“Will you allow a government outside the government to decide how this country will be run?” asked one of the many Congress HMVs who are prime time English news channels’ terrible ranting persons (TRPs) every evening. I frankly don’t remember which one of them said it, nor do I care.
`Kapil’s devils’ showed their Sibal face to India’s civil society from day one. The mandate, it seemed was to demolish the team, by hook or by crook. The latter came first so Amar `CD’ Singh was put on the job to conjure up a seedy plan to show the Bhushans in a poor light electronically. When the Thakur got sacrificed at the altar of truth, the Ramdev episode though handled badly, came in handy to divide civil society. And finally, the Congress decided to take them on straight, questioning their “electability” and by extension, the authority and temerity to question the government.
Fair enough, you would be a fool in India to take on the might of the Sarkaar Mai Baap. After all, this is a government where even its second most powerful minister is powerless against gum chewing flies on the wall. No wonder, the occupant of 7 RCR is forever on mute.
Most experts agree that the Lokpal bill draft prepared by Team Anna is much more thorough and emphatic when compared to the government’s draft which is ambiguous in most parts. But the Congress is clear that “if non-state actors like Team Anna” are allowed, India will be Pakistanised, the way non-state actors across Wagah have reduced Zardari, Gilani and party to jokes on twitter.
And therein lies the problem.
But I see an opportunity and a challenge here.
Tomorrow if an Arvind Kejriwal or a Kiran Bedi or a Prashant Bhushan decide to contest as independents in the elections, will we the voters of India, ensure they win the seat in the face of money power, muscle power, liquor power, free TV-mixie-grinder-laptop-saree power? Forget that, will we atleast bother to go and cast our vote? Especially the candle-holding facebookers and twitteratti? Will we in advance ensure, we have a vote at the nearest voting booth, instead of raving and ranting on D-day that “look, the state has robbed me of my fundamental right to vote”.
We elected this bunch of MPs to Lok Sabha in 2009 so we got to live with them till 2014. But then we do not operate in the “fill it, shut it, forget it” syndrome. So while we ask questions now, remember, if we want a better MP three years from now, let us as voters, as citizens, also play a role in electing the right kind of people.
To cite an example, the MLA from my assembly constituency is the textiles minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr P Shanker Rao. A loudmouth, his hands do the talking whenever his tongue puts a fullstop. Day before yesterday, Rao had a slanging match with the local MP of the area, Sarve Satyanarayana at the inauguration of some project. Both are from Congress and Telangana but the bonding ends there. Both accused each other of being corrupt, giving juicy details in public of how the other makes money and almost came to blows.
The fault at the end of the day is as much ours, that we as voters, found the duo “electable”.
I leave you with this thought to chew on.