It is now an established fact that the general public of India is more than rushed to eradicate the evils of social as well as the political domain. The participation of the youth, along with members from every sphere of the society in the movement of social activist, Anna Hazare, reflected the passion and willingness to overcome the deficiencies of our democracy. Any society would be blessed to have activists such as Mahatma Gandhi, Medha Patkar, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, and of course the mother of India, Mother Teresa.
Does the society
gain with the presence of activists? What Mother Teresa delivered is
even acknowledged at the global level, the impact of Anna Hazare’s
movement transformed the viewpoints of our rigid political leaders,
and Kiran Bedi lives as an ideal to millions. Surely, activists are
the voice of those who are either too busy, too restless, or often
scared to come forward and demand social justice. Though our
political representatives are the ones we choose for the betterment
of our society, they often dis-remember this task.
Let us move forward
now and analyze what good can the activists bring to the society in
case bestowed upon with the task of administration. In recent times,
the political sphere of India
has been too busy accommodating new
entrants who have moved a step ahead and have hopped over from being
an activist to a politician.
rise of the newly formed political group in the state elections of
Delhi proved the zeal of the general public to bring in real reforms.
Nothing much, however, was gained. The party has subsequently
diverged from the route of bringing in reforms to a path that leads
to conquering numbers without worrying about the principles
sacrificed and dishonest measures adopted to accomplish the target. A
question thus strikes, ‘Can an activist be a capable
The pages of history
can be turned to locate the answer to this tough question. Mahatma
Gandhi was the key force behind the eviction of the East India
Company from India. This great personality united the dispersed
thoughts and people of the nation, and created a milieu wherein the
British were left with no other option than to vacate.
Gandhi was a role
model of communal unity and harmony. Until his last breath, he
advocated to make India
a nation wherein diverse castes and religions
can be accommodated with peace. Post the day when India
to be a free state, the role of Gandhi transformed from an activist
to a bureaucrat.
Be it the inclusion
of the controversial Article 370 in the Constitution of India to
which Dr. Ambedkar had never agreed to; monetary grants to Pakistan;
the milieu and mass killing at the time of or after the partition; or
the unproductive decision of appointing Nehru as the face of
Congress, Gandhi’s visionary capabilities can surely be challenged.
Though he wanted
India and Pakistan to be home to both Hindus and Muslims, he failed
to foresee the eviction of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir and the
merciless torture of Hindus in Pakistan.
A sneak peak at the
contributions of those activists is necessary who, though influenced
the nation with their works, stayed away from active politics. Two
deserving names include Jai Prakash Narayan, the originator of J P
Movement against the misdeeds of Bihar government and eventually the
union government, and Ram Manohar Lohia, the leader whose ideology
has been adopted by numerous political parties, however is rarely
Vital to note, Kiran
Bedi was lured to become a part of the AAP on the grounds that post
the outcomes of the polls, she would be the one administrating the
state of Delhi as CM, which, she never assented to.
about the welfare of the society and being an administrator of a
state are two distinctive equations. The alike incident was witnessed
when the CM of Delhi resorted to walkout rather than resolving the
basic concerns of water and power. To be a ruler, the courage to
withstand tough circumstances and the vision to interpret future
outcomes are the prime requisites.
demands sacrifices and diplomacy too. Remember, more the constituents
and multiple the communities, more complicated it is to uphold the
unity at all times. Shall we then not conclude to the fact that
activists who do not have anything to lose become vulnerable to
sacrifice morals so as to get hold of power once they aspire to
become politicians. The general public, too, realizes this fact,
which in turn lessens the faith.
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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.