India's comic revolution

Last week, when the World was busy with Libya, Japan and in general, problems facing humanity, India was seeing its first social media revolution. The air was thick with speculation, when a fast unto death by Anna Hazare, India's grand old gandhian, against corruption, started to draw crowd like moths to fire. The 24/7 mainstream news media rabidly frothing at their mouthpiece, debaters on the roadside abusing their larynx...the news papers of Pakistan and Bangladesh writing pages after pages of op-eds on how India might show the door of a social revolution. Posh South Delhi babes, bunked their colleges to flock for television bytes, their make up intact, and their accents hilarious. The cigaret dried NGO activists started threatening "Soviet type mass agitation". Which is actually pretty common, we have such a humongous population every square inch of the soil, that even a small road rage accident can snowball into a mass. Even the crows were quieter, or so it seemed to my cynical eyes.

 

Is this the South Asian Egypt moment? Is this the fabled deciding moment of our history, the history of 1/5th of humanity on this planet?

 

Not quite. Nothing bloody happened. The supremely erudite south asian media, packaged, and sold a revolution to the gullible "mass", which started just one day after the Cricket World Cup got over, and ended a couple of days before the IPL T20 started. Was that coincidence? Not possibly. Cricket sells more here. Simple silly!

 

What was unbelievable, is the "mass" of India. Poised and known to be a super power of the future, with the talks of an Indo-Chinese century, these naive flock of sheeps, actually never debated the cause, eventuality and effect of the revolution. The fast was in demand of a Lokpal bill, which is basically an Indian version of Ombudsman. Which is so absurd given the size of our population, that its almost surreal. How would a Lokpal, who will for all practical purposes be a retired judge, be morally and ethically high, and not corrupt like the other institutions in India? What if he is not? How will this change a whole system which is rotting? No answer. Doesn't matter, as long as the crowd gets their one week adrenaline rush, I guess. 

 

 

Secondly, Anna Hazare. Who's he? Here's a brief history of the man. He even wanted to hang the people who are corrupt, and chop of their hands who steal. Isn't that...umm...blasphemy (not much of a politically correct word, if you are a South Asian)...for a gandhian? Like a little bit Talibanistic? Who cares! Even Arundhati Roy called the Maoists, Gandhian with guns...she must be orgasmic today...

 

 

Do we at all need a revolution like middle east? Not that it will happen anyways, Indian brains are ephemeral...they can't inculcate long term stuff. But do we at all? We are not a dictatorship, we don't have a fixed one party rule. Our Judiciary is still not corrupt. Most importantly, our media is free. People can come in the newshour debates, and talk bull's excreta about India being a sham democracy, communalism and exploitations and other emotive issues, but the fact that they can do that, without being shot at the back of their head, in some unknown forest proves that we have a healthy, sound, and robust democracy. We can vote after every five years, and history have proved, we can boot out politicians. And what of ther other significant majority, the overwhelming majority who doesn't know about this revolution, and who doesn't want? What of them?

 

 

No answer again. This comical opera of a supremely monolinear society battle between good and evil, forces of light and darkness, will pop up occasionally, go on for about a week or so, and die down. As long as some old senile joker comes out to get his 15 minutes of fame, and newsreel exposure, with the media getting another business opportunity to "sell" revolution to impressionable minds. And then Cricket will take its place like always. Not that I don't like comedy, just that too much of sugar makes one pukish at times...