The Lilly Pad Effect.
-Uday Dandavate Last night I was watching an interview of Arwind Kejriwal on Aaj Tak TV channel. The interviewer asked Arwind if he believed in God. Arwind’s response was, “In the past I did not, but now I do.” When asked to explain what he meant, he elaborated, “I was born in a religious family and as a child I did believe in god. When I went away to ITT Kanpur to study engineering, I developed a scientific temperament and as a result did not believe in God anymore. However, since the past two years, after I joined Anna Hazare as a volunteer in the Jan Lok Pal movement, I saw the massive response we received from ordinary people. I was amazed to find that people were coming out in large numbers to collectively fight corruption. That is when I started thinking that there must be a higher power, than the persuasion power of the activists who have been fighting for such causes for a long time- a power that has motivated an entire population to rise in unison. That is why I am beginning to believe that god must exist.” The essence of Kejriwal’s realization lies in the fact that a society resigned to corruption as a way of life, exploitation of the weaker sections of the society as a chronic ailment, and any given up hope of a better future as a worthless exercise, has today risen to collectively follow the path illuminated by their conscience. Though India gained independence from British rule of 200 years, Gandhiji’s dream of grass root level activism and participatory democracy was put on back burner when India embraced the grandiose dreams of top down development, championed by Jawaharlal Nehru. The socialists led by Jayprakash Narayan, Basawan Singh, Achyutrao Patwardhan, Yusuf Meherally, Ram Manohar Lohia and others could see through congress party’s opportunistic program and hollowness of Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision and parted company with the congress