The fight that Anna Hazare put up is a laudable feat despite all the criticisms that are being hurled his way. There might be problems with the bill and there might more problems with the committee that has been setup with drafting the bill but I’ve not heard of one argument which convinces me to believe that what has happened is ‘not for the better’.
Anyway, whatever we might achieve at the end of the struggle is irrelevant to the discussion that I want to have today. I am more interested in the philosophical point that was raised while I was debating this issue.
A friend argued, “Corruption or the ‘chalta hai attitude’ is a weakness within us, and not a battle to be fought. Since when have moral issues been resolved through external wars?”
To which I replied, “Wasn’t the Holocaust a major reason for fighting the second world war? Isn’t the rampage the US has begun for after 9/11 justified as fighting for a moral cause? What was the reason that Gandhiji stood for against the British? Freedom, which I suppose is a moral cause. If you consider fighting weakness within yourself then you have to stage a battle with it to overcome it. So individually or as a collective moral issues and weaknesses are far more ‘effectively’ fought if you stage a ‘battle’ (perhaps of the non-violent kind)”.
At the end of which, it struck me that this debate actually stands as some wisdom gained! If you want to fight those weaknesses then go stage a battle. What Anna Hazare enabled through his fast was precisely that, a chance to go on a battle.
Deeksha recently wrote an excellent article on the Chalta Hai attitude and the ways to counter it. She says, “At an individual level we need to realize that it is chalta hai because we let it be so! The nature of this problem and its various manifestations in public life is such that it thrives because we become a part of it and let it flourish through us…. If we do not take the responsibility of dealing with it in time, it may just be the start of multi-faced crisis for us as a nation.”
Sitting around and individually challenging your beliefs (in your own head) is a great idea for self-development but never would you be able to achieve what was achieved as a collective under the leadership of Hazare.