Over the past couple of weeks, one topic that’s being the headline of the nation is the ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’. So what is this ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’ is all about? Why it is so important, that a common-man or should I say a common-man celebrity had to go on fast to bring the government on the table? The whole nation got united for this Jan lokpal bill campaign leaded by Anna Hazaare. From Jantar-Mantar in Delhi to Azaad Maidan in Bombay, from young professionals to established ones, from Aam Admi to eminent celebrities, everybody inIndia joined the campaign Anna and his cause. But the question that rings my brain is that; Did anybody knew what they were fighting for? Why is Anna on a fast? I wonder if any of them knew, what is a Jan Lokpal Bill? Well I am not saying that I knew it, but nor these people knew what was it all about.
Before going further, let us see what’s this Jan Lokpal bill is all about?
In India, the word ‘Lokpal’ means an ombudsman. In other words, the word ‘Lokpal’ means ‘protector of people’. The concept of Lokpal, has been drawn up to root out corruption at high places in the prevailing Indian polity. The Lokpal Bill was first introduced in 1960s because of the mounting corruption in public administration. But it was re-introduced again in 2011 and this time it was in the form of a movement along with the public and celebrity supports from all walks of life. People like retd. IPS officer Kiran Bedi and other known people like Swami Agnivesh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Mallika Sarabhai joined the movement with Anna and projected Anna as the anit-corruption crusader. The scale of this movement was massive, as it became one of the most talked about topics for the social networking websites. The campaign was called India Against Corruption. Its website described the movement as “an expression of collective anger of people of India against corruption.”
But the question is, was it really collective?
In a country, where the youngsters are least bothered about their country’s politics and the politicians, why did they decide to be united and fight for a cause? A cause, that even they don’t know. All they know, is that; “Anna is on a fast for corruption as he wants the Lokpal Bill to be into the act.” I wonder if they even know the meaning of the word “Lokpal.”
Places like Jantar-Mantar and Azaad Maidan became just another kind of tourist spots. Most of the people were going to these places to see the movement, spend some quality time with their buddies, have some gol-gappas & bhel-puries and comeback. Do not get me wrong, but let’s face it that though there were people who were serious about movement and were actually participating in the movement but there were more number of people who went there just to see Anna or to experience the atmosphere out there.
Coming back to the Indian youths and their interests in today’s politics, Well, it’s a sorry state-of-affairs. Though, we take a huge pride in saying that; “India has a youth population of 60%” but to me this hardly matters. If your country’s youth is least bothered about the Economic and Political scenario of the country, then, how does it matter whether it’s 10% or 60%? Many may argue with me on the fact that, I cannot say something like that as the youth of India showed that they were really concerned about the fact that the corruption is slowly but steadily rising it’s head up. To that I would say, that’s because media did a stupendous job as they leveraged the whole movement with their rigorous coverage that got the youth motivated and which in turn made them get involved in the movement.
If it is not like that, how many of us are ready to get into full-time politics and do something for our country? We can dream of becoming an engineer, a doctor or a pilot but none of us is ready to get into hardcore politics. Yet we don’t miss an opportunity of criticizing the country or the politicians. We always say that, “this country is done, it doesn’t have future…it’s a doomed Titanic” but neither of us would ever get into mainstream politics and would try to bring a change. How many of us (the youth) have ever used their constitutional right of voting? Whenever there is a vote, all we do is criticize the government and make brains to workout by thinking why should we vote? Nobody will ever gonna bring any change, neither they will do any good for us…then why should we?
I personally feel, if we don’t want to get into active politics or we don’t vote, we don’t have the rights to criticize the politicians and throw mud on them. Just because there is an old man sitting at Jantar-Mantar and goes on a fast because of the mounting corruption in public administration doesn’t bring the youth together. The fact is, it is because the media which then acts like an ad-agency or like a marketing guru leveraging the cause through its rigorous coverage that brings together the youths of India. Indeed, it’s a fact that Indian youths are the smartest of the lot as they know where to score and when to score. It’s sad but at the same time it’s true that the moment they see an opportunity to cash something, they will grab it instantly. They try to pretend themselves as one of those intellectual snobs who are here to bring a change, who are here to bring a revolution, but neither of them wants to get into any kind of social service nor they want to get into full-time politics as there are certain luxuries that they are not ready to leave. Luxuries, without which their lives will come to a standstill. The truth is in India the theory of “Jo Dikhta Hai, Wohi Bikhta Hai” is still prevailing.
Time has come for the youths of India, to work towards the development of the country. They need to understand before criticizing a politician; they need to ask themselves first, “what good have I done for my country so that I could criticize the politicians”