Albert Camus, a Nobel laureate in literature and a prominent Existentialist philosopher, defined a rebel as a person who says ‘No’ to a system and also introduces an alternative system. My problem with the Anna Hazare politics has been that they had no vision for an alternative system. They were only saying ‘No’ to the existing systems. They were merely demanding eradication of corruption. That’s as good as demanding eradication of jealousy and greed (or even baldness) from human beings. To say that you want to remove corruption from public life is tantamount to saying that you will remove jealousy or greed from human hearts. That’s not a vision. That’s not a system or ideology.
Having a positive vision is essential for a public figure. Here’s my problem with Anna Hazare. What’s his vision? He wanted to eliminate corruption. Finally he seems to have understood that a vision cannot be negative. What do you want to establish? You want to establish a corruption-free state in India. No, even that’s not a positive statement. Remove the word corruption from the vision. Say that you want to establish a state where every citizen will enjoy equal benefits, equal opportunities, equal justice.
Can you do that Anna?
I will salute you if you can do that. I’m with your political party. I will definitely vote your party in the next election. But I will monitor your party’s working closely. Don’t disappoint me, please.
[Note: I’ve not been able to log in to WordPress for a long time. Now that I’ve changed my computer’s operating system I’ve been trying (for a pretty long while) to see whether it works. I suspect of a greater foul play with my blog. If the problem persists, as it seems to do up to now, I’ll open a new blog.]