Anna Kournikova may be a glamorous tennis star with a questionable career for some of you. For us, Indians, she is just another hot girl who plays tennis, looks fabulous on screen and has a fancy last name we just can’t learn how to pronounce correctly. But what does Anna have to do with saving India?
I’ll come to that a little later on. At first I’d like to bring to your notice a new yet common Indian phenomenon that is picking up TRPs all across the nation. The country is falling for one guy they think is a super hero and will save the country from everything evil. The man himself, Shri Anna Hazare has a solid reputation to back him up and he’s fighting corruption in the country. His decision to sit down on yet another fast isn’t news for many. This was expected, just like Ms Kournikova winning an imaginary tennis match.
What is truly happening here is just another part of human nature – we find something getting popular, we find people assume it’s a ‘good’ thing to do and we end up following it. Blindly, of course. Anna Hazare has thousands if not lakhs of followers. All of them seem to have the same motive – fighting corruption. 80% of them cannot spell corruption. 10% of them have no idea about the real cause they’re supporting. The rest of them are just too old to judge.
What happens in India is that our opinions are so much controlled by external forces that makes it just too ridiculous of you really think about it. Pick any housewife supporting Hazare for that matter. Ask her opinion and she’ll tell you how gas prices have left her sweating in the kitchen for all the wrong reasons. She’ll go on to claim that if Anna Hazare wins (don’t know how they’re calling it a war) that gas prices might come down and she’ll be happy again. Ask her what makes her think so and she’ll say, ‘arrey hubby ji kehte hain yeh’ (my husband said all this).
Housewives and senior citizens apart even the young generation, that makes up a majority of our nation, is running aimlessly after Anna Hazare. They’ll do anything to skip classes at college. Pick one up and you’ll find them carrying the Indian tricolor flag with a much proud expression, they’ll yell slogans that just won’t make any sense. Ask them if they’ve read the draft to the bill they’re fighting for and they’ll give you the look. Ask them about their plans after the protest gets over in the evening and you’ll get to know about the latest pubs in town.
What is my problem? What is this country’s problem? What is Anna’s problem? What is the solution? Too many questions? I probably sound like a jackass by now. If you really think for a moment, corruption isn’t our main problem. If I was Anna Hazare and I wanted to work towards making my country better, I’d start at the grassroots – schools. We are what we’re taught. The education system needs an overhaul and no one is paying attention to it. Instead we want lengthy bills with more loopholes than Shakti Kapoor’s boxers in Raja Babu. What is the purpose of having a bill when it’s just going to make things more complicated? Makes no sense to me. Just like what all I said above may not make any sense to you, now. It will some day.
Anna Hazare can’t solve our problems, our country. His goals and ideals are on the right side but the methodology he is following is truly pathetic. I’m sorry to put it down like this. I hold high regards for anyone who dedicates his life towards the betterment of his/her country, salutes to you guys. But before you sit down for a fast in this riot-prone, blood thirsty country, you must give it a good round of thought.
As of now, we don’t need an Anna to disrupt the parliament or the country, we need a Kournikova to distract our nation towards something useless so that we get enough time off to think about how wrong we’re going. Where are Bollywood directors when you need them?