What a day!!! OK not afraid of this female Anna, but the geriatric male Anna…
The morning began with CNN international first headline been ANNA. With a dozy eye I got up thinking it was about Anna Kournikova, or Anna Nicole Smith… Nopes it was our very own Anna Hazare.
Then I saw the morning headlines of different newspapers it was obvious the editors had a long night. The decision on the headlines could be something like, something which Perry White,in Superman or J. Jonah Jameson in Spiderman did on a day-to-day basis. The headline were:
Indian Express: Anna Arrests Government
Times of India: Govt Can’t Stop August Kranti
DNA: Headless UPA Chickens Out
Hindustan Times: Refusing to Leave Jail, Anna holds Government Hostage
The jury is out on who had the best headline but for me it was Indian express.
Anna and his team not only managed to outmaneuver lawyers and Ivy league ministers/advisors (Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard etc.) of the government, he put forth a bigger question on the think-tank and planning system of the government of India.
Maybe like the CWG case in order to get things done quickly the Army should have been called in. (Thank GOD for its independent existence). I shudder at the though if this is the depth of planning we have, then its just flip and flop based on ongoing sentiments. No BACK-UP plan nothing!
I would recommend a course of GAME –THEORY for our leaders. Look at the matrix below which could have been the plan of action recommended …
So there was only Plan A, with the light green boxes. With lawyers in decision making, the idea of precedence would have been taken. A model was set on Baba Ramdev line and they expected to follow it. While GoI could paint a saffron color to that, and public did not actually support Ramdev, the same was not seen in Anna case.
The ability of the public to organize is well known, and this needs to be understood as the major difference between the agitations of the emergency and the current one. During the emergency and independence struggle there was local ground leaders or important personalities, which is lacking in this case. The people now are able to organize themselves without the help of opposition leaders, and this is dangerous trend according to GoI, that there may be a foreign hand.
OK if that’s the line of argument then the Arab spring has a foreign hand everywhere. If there is a foreign hand name it… I wonder if Pakistan or China would do this, to see India a stronger less corrupt country. The spin doctors running show please understand there is a limit… you can fool a educated man but not a self-aware man, and what is going to happen more and more around the world is the people are becoming self-aware. Shouting on the TV channel and showing bathisis (32 teeth) will not help.
In UK it was rioting by ruffians, but here it is educated enmase with family coming out. I agree we are all corrupt in some part, but to be honest who wants to pay a bribe?
Coming back to game theory I would advice our planners And please read the book – Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis by Richards J. Heuer Jrit costing USD44/- in Amazon, this is the link:
In the movie Spiderman, there was this dialogue that with great power comes great responsibility, but our esteemed leader forgot that and bombarded Anna and his team with a barrage of insults and acquisition questioning – who is he, what is his credibility etc.
The only reason I can think for their reaction is how does a heard of cows (that is us), can be guided by someone who isn’t from these political c(r)lass or bloodline. That also without a BIRYANI, and saying he will fast.
It is a well known fact that to gather people for speeches and voting something is giving the victims spectators or voters. Biryani is the favorite and as we saw that Tamil Nadu polls recently how people took benefits from both sides and still voted by their choice. Arey Babu…Public sab janti hai.
For my PM, I want to give the following spell – Corruption-Nasham Leviosa!
OK now we need a magic wand now. One may argue no such thing exists… but I found one, displayed in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm See the following link: http://gardenofthewitch.wordpress.com/category/witches/
Too many lawyers spoil the broth: On the argument that how can Anna can draft a bill as he is a non-parliamentarian, my answer is Jean Dreze a naturalized citizen of India from Belgium origin who assisted in writing about the food bill. If he can help then why not any other from the citizenry, and law works on precedence most time we have one now.
Where are my leaders? Where are the visionaries? Why does the PM need to speak a prepared note (was it faxed)? What we need today is a leader of the stature of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Chanakya together. Imagine if someone is of that breed, no one will mess with us.
RISE UP MY HONOURABLE LEADERS, MPs’, rise up against petty difference. In the end we all go to the same place… so let’s do something worthwhile before going there.
Good night now!
Disclaimer: I don’t know what to disclaimer, if the new IT bill is passed I will be jailed, and my Army Parents would be disappointed at the apathy.