Baba Ramdev’s Fast
According to Bapuji, Satyagrah is a potent non-violent weapon for getting our problems solved. But this weapon should not be used for every problem that could otherwise be solved through consensus, through discussion etc. If the weapon of Satyagrah is used indiscriminately , it could do more harm than good for a cause at hand. Baba Ramdev’s plan of fast from 04 Jun, for solution to corruption and retrieval of black money stashed outside the country is obviously good for the country at large. But his plan and nitty-gritty involved should remain apolitical. For Heaven’s sake, keep the politics away from his espouse causes to seek redressal. Everybody knows what is plagueing Anna Sahib’s Lokpal Bill and why it is not having a smooth sailing. It is being delayed citing one pretext or the other. These delay tactics will hamper the very spirit for which this Bill is being drafted. No interference from any quarter should b brooked. Now Baba Ramdev has spoken against the inclusion of PM and CJI under the ambit of the proposed bill. This, I think, will go against the very spirit and purpose for which Anna Sahib’s stood for. If the same happens to Baba’s crusade i.e. if somebody else acts at cross-purposes, then what will be the ultimate result of his fast. It will go as the previous ones. The actual subject will be forgotten and new things will creep up thus diluting everything that is gained. Time has come when we should cement our support base for fighting corruption, nepotism and devise ways how to retrieve the black money that is deposited out of our motherland. Downgrading or downsizing others by picking holes in their proposal(s) will hardly help the espoused cause(s) at hand but will give others leeway to put more spanners in the way for smooth solutions at hand. We should, therefore, work unitedly because our chief aim is to fight corruption and make our society feel proud in our rich traditions and culture. Hurdles, if there are, can be ironed out through dialogue and discussions. Positive outcome of any fast or Satyagrah can only accrue when the same is being done with sincerity and no for publicity. God may help this cause not to be swept under the carpet by the vested interests but may bear fruit ultimately for good of all of us. Be He bestow immense courage and fortitude to the Baba for his noble cause.