One must not judge the book by its cover and the blog-post by its title!
You might wonder what I have to say in this regard, after so long time. Well, I wanted to write about it about a couple of months back, however, for some or the other reasons I was unable to post. A lot has been happened and many stupid things have gotten public attention instead of the real ones.
Anyways lets get started with all the big Question, i.e., Is the movement of the Great Anna Hazare against Corruption and the support of Jan Lok Pal Bill REALLY undemocratic and unconstitutional?
You might have read other posts by some other authors and many prominent personalities in our country – the likes of Arundhati Roy and others (I don’t remember their names!) say that Anna Hazare’s campaign is undemocratic and unconstitutional!
Well, I know, my opinion is not much important to you as much is yours. So I wont be forcing my opinion on you. But there are a few points I would like to make. And I want to have a discussion, so that you yourself can decide what the answer is!
To begin with, lets talk about Democracy. What is Democracy? To claim something to be undemocratic, we must be sure that we understand democracy. Do we really understand it? Lets cross-examine our understanding…
Democracy simply means: “Government of the people, by the people & for the people.” Now if you don’t agree with the definition then ask the Indian Government to get a better Education Minister, because this is what I have been taught to mug-up since I was 10!
So does the basic definition of democracy say anything about protest, Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, Constitution, may be Courts?? It does not. Because to implement a system was created (most of it copied with minor modifications from the British even the name of our country: India. That’s any irony don’t you think? We forgot the name of our country which is “Bhaarat”. SAD)
Now the system was created (or copied) for the people and not the other way round. But today what’s happening… the likes of Arundhati Roy want to keep the system even when the people (for which it exists) are not happy with it? Its time for CHANGE!
People say - For Gandhiji, fasting was justified because it was done in the pre-constitution era, but not for Anna Hazare. Well, then can you please think of ways in which the public (or the Janta) can express their views when the Government is not listening? After all the laws are made for the public.
A few other ways that people adapt are:
- Hijacking planes buses etc by terrorists
- Destroying national properties and killing Government servants by Naxalites
- Processions by political parties which causes traffic troubles
- Violence by Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal to stop celebration of Valentines Day
- Blocking trains and rail road by Gujjars
In my opinion, Anna’s peaceful non-violence and non-chaotic way – his fasting - is a much better alternative to the above.
Since the Democracy says Government by the people, when the people themselves have chosen the Great Anna Hazare, what’s wrong? When they are supporting it, what’s the trouble? A parliament is not necessary for Democracy specially when its threatening the very fundamental principles it was based on.
Let me know your opinions my friends, because your opinion matters a lot to me and my (our) Nation. Jai Hind!
The discussion will continue in Part 2 of this post.