lokpal movement, who are involved in it out of pure respect for their country and who deeply seek to make the country a better nation. This post is specially for those who just fail to understand the gravity of the situation and who jump onto this movement just to show off how ‘patriotic’ they are.

This one is for you ‘fake-patriotic’ people:
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.” - More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927