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Published on October 24th, 2012


Hate. Tweet. Rinse. Repeat.

A Mumbaikar writes about the malaise that grips us all – of having a contrary, angry opinion, whatever the situation.
by Jatin Sharma

India is rising but the people in India are lying still. All of us are intoxicated by social networking sites. Any event or incident that becomes news, pressurises each one of us to update our Facebook statuses or tweets. And this pressure has given an impetus to a generation that is like a headless chicken walking on the roads.

Take the case of Arvind Kejriwal. In the entire fracas after he declared his political intentions, what became evident was that we all have started to hate common logic. There is no doubt that Arvind Kejriwal single-handedly took charge to expose different politicians; but there is also ample proof to suggest that people have completely developed a puzzling mindset – that of hating everything that is happening around them.

The moment Kejriwal entered politics by forming a political party, people started talking about how all the dharnas and all the fasts he undertook were under the pretext of gaining political mileage.

But I have a few questions for these ‘thinkers’:

Aren’t the politicians of the country supposed to do the same?

Aren’t the leaders of this country supposed to question and expose the ill-doing of other leaders?

And wouldn’t we like a leader who could make others fear their wrongdoings?

So what did he do wrong by attempting to expose corruption with evidence? Whether he has a political ambition or not is irrelevant. For once, corrupt politicians are feeling the heat. For once, they are being questioned. When was the last time in your memory that you saw this happen in the political sphere?

And another thing: what did we do when he stood as a common man with Anna Hazare? Supported him with a few tweets and a few status updates, and counted how many retweets and likes we got!

I suppose Arvind Kejriwal also understands that to bring about any change, he will need to change his strategy. Without political power, he will just end up as one of those several voices that are muted by the powerful. Whatever his intention may be, or whatever the name of the poster boy is, Kejriwal or something else, for once India should stand up for the greater good.

We can find good leaders only when we can become good followers.  We can become good followers only when we act as per a situation and not according to what people want us to think.

 Jatin Sharma 26, works in the media and doesn’t want to grow up, because he thinks that growing up means becoming like everyone else.

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4 Responses to Hate. Tweet. Rinse. Repeat.

  1. Kaveri says:

    Very true!
    Love the flow.Well woven in words.
    Cheers Jatin!

    • Bhudz says:

      he will talk to the yoga guru as at this juncture, it is imapntort to take the country together to fight corruption. I will request him (Ramdev) not to think like that. We will all take the country ahead together. There is love for the country inside him. I will tell him not to think of a person or individual and only keep the country in mind, the 73-year-old activist said here when asked why former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was not included as a committee member. Hazare said, I will request him, I will touch his feet telling him that we should do this for the country. To form the draft, it is imapntort to have understanding of the law and experts are needed for it.The committee is just for two months . Key activist Arvind Kejriwal, who has been nominated as a member of the committee, and Bedi said the issue was not about individuals but that of a strong legislation being drafted by it. Kejriwal, a former IRS officer-turned activist, said last night he had talked to Ramdev and the misunderstanding has been cleared. Bedi, who has been urging the media to give as much coverage to Hazare s campaign as they did during the Cricket World Cup, said she did not want to be part of the panel at all and wanted the experts to do their job. This is an A-plus team. Only those people can be part of this committee who know the government s functioning and can help in making a law that will look into all aspects of fighting large-scale corruption , Bedi said. Hazare said that even he had initially refused to be part of the drafting panel as it was imapntort to have an effective bill. Who should be part of it and who should stay out are not imapntort matters. This will be of importance at a later stage , he explained. Noted lawyer Shanti Bhushan said that his son Prashant had himself raised the issue of the two being part of the same committee but maintained it was Hazare who felt that they as experts needed to be part of it. Ramdev, who had joined the agitation, had objected to the inclusion of the Bhushans in the committee, alleging it showed nepotism. Why is there nepotism in the committee? Why both father and son are accommodated in the committee? Ramdev had asked. .Written by

  2. Reagan says:

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  3. Punk says:

    all Indian who support anna haazry should support kiran bedi to whom gov will try to targeting by vande matram issue with a Muslims women in ramlila ground any Hindu if have doubt about this must research what is the truth. Gov and corrupt and communal parities want to break our unity which we made through anna haazry and its teams by the war against corruption movement look dr zakir naik great Indian scholar on vande mat ram issue and clear your doubt and keep country in unity and

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