He is an elderly figure with soft features like that of any sweet grandpa. He follows the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, a great man of past whose relevance is nowadays doubted every now and then. He wears spotless white clothes akin to his integrity for various social causes. And today he is fasting; unto death; in order to persuade the country’s government to uproot corruption. That’s Anna Hazare whose name has become known to almost every Indian having access to Internet. His anti-corruption crusade is being backed-up by millions of folks online.
First of all, I have a question for all the youth who are now making beeline at Jantar Mantar. Why did 71 years old Anna had to come on streets and begin fast-unto-death before the youth of our nation realized that there exist the nemesis of corruption? Didn’t they know it before? The same youth, until a few days ago, were content with meandering their way through the system by giving in to corrupt officials. The same youth were cowardly hidden behind doors when the monster of corruption has been roaming free in the streets.
Why did it take botheration to an elderly person before the youth could say we are united and we will fight against corruption? The answer to this question makes me uneasy. I feel that this “support” for Anna’s campaign is merely an eyewash. Our nation’s youth is not spineless; but let’s face it; our youth is lazy. In a country of over a billion people only a handful youngster are courageous and concerned enough for social causes. Most of our youth is quite a bit self-centered; their pompous principles and talks notwithstanding.
It is easy to create groups on Facebook to support Anna and it is easy to write rhyming lines to praise the veteran. It does not take much to press a few keys sitting comfortably in your chair. But I wonder if, after a few days, the same youth will refuse to bribe a traffic cop on being given a ticket? I wonder for how long this buoyant crowd of youngsters will hold their promise to fight corruption.
To be frank —I am not very hopeful about this tide getting converted into a national change. I am very much positive that the change will eventually come but it will take time. Such emotional tides, as the support for Anna Hazare, are not there to stay. These tides are fueled more by media than by conviction and real change in character.
I am sure Anna Hazare is a kind of person who will fast unto death. But can we also pledge to fight corruption unto death?
And yes, I know the skepticism that readers of this article might have. Personally, I have never supported corruption —I have been issued challan only once in my life by the traffic police and I was very happy to pay the full fine because I was at least satisfied that the system worked the way it should and it caught me making mistake.