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Of Baba and Anna – A Story of Fast Blackmails! June 19, 2011

Posted by Ankit Poddar in Serious Rant.
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Now, they were protesting for different reasons and their following (on twitter, at the very least) was different, but their means to blackmail a government which is immune to all people’s suffering was the same. The Indefinite Fast.

There are people in India who go hungry for weeks on end. Not because of choice, not because they are protesting against any government body, but simply because they have no food to eat. The number of malnourished children in India is higher than in Sub – Saharan Africa and if that isn’t telling you anything, than may be some figures would – One in Every Three Malnourished Children in the World is in India. More than 46% of children in India below the age of three are too small for their age. And mind you, this isn’t  a statistic of shining India. It is a statistic of government apathy towards a country that has shown every zeal to progress.

So, what is it about the Babas and Annas of this country, whose indefinite fasts wake up the government, while years of malnourished children do not have the same effect?

The Babas and Annas of this country are good at blackmailing the government. I hope while reading this piece, you are not under any illusion that I support the government. My statements on government apathy above, I hope, have cleared any such illusions.

The Babas and Annas are followed by millions of morons in this country. If you were to open your timelines on Twitter on the morning after the Baba was arrested, or the day Anna went on his fast, you would get an inkling of what I am talking about. And when I say twitter, I am talking about very few, privileged and educated portion of the society and country we live in. And if these the Babas and Annas have the effect on these few, imagine the impact they have on the herd conscious, seldom educated, poor of this country!

This is why the Government wakes up when these well fed, well nourished Babas and Annas go on Fasts. Because they are millions of morons following their histronics. This is why the Government does not wake up to Malnourishment in India, because there is not even one to report on their  plight.

The fault is ours, and ours alone. We give in to blackmail and we forget to look at the light. And this light, at the end of the tunnel is not of a bright future, but of a train running at full speed coming towards us to crush us of all senses, of all future!

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