World Cup fever is slowly dying down, and IPL is here! Cricket is an addiction! At least for me! I have been a fan since I remember understanding TV and programmes. If you live in an Indian family where two out of three members are crazy about the game, you are bound to watch is as you don't have any other choice. This is a common scenario in almost all the households. It gives extreme results - either you fall in love with the game or you hate it! I obviously belong to the former category.
WC was fun with many ups and downs and finally India emerging as World Champions. But it kind of lasted for two days as the whole country's focus shifted to Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike for passing a bill against corruption. I will not go into details as thanks to immense Media attention, everyone knows that it has something to do with corruption. Since quite a few of you are not well verse with the legal language, you may not know the exact content of the bill, but yes, since the herd is going in protest direction, you might as well join it. And no, please don't ask me what the bill is all about. I am a dumass lawyer!
But the thing that has surprised me is the number of people following someone blindly without knowing the facts! That person being right or wrong is a secondary thing, but is it right to follow someone like that? No comments as I have already received various reactions for my questions from many people!
Before even joining this movement, we should ask ourselves first - what are we doing to stop the corruption? When we get caught by the traffic cop for talking on mobile phone while driving or breaking a signal, do we pay the official fine of 2000 Rs. or we simply pay 100 Rs. bribe and get away? How many times have we gone to a Government office and got our work done without paying any money to the peon or clerk? Why do we pay 50 Rs. to the postman who delivers us our passport? Isn't that his job?
Yes Yes, I know these are all boring pointers at which you will make a face and move on. I mean come on, why will you pay 1900 extra if you can get away by paying 5%?
Now comes the hero of the nation - the modern Mahatma Gandhi - who postponed his fast by a week as the world cup was going on. Do I have to tell you why? Actors and actresses are going to Jantar Mantar where he is fasting. They get their pics clicked there and post them on social networking sites. WOW!
If you support the protest, you are nice; if you don't support it, it means you solicit corruption! Which world are we living in? Since birth, we see that everyone is getting one's work done by paying bribe. Starting from school donation, to a paid seat, to government job, to get death certificate quickly! Everywhere it happens. We turn blind towards it. And we join a moment that will punish those who commit crimes worth thousands crores rupees. Ain't we taking a big risk here? So what if the committee too becomes corrupt? I hope that doesn't happen now!
My point is pretty simple - stop taking and giving bribe! Start it from now, from today! Stop encouraging your child by telling him that if he does the homework, you will give him a chocolate. Stop paying Mamu 100 Rs. Either don't break the rules, or if you do, then don't break the laws! Cut the corruption from grass root level. Be conscious of your actions first. Today the bill is favourable to us to a certain extent. Tomorrow people may start blackmailing the Government by going on such strikes to get unfavourable things passed! Wake up and act! Don't follow the herd blindly! Only an ass does that!