My Judgment on the efforts of Anna and his Team working to eradicate corruption

An extract from my autobiographical memoir, On the Loom of Time p. 480 (see the Homepage of www.shivakantjha.org)

‘In my considered view Anna would experience greater odds in course of his struggle to free our society from corruption than what Mahatma Gandhi had experienced to free our country from the British yoke, or what Jayaprakash Narayan had faced in the struggle against Emergency. I cannot commit the folly of comparing Anna with Gandhi, or J.P. But the problems they had faced were easier for many reasons. To some extent, Anna’s movement reminds us of the struggle Jesus had carried on against the powerful Herodian establishment’s ‘evil or oppressive economic power’, and had worked against the unjust social and economic order of the time. The beneficiaries of that corrupt system considered Jesus ‘political’ and ‘social’ rebel (see Chapter 20 of this Memoir) sufficiently dangerous to the persons in power. Anna’s struggle is even more difficult. The gains of corruption are enjoyed by the persons in power, and the corporations who cast their spell on the way we live and think. Anna’s fight against corruption seems to me more difficult than any struggle for any public cause about which we have read in recent history. All the beneficiaries, of ‘corruption’ are bound to flock together from all the spheres to devise strategies and hone their Mephistophelian logic, in protecting their illicit gains. They know how to collapse their differences to promote their secret agenda. But let us see what happens in this land of Krishna and Gandhi, Shivaji and Laxmibai. We believe that, in the end, Dharma is always triumphant, Justice always prevails, and Truth always wins. Our society never lost hope, and it shall never lose it in future.’

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When Parliament runs away from People / When Government runs away from Parliament

An extract from my autobiographical memoir, On the Loom of Time p. 326 (see the Homepage of www.shivakantjha.org)

“I am surprised to think of situations when even parliament is seen to have run away from the people. Noam Chomsky has told us (Hegemony or Survival p.135) how under the US pressure Turkey yielded to ‘comply with Washington’s demands over “overwhelming” popular opposition. Chomsky quotes a Turkish correspondent who had commented:

“A war against Iraq remains deeply unpopular among the Turkish population. That is why Thursday’s parliament session was closed to the public and balloting was secret. Headlines were stinging in their criticism of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party on Friday. The front page of the respected daily Radikal said “the parliament ran away from the people.”

It is amazing that things have come to this pass! I wish such things never happen in our Republic. But a common man has a lot of reasons to apprehend:

(i) that our Parliament ‘ran away’ from our Constitution’s vision of ‘constitutional socialism’ (see Chapter 21);

(ii) that our Parliament ‘ran away’ even from controlling the Executive government which considered its treaty-making power not under constitutional restraints;

(iii) that our Parliament ‘ran away’ from controlling the Executive government which entered into the Indo-US Nuclear Deal creating conditions exposing us to numerous hazards;

(iv) that our Parliament ‘ran away’ from the aam aadami suffering on the wheel of fire wrought by high price rise, and gross corruption;

(v) that our Parliament ‘ran away’ from egalitarianism to promote the worst form of capitalism.

Whenever I think about these issues, tears come to eyes. Did our freedom fighters, did my father, mother and uncle, struggle and suffer for this sort of free India? Did I myself suffer so much to build a society that has thus emerged.”

Please  read the above extract keeping in view our Government’s performance yester night (Nov.29, 2011)  in the Rajya Sabha. Many said, on good reasons, that  ‘ government tonight literally ran away from putting the Lokpal Bill to vote in the Rajya Sabha fearing it would be defeated, while the main opposition BJP alleged that it was all “choreographed” by the government.

Art of Life

Aside

An extract from my autobiographical memoir, On the Loom of Time pp. 3, 33 (see the Homepage of www.shivakantjha.org)

I have felt life just a sparrow’s temporary sojourn in the space we call our world. The imagery of a sparrow’s sojourn is a powerful ‘objective correlative’. to express what human life is. Lord Krishna considers it so (the Bhagavadgita 11.28), and Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone has even called his autobiography A Sparrow’s Flight. I would revisit this profound imagery several times in this Memoir…….

When we reflect over the roots of the Sansarvrikhsa, spreading with branches and leaves luxuriating down below, we are amazed at the sublime creativity of God. Mind goes to the stimulating idea of Prof Gould who said: “Homo sapiens as a tiny, effectively accidental, late-arising twig on an enor­mously arborescent bush of life”. Persons come, spend sometime in the Sansarvriksh and than leave for some unknown abode. The birds come, create their nests, and then they desert them, or see them wither, without qualms. The idea underlying the process is beautifully stated in the Bhagavad-Gita (11.28)

avyaktadini bhutani
vyaktamadhayani  bharata
avyaktanidhananyeva
tatra ka paridevand

[Being are unmanifest in their beginnings, manifest in the middles and unmanifest again in their ends, O Bharata (Arjuna), What is there in this for lamentation?]

It is interesting to note that whilst writing his Ecclesiastical History, the Venerable Bede (672-735) expressed similar ideas thus:

“Such O king, seems to me the present life on earth, as if…………….. on

a winter’s night a sparrow should fly swiftly into the hall and, coming in one door, instantly fly out through another …. Somewhat like this appears the life of man. But of what follows or what went before we are utterly ignorant.”