Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev – A hit and a Miss!
When I started my blog, I had one resolve that it will be different. It will represent me, the way I think, the way I feel and the way I act. I also, had a resolve of not making it a newspaper, i.e, no political posts.
This one had to come up.
Why? Well, Baba Ramdev is a very revered figure in my household. My father is a staunch supporter of him. His yoga has helped my entire family. Everyone (well, except me) has lost weight. Everyone is feeling better doing those Pranayams.
So coming back to the point, why Anna Hazare is a hit and Baba Ramdev is a miss.
We are Indians. We form perceptions. Larger than life figures are intimidating to us. They can wow us, we can watch them but when they try to alter our lives, we feel uncomfortable. The feeling of, “well, he is not one of us” is way too overwhelming.
That exactly hit Ramdev. His is a corporation. Patanjali Yogpeeth is a Rs. 1200 crore business empire. You PAY for medicines when you buy from there. That was not the problem. The problem occurred when he entered the retail. Soaps, toothpastes, Flour, Oil, Pulses and all? Come on, you are not a retailer. You are Yoga Guru, the Yoga Guru. People flock your yoga sessions. Please do not take that for your following. You have turned into a capitalist businessman.
There is nothing wrong in it. Absolutely nothing wrong in it. But that puts you in a different class.
Point number two: The appearance. Please do not take it in any other manner. Baba Ramdev, when I mention your appearance, I mean your imposing personality. When you speak, you roar. Well, shouting always doesn’t equal to roaring. Writers, you know, always tell that it is the content that matters. Well, presentation is important aspect of what you write but there HAS to be matter to read. That goes with speaking also, unfortunately. You need to be a little loud to be heard but you need to have content worth hearing. You wear bright Saffron cloth and run and empire. Saffron is the colour of sacrifice. Enough said there.
Point number three: The legacy, the history. You do not have a social cause supported other than Yoga. The share pattern and the balance sheet of Patanjali makes me feel as if I am reading a balance sheet of any other company. Of course, I appreciate the finance people in your “company” for managing the balance sheet so well.
Point number four: Dear Baba Ramdev, you remember wearing that Salwar suit while trying to run away from the Ramlila grounds? Now again, I do not doubt your intentions of trying to run away fearing for your life. Your right to live as important to you as my right to live to me. I want to be alive to carry out my responsibilities towards my family. I want to earn enough and secure enough that even when I go, my father, my mother, my wife can live comfortably. My daughter’s education would not be compromised. I buy your theory that you have to live long for the betterment of the Indian nation.
Anna is a genial, as one of my twitter followers Aneesha says, cute. He is a septuagenarian, a father figure. He is a common man, with a legacy of going alone on the right path. Anna has done so much for Ralegaon Siddhi. How many of you knew Anna before this Lokpal agitation? Many knew but comparatively, very few.
He is clean (I don’t mean personal hygiene here), lives a simple life. Infact, doesn’t have an empire for living a lavish lifestyle. He is ONE OF US.
I will not go so far into details because the points made earlier are inversed for Anna.
You know, the main reason for writing this post was not to cash in on the going controversy. The twitter storm in my timeline forced me to pen down my thoughts. He is fighting for Jan Lokpal. First of all, I know, 90% of my readers don’t have a clue about what’s Lokpal so will request you to please read it to understand this movement in totality.
Why irks me is that most of the people supporting Anna on twitter are the ones who download on torrents, buy phones on grey market or buy network locked phones and hack it. These are little things. These are not in line with the way we are supposed to use stuff.
My only point is, walking on the streets in support of Anna will not please him. He would rather expect everyone to do their work. Go to offices, go to colleges, do your bit. Live life responsibly. Pay your taxes, pay for the bills, buy and use things ethically, be honest. I try my best. People would call me a jerk for buying coreplayer for $29.99, Quickoffice for $70, whatever, but it gives me a satisfaction of doing my things right. I declare everything in my income and pay taxes accordingly. This is what is needed at a larger, macro level.
This is what exactly Anna wants. This is what is, which makes him a hit. He doesn’t ask you to come out in his support. People are flocking on their own. As Prasanna says, there will be candlelights for a week and then everyone will forget. Please, do your work and do it right. Anna will not be required to come out on streets. Forget blaming the politicians and do your work. Your being upright will result in a better society, ultimately resulting in better politicians. If they have no one to manipulate, what would they do? They are in power because YOU have sent them in power.
That is all. This will be my first and last post on this subject and anything related to something like this. 🙂