For past 4-5 days I wondered about the Mahatma, a nation craving for his altruistic second innings and reality. I wasn't convinced. The reasons couldn't uphold my conscience. I wondered if this is the satyagraha I read about. I wondered about the direction. I pondered over the leadership. I couldn't reach a conclusion.
Around the same time, I was asked to be a part of a group, which was to work with 'India Against Corruption'. Broadly speaking, the idea was to work as a group and be a part of the protests in Pune. It was decided that we would take part in these protests as Indians and as Indians we will do our part for 12 hours - individual fasts, communicate with people, spread the word. As a group of 50 we communicated with more than 500 people (number could be more but I'm not sure) in the city in various areas. At the end of day we sat down for almost two hours to discuss what we thought & what we did. One of the responses was a clear winner for me; he said - I have never held high our national flag for such a long time. I was holding it & was talking to people about being Indian than yesterday. I felt Indian.
At the start of the day we were part of a rally that walked a few kilometres. We were shouting slogans. The best one was " बघताय काय? सामील व्हा (What you lookin' at? Join us!) ". Upon reaching Balgandharv Theatre/ Chowk, I realised that the situation is absolutely Indian - one is not certain of leadership. They kept on looking around..
Slowly but surely they seem to gather enthusiasm for the moment. After that the Tricolour never stopped riding the waves of enthusiasm.
I found out that that calling oneself Anna was part of motivation. An interesting idea - Anna Hazare is not a god like figure but just like us. Thus we must aspire to be like him as nation calls out to us
Come afternoon, police opted for a 'co-operative arrest operation'. Most of the supporters, followers, mob followers were 'arrested' by police. But lives of many didn't seem to stop. They continued as onlookers. Perhaps earning wages kicked the hell out of anti-corruption thought, maybe not.
When I saw those who were arrested, I looked for aggression. I looked for intensity. But I saw happiness of youth similar to a saturday outing. I wondered if they really meant "Vande Mataram". Perhaps they meant every letter. Perhaps they didn't really understood what that term implies...
We Indians loiter around & we litter. I saw that, yet again. No one looked at it but everyone stepped on it. By keeping your streets/ footpaths clean, are you contributing to the idea of anti-corruption? Of course, we want our ministers to be non-corrupt. But we also want our citizens to be non-corrupt.