By COL Jass Gill : The government has shown its ineptitude in dealing with the SATYAGRAHA – the main weapon with which we have claimed from roof tops that we have won our freedom. On one hand government rushed in to meet Baba Ramdev and on the other hand has shown inflexible attitude by breaking up his Satyagraha. Heavens would not have fallen if it would have continued for a few days more.At least it has started the process of sorting out Corruption from black money angle. We can be assured by the actions of the government that it is concerned about common citizen’s voice on issues.It is not merely because it wants to do it willingly but the world environment has undergone a sea change with internet and TV – now all people centric agitations have a Jasmine revolution scent and Middle East smell in them. That perhaps is the main reason and describes the actions taken by the government to deal with such agitations like sit in’s and satyagrahas. Never before has a government be it UPA or NDA moved with such alacrity as it has while dealing with the Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev SATYAGRAHAS. We must thank people of Tunisia,Egypt and Yemen who actually followed Mahatma Gandhi’s method of SATYAGRAHA and showed to us that it still works.
It was astute political wisdom to deal with the agitation in its nascent stage but what went wrong -Was it small egos of big persons, mere one up man ship or more deep rooted motives and maneuvers’ which are not fathomable to civil society at large?
It is a very good sign that there is willingness to move forward on difficult and thorny issues. It has brought on the national centre stage as well in the national consciousness such issues which were hitherto fore were put on back burner due to deliberate efforts, apathy or mere political suitability.
But by this police action government has undone whatever good will it had earned by sitting across the table with Anna’s supporters. It should have moved ahead, kept the talks on, should have not stood on prestige and power, should have shown sagacity and wisdom. Politics sometimes demands restraint and use of force against own citizens is a bad ingredient of any recipe to deal with agitations in a democracy.
This is not the end! UPA government by this police action has just bought a few days respite or maybe we say it is a lull before the proverbial storm. Mean while Take Care! Stay truthful! Jai Ho!