You may have guessed I’m not a fan of this Lokpal idiocy. The thought behind it is admirable but then idealism without factoring in practical realities won’t lead to anything useful. The very idea of an all-powerful extra-constitutional body is silly. But what’s the solution, you ask? This post by Acorn comprehensively outlines why systemic change is going to take time, why existing institutions have to be strengthened and why the Lokpal isn’t going to help usher in change.
Knee-jerk reactions are characteristic of an empty clamor for change. The current system doesn’t work so let’s change it. Anna Hazare’s clever media strategies have ensured the Lokpal has become a predominant symbol of people power. Junta swag.
A Lokphallic symbol, if you please.
This reminds me of the Emperor’s New Clothes. The restless, dissatisfied Emperor hankers for the best clothes. Ornate, bejeweled, dazzling garments representative of his status. He wants change. CHANGE, CHANGE, HIS KINGDOM FOR A CHANGE. But there aren’t any. Not immediately anyway. So he’s fooled into shedding his old garb, something which may not have been the most comfortable but which kept him warm all these years. He’s fooled into believing his new clothes are befitting of his status and their magnificence will make his detractors tremble. But they see him for how he is – naked. Naked and foolish.
Change, change, our kingdom for a change. That is exactly what we’ll be giving up.