Humans find it easy to rally behind leaders. Leaders are meant to shoulder responsibility and are supposed to be accountable for everything their team, flock or the set of followers does. As a result, humans find it easy to shun accountability, shun responsibility and find selfish interests while leaders take the blows.
Anna Hazare is a naive, peace-loving man who trusts easily and knows what he wants. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister, is an honest intellectual. It is important to note that both of them lead massive troops with a mind of their own. The many anti-corruption ‘followers’ of Anna have their own interests at heart. The corrupt among the politicians do what they will under the Prime Minister’s name. And media, quite joyfully, declare Anna as the face of the movement and our Prime Minister as the face of the government.
The face of an organization is often just the tip of the iceberg. When a ship collides with an iceberg at the high seas, it collides with what lies beneath the surface- the huge indistinct mass of ice of which the tip is only a token. The issue lies with what lies beneath the surface, not with the tip that seems ever so innocent under the sun.
The people who benefit from an organization’s policies are often not out there among the public. Often, the people representing a cause face unfair harshness thanks to the decisions of those hidden many. It is advisable for media channels to understand how sensitive minds of the masses are. It is advisable for the media channels to not pitch Anna versus the noble Prime Minister. Let us be responsible and realize that both are good men and they have their hands tied behind their backs. The people behind the fiasco are away from the public glare. They always are.
Let us stop this mindless blabber and work towards a sensible future. Rude words and demonstrations have benefited no one, ever. And uprooting corruption is a distant dream if we are unwilling to let our minds mature.
love and peace