before deriding Anna Hazare's movement as undemocratic and dangerous, two adjectives that appear time and again in criticism against Jantar Mantar, it is important to assess how undemocratic and dangerous India's administrative failures have become…
Of course Jantar Mantar was a circus. Of course it bypassed the democratic process. Of course it was cleverly positioned during a lull in 24×7 news events. But do consider that the cosy, corrupt system challenged by the jamboree is itself a daily circus that undermines and bypasses the democratic process…
We condone criminal violations of the law and Constitution, wink and laugh at them or simply don't care because at the end of the day we smirk and say, "We are like this only". India's ruling classes, comfortable with the status quo, are supremely isolated from its administrative anarchy. So, Jantar Mantar felt like anarchy to them. So, they criticise endlessly instead of pushing for real, urgent change.
(Salil Tripathi gives it to Bob Dylan in his own verse)
How many parents must tell their kids, to look down, not to ask, and keep mum? How many teachers must tell students, that obedience trumps freedom? How many countries would jail a monk, for saying om mani padme hum?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind.
How many farmers will lose their land, so princelings can play in the wild? How many mums will let their girls die, because a son must be the only child? How can Bob raise a toast and say ganbei, with men who are so quick to get riled?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind…
How many years can a mountain exist, before it is washed to the sea? How many years can some people exist, before they’re allowed to be free? And how many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind,the answer is blowing in the wind.