India's ruling Congress Party's spokesman Manish Tiwari on June 13, said, "Our democracy faces its peril from
the unelected and the unelectable...." Later India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee labeled Anna Hazare a tyrant!
Used to politics of mudslinging, the Congressmen have persistently
indulged in accusing Team Anna Hazare to deflect public focus from the Lokpal debate. With the earlier allegations like the
fabricated CD and plot registration against Bhushans falling flat, they now want the people to believe that Anna Hazare is
working for BJP/SS and not for the masses.
Only the corrupt,
not the democracy, should feel threatened by these mass movements. Democracy is the people, not the Government. And let it
be understood by the arrogant in positions of power that democracy is not their personal domain or a ‘members-only club'
where no ‘unelected' citizens would have any right to play a role. If that were so, shall we assume that Gandhi, Subhas
Chandra Bose and the entire galaxy of our freedom fighters got away with their sins and, given his philosophy, Manish Tiwari
would have prosecuted them for being ‘unelected tyrants'?
is a dire need for such people to introspect and explore for a paradigm shift in their outlook.
Given below are 10 observations that will help us analyze Government perceptions vis-à-vis ground reality
on various aspects concerning present turmoil on India's current political field:-
1. No other Democracy in the world has an unelected Prime Minister but India, the world's largest democracy has.
In such a scenario he could as well say, "our democracy faces its peril from its people..."
2. No other
Democracy in the world has its PM or President as silent and as invisible as India.
3. No other government in the civilised modern world receives orders from an extra constitutional authority (10 Janpath)
as obsequiously as does the Indian Government.
4. No other
government in civilised world is ever seen staggering indecisively and so clownishly as our very own Government. First, they
made fun of Anna Hazare, then, terrified at the overwhelming tide of humanity in support for Anna Hazare's call, the stubbornness
of the government caved in and formed the Joint Drafting Committee for Lokpal bill. Then unable to answer questions raised
by the Anna Team, Pranab Mukherjee calls him a tyrant! Next, the top foursome of the government lay prostrate before Baba
Ramdev whom they would beat two days later. What kind of ‘Democracy' is it; and who is destroying it?
5. No other Democracy in the world has as many as nearly a third of its Parliament
(Lok Sabha) (162 plus Kalmadi, A Raja, Kanimozhi and more like Maran, Chidambaram etc in the pipeline) facing criminal charges
(ranging from trespassing to murder) which is more than 26% increase over the previous Lok Sabha's record. There are 9 Ministers
in the central cabinet facing criminal charges including one for ‘theft.' (As per National Election Watch, 76 MPs are
involved in serious criminal cases. A total of 522 cases against MPs are pending, 275 under serious IPC sections). What more
would you add, Mr Manish Tiwari, to imperil Indian Democracy?
6. As per combined survey (‘International Perception
of Corruption') by world's highly reputed independent institutions like World Bank & IBRD, Bertelsman Foundation, World
Economic Forum, Global Insight and Transparency International Berlin, India ranks at 87 with countries like Albania, Jamaica
and Liberia at index of 3.3 (out of 10) - continuously falling from 3.5 in 2007 and 3.4 in 2008 & 2009.
7. No sane system of governance other than a heartless tyrant would unleash such
brutality over a most peaceful bhajan singing congregation of innocent men, women and children as was done in Delhi's Ram
Lila ground in the late night hours on 4/5 June 2011.
per media reports (Times of India Ahmedabad, dated June 8, 2011), India not only tops the list of nations having tons of black
money stashed in Swiss banks but its cache of black money there ($ 1546 billion) is far more than the combined total of next
four countries in the list of black money deposits namely, Russia, UK, Ukraine and China ($ 1056 bn). Contrast this with our
poor farmers committing suicides, hapless pregnant women delivering babies at hospital gates and destitute tribal masses fed
up with the callous administration finding solace under Maoist rebellion.
9. No other government can boast of so many scams as the current Government of India.
10. Only DMK seems to be ahead of Congress (so far, at least) in the corruption race - so what if some have crash
landed in Tihar Jail!
However, these are merely the facts of reality, not what Manish Tiwari and Pranab Mukherjee
would like to believe. They, like their other colleagues in the government, are obviously passing through hallucinations and
illusions. In Anna Hazare, they are seeing a heavily armed warrior - ‘a tyrant' - at the head of an angry army of India's
masses charging ferociously straight into them. The scenario reminds us of Wordsworth's adolescent thief who was fleeing with
his stolen boat but felt the hilltop behind was chasing him so menacingly that the farther he roved the bigger the shadow
loomed over him.
The more the government tries to shoo away
the Lokpal and anti-corruption uproar, the more vigorous becomes the public outcry against corruption. Indian politicians
could not have had more decent and loving enemies than Anna Hazare and his candle wielding masses or Baba Ramdev with his
devotees practicing abstinence and yoga. Arrogant governments in West Asia and North Africa are facing more violent and destructive
uprisings. We have a choice to change peacefully.
While anxiety of those in power is understandable, they cannot
avoid the problem by facing in the other direction. The tide is unstoppable. The people deserve and demand an effective Lokpal
to rein in rampant corruption and they shall have it either with your cooperation or the tumult will crush authoritarian arrogance
and install people's choice.