Plagued by corruption, is India ripe for a Tahrir Square like revolution?

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.

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Tags: Iran, Square, Tahrir, baba, corruption, lokpal, ramdev

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Comment by Munna Lal on June 30, 2011 at 12:25pm
Kyon CHALU...bolti band ho gaee ?  Ha...ha..ha...ha  !!!
Comment by Munna Lal on June 30, 2011 at 12:11pm
CHALU, I like your profile photo. You look very NAMKEEN !!! I guess this photo was taken by the photographer on Muradpur chowk  opposite B.N. Collge. The same one who uses suitcase like box camera on a stand on footpath with a backdrop of London, Paris or New York.
Comment by CHALU CHAMAR on June 30, 2011 at 12:01pm
Petu Bhai kon sa SPRING chahiye....size bataeeye....we will import Indian spring from US...Rohini pls help...!!!
Comment by Munna Lal on June 30, 2011 at 11:56am
Yes we do need  an Indian spring like Arab spring. But we are not Arabs. They do things, they don't talk, We are Indians. We only talk, we are not men of action.
Comment by sanjay kumar pandey on June 30, 2011 at 9:26am
Mr Prakash, please feel free to share your views! No need to be over defensive and say things like, "I Prakash Singh taking the total responsibility of what I have written." It's not confession time either. You haven't done anything wrong that you have to confess publicly. You Bihar is a common platform for all concerned Biharis, and even for those who may not necessarily be from Bihar, but who still have something interesting and thought-proving (not necessarily in this order) to share with all.
Comment by sanjay kumar pandey on June 30, 2011 at 9:20am
Rohini, situation is not that dismal.
Comment by sanjay kumar pandey on June 29, 2011 at 4:35pm
Yes, you are right Shalu. Indians are somewhat laid back.
Comment by Shalu Sharma on June 29, 2011 at 4:25pm

I am not sure if there will ever be a Tahrir square style revolution. We have "chalega attitude". As long as we are not personally affected then we don't really care about revolutions. Perhaps that is why the British were able to rule India for 200 years. Who knows. 

Comment by sanjay kumar pandey on June 29, 2011 at 2:52pm
I like your observations, Ragini! They are acidic but very apt.
Comment by Ragini Bhatiya on June 29, 2011 at 2:46pm
USA       -    Hamare Dog football Khelte hai.
Japan     -    Hamare Fish dance karti hai.
China     -    Hamare Hathi cycle chalate hai.
India        -    Hamare GADHE Desh chalate hai.
Chaka de India

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