Mi Anna Hazare.
An earnest and enthusiastic fellow (like so many others) whom I encountered last week, in a march down Marine Drive.
As ever, only time will tell if faith is misplaced. Good intentions are often the tool of choice for bad people, and whilst it is clear that a genuine movement is underway, I am sure that there is long queue of people winding its way across the nation, each wondering how best they can hijack the sentiment for their own cause.
What is unfortunate though, is the cloud of sentimental/emotional mist that surrounds the “idea” of the Lokpal bill. I don’t think it’s conducive to bringing around constructive change, and the numerous (and generous) misconceptions and misinterpretations of it being cried out across the country on indulgent news channels and the internet are quite startling.
Corruption is not as simple as there just being a corrupt system, or corrupt people. I see it as something of a “chicken and egg” situation. Yes, there are corrupt people, but then there are also people who have been corrupted, and those who corrupt them.
Another unfortunate side effect of all this is also that the BJP, by default, as the incumbent opposition, have acquired some sort of associative integrity with the movement. A party with disturbing allies like the RSS and Bajrang Dal, and as many if not more shady characters than the Congress, but with even higher double standards; they’ve managed to stay standing on the crest of this wave, pious as you like.
The aam aadmi’s main gripe - day-to-day corruption - will be negligibly affected by this bill itself. The only way to really stop it is collective action through individual responsibility. That has always been the case, and will always be the case. You don’t need the Lokpal bill for it.