What Baba Ramdev was doing wasn’t that blackmail? Or what government did wasn’t that un-democratic?
Right now, I am in a real confused state of mind. Its so much high voltage drama happening around over corruption and black money, and I as a citizen of India have no idea what stand should I take. What the government did by using force to end the Ramdev‘s satyagraha is certainly not right way. It’s barbaric! But what Ramdev was doing, was that right?
When Anna Hazarre began his satyagraha last month, he never intended to make it so large. But because of the support of the “general” public, it itself became so large. But here in case of Baba Ramdev, he had no public support. It was only his followers who were with him. And mind you, they all were supporters of “yog-guru” baba Ramdev, not of a social activist Ramdev. There is no strong public sentiment in favour of Ramdev. And thats the reason why government was able to act in such a manner. They couldn’t have even thought of detaining Anna Hazare, that would have just ignited the fire around the country.
But then at the same time, upto a certain extent, I am not even against Ramdev. Atleast what he is demanding- end of corruption- is not wrong and is by far better than issues raised by some political parties, like that of Marathi manush or the Ram mandir. And he was doing all this peacefully. May be using the public (ie his yog-followers) support to blackmail was not right. But then isn’t democracy all about power in the hands of public?
If the government felt that what Ramdev was doing was wrong, they should have put their point is front of public and let the public be the judge. Afterall, they are public elected government, so the public will support them, won’t they? And if you feel that public is not going to support you, then PLEASE RESIGN!
I think the real problem lies here only- the lack of trust! The public do not trust government. And why would they trust them when they have been betrayed so many times- be it the boforce case or the 2G scandal. Even in the case of Lokpal Bill, we have been hearing news of government betrayal.
What government needs is not to use force to succumb such movements, but to create an environment of trust where there is no need for such movements, where public don’t need to tell them what they should do- government should act themselves in favor of public! And this is when these satyagrahas or blackmail, whatever you call them, will eventually stop!
Last night was the night which clearly exposed in what democracy we are living today. What’s there to be seen is- When this night will end? when the nation will wake up?
- We Indian can NOT Live without corruption
- “We are not a democracy, despite what your civics teacher said”-by Chetan Bhagat
All that happened Last night: