The Search for the Ideal Anti-Corruption Crusader
The anti corruption movement is gaining pace. People are getting involved and doing all they can to get rid of corruption, such as watching news coverage on TV and writing energetic articles on blogs etc.
However, all does not seem well. We are not totally convinced yet. The cynicism just wont go away. And we cant seem to find a leader in whom we can lay all our trust. One who reassures us that corruption will indeed go away, and this movement wont end up like the climax of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron.
So who do we trust with this task?
Politicians. Nah. They are hopeless. We’ve given up voting because it is invariably a choice between a corrupt politician who has already made his crores vs a corrupt politician who hasn’t got his chance yet. The ones who do vote mainly do so in exchange for liquor, grinders, and Shopper’s stop gift vouchers.
Politicians are useless, and will sell the country if that helps increase their swiss bank balance. They’ve probably already figured out a way to take all that money with them once they die.
Civil society leaders. Anna Hazare shook up the country. Lots of glamorous celebs joined his cause. Students bunked their lectures to go to Jantar Mantar and check out the scene there. Filmstars gave up busy shooting schedules to make an appearance on the dias. Arnab raged on TV. Brownie points were given out by the millions.
But people objected to an unelected person being given the power to be a class monitor to the government. They said being a Magsaysay award winner doesn’t make you any better than the rest. Being more famous doesn’t make you more accountable. What if we end up breeding monsters who end up the same way as the politicians?
Now Baba Ramdev is taking the fast route to fixing things. Again people are cynical. “He is eccentric. He has already made his crores. He flies private jets, yet talks of Swadeshi. He is a baba, and they’re all the same. He will NOT succeed.”
So what do we do? Where do we find a leader who is
1. Well educated?
2. Has a following of crores of Indians?
3. Is not clad in any shade of orange, which is obviously a horrible thing in modern India?
4. Has the right ideas about leading our people?
Hmm…tough one. Such people are rare, and come by once in a million years.
What to do? What to do?
Wait, we may have just the right person for the job.
1. He went to IIT, and to IIM. Two of our best even though not-so-world-class institutes.
2. The Indian youth loves him and learns much wonderful stuff from his books.
3. He is smart enough to write regular columns in the Times of India that everybody reads and gets inspired.
4. He has close to half a million followers on Twitter alone.
5. He is young, almost a baby in Indian politician years.
6. Most importantly, he has all the right ideas about fixing things.
Ladies and gentlemen, Chetan Bhagat may just be our last hope.