With the issue of corruption hogging limelight in India, in the backdrop of the fight for making the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill a law, and thanks to the fight against corruption by some of the active, and hyper active, crusaders like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev (the most vocal supporters of the bill), it is being claimed by some of the critics that now India is facing Egypt like situation, wherein the famous Tahrir Square Revolution had led to the ouster of the autocratic President of the nation, Hosni Mubarak. For those who came in late, Tahrir Square in Egypt was the nucleus of anti-government protests.
Indeed, corruption is a big issue in India and it needs to be tackled with every possible means. Political and bureaucratic corruption in the country has taken our nation backwards by several years, and a huge amount of black money is stashed away in the many of the tax havens located abroad. Corruption is certainly a major cause of worry for all of us. A 2005 study undertaken by Transparency International in India found that as many as 45% of people had a bitter experience, and they had to cough-up bribes to successfully get jobs done at many public offices of the nation.
Still, it still would not be right to say the nation deserves a Tahrir Square like revolution. The reason being we are not being ruled by a dictator like the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who had curtailed not only the free movement of his people but also free speech, and imposed dictatorship on his people in the worst possible manner. We are a democracy and quite a successful one at that. Here, we are free and have a right to voice our opinion in a democratic way against any issue without any fear. The target of our ire has to listen to our legitimate demands and grievances for fear of being shown the door at the next political elections. We have done this successfully on several occasions in the past.
We don’t need to start a revolution to fight corruption and get anti-corruption bill likes the Lokpal passed. We can do it through constitutional ways also, without shedding the blood of our people, or losing precious lives in the process the way it happened at Egypt’s Tahrir Square. Revolution at that place had claimed several precious lives, and the army had been called in to control the protestors. We don’t have to suffer like those unfortunate protestors. We have better alternatives to get our demands fulfilled. Besides, the situation back home is not that worse.
In short, India, at this stage, is not ripe for a Tahrir Square like revolution. One hopes it remains so in the future as well.