Lets Not Turn This Anti-Corruption Movement Into A Circus

Manmohan Singh, current prime minister of India.

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India is currently in a crisis. Not that the crisis has fallen upon the country all of a sudden. It is a result of various factors, accumulating over the years. Corruption is being highlighted as the main issue, and yes, it is an issue. People are coming out in the open, supporting the Anna ‘Anti Corruption Crusade’ Hazare. The man deserves respect. I cannot express it. Words are failing me. But… with this, come the opportunists. Like Baba Ramdev. Like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. And a chance to the psychopaths to abuse the Prime Minister.

Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are both Hindu religious teachers. Baba Ramdev… the coward he is, he escaped arrest by dressing as a woman. He wants to enter into politics. He is corrupt, and he, wants to save his arse, and is using this opportunity.

The Anna camp, on the other side… all they are demanding is… having their version of Jan Lokpal Bill tabled in the Parliament. Fair demand. The government opposed to it. Irate citizens took to Social Media to vent their ire. They abused the Prime Minister. And that is what propelled me to blog about it. Tell me, what are you achieving by abusing a PM? You are only creating a bad impression about a man who you can only dream to be like.

If Indians remember, he is the person who quietly changed the face of India. And India is, in a way, less corrupt, because of the same man. The Industrial Policy Resolution, 1991, changed the way the world looked at India. Wait. There’s a very recent incident. India, 20 years back, had to borrow an amount from International Monetary Fund, to avert a crisis. Our Balance of Payments were not balanced at all. Circa 20 years, we donated a whopping $2 Billion to the IMF to fund bailouts in Europe. A donation from a developing nation to a union of developed nation – pretty much says it all. We have arrived. And the credit goes to Manmohan Singh for that. Others played their part too, but his role was pivotal, as the Finance Minister in 1991.

Coming back, the irate citizens, are abusing such a man. Look, people, he is not really powerful. He has a government to run, ensuring there isn’t chaos. He has a coalition to respect, so that the government keeps running and there is some sort of order in the country. Sure, the time is running out, but he will do it. Sooner or later. If he doesn’t, someone else will. But at the moment, he needs to make sure the country doesn’t fall apart – to opportunists like Ramdev. He needs to make sure it doesn’t fall in wrong hands. He is doing a splendid job. You abusers, aren’t. I bet, you are more corrupt than him. I know you download torrents. You use cracked stuff. And that is also corruption. First put your own house in order, and then talk about others.

Coming back to Anna Hazare camps’ demands – absolutely fair. Absolutely. The government needs to table it in the parliament. It should. Corruption is rampant in India, and there is no hiding about it. But well… all I ask is, be sensible. Be civilized, people. Don’t do anything that harms the image of the country. Look at what happened in the UK. You wouldn’t want that to happen. Place your demands, you have every right to, but, be a man. A man of your words. And logical. Practical, too.

Swami Ramdev is a sham, and I don’t support him. Anna Hazare, you have all my support. May better sense prevail.

PS: The ones who are abusing the PM, they should read this – Industrial Policy 1991


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