The Pink Mist
”Don’t vote for Congress”. Roared Anna Hazare. That’s where he lost the plot. I know, I had promised not to post any political news on my blog, but bear with me, it’s not politics that I am writing about here, it’s the Pink Mist.
Pink Mist is a military term. It’s associated with Snipers. When a sniper takes a head shot, the blood appears pink from far. And the Pink Mist is that blood mixed with the smoke coming out of his gun’s muzzle. The Pink Mist gives the sniper a sense of achievement, a proud moment of knowing that you have killed the enemy and done your bit.
I got aware of this term by one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series novels. That was a gripping novel and forgive me for forgetting the name!
The Pink Mist is often used to describe a situation where the person calling the shots ”actually” calls a shot totally unnecessary just so, he or she can see the pink mist and have that gratification.
Anna Hazare and Pink Mist? I know, now you would have started working your brains to get the equation. Please let me explain. It’s a short post, will not take long for me to put my point across.
Indian politics is a big game, rather a big warfare. There’s a lot at stake. Money, egos, stature, power.
Anna Hazare has been a crusader all his life. His weapon of choice has been Anshan. He has, for the majority of his life, taken up local causes. Valid causes, affecting the rural people at large. His body of work is very very impressive. Right from changing the fortunes of Ralegaon Siddhi to Narmada Andolan. His village’s local school to the ouster of three corrupt ministers from Maharashtra Government of yore. He has done it all.
The Jan Lokpal bill catapulted Anna to the national stage. Put him straight in line of fire with the Central Government and the broad theme (mind it, I still believe, the Public support was NOT for Jan Lokpal but Corruption in general) of Corruption got people behind him. India had never seen such humongous support for any individual post the pre-independence movement. The themes were similar. One united people for a common cause of Independence from the British Raj while the other united people against the corruption. Both the issues have violated our basic rights and the angst in people came to the fore. The voice of Anna became the voice of India.
All good. All well. I have faced corruption at every crucial juncture of my life as well. It’s another issue, how I dealt with that.
But the recent war cry brings down Anna from that pedestal which was reserved for an APOLITICAL person. Politics is murky. We often say that you need to get in the mud to clear the muck. You need to get dirty to clean something. This is NOT that.
I do not buy this. Don’t vote for Congress. Why? Whom do we vote for? Congress has seen scams, perpetuated scams and scamsters. But if not Congress, then whom do we vote for? BJP? CPM? Whose linen is clean? Who is pure? Who hasn’t got taint on himself in politics?
Ofcourse, there would be people but we are talking about changing the system. It requires a mass change. A single person with pure image, doing selfless service to people in his constituency is worth hailing but sorry to say, not enough to change the system.
Anna says, I am not political. I am not getting into politics. I am not supporting RSS or BJP. Then why are you pulling the trigger? People listen to you, people look at you with hope. Please do not pull the trigger to see a Congree head roll just because you can and you want to see the Pink Mist. Please give us a definitive solution.
(PS: The views are absolutely personal and do not represent any section of the society or a company or a party.)
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