Jun 3, 2011

Shouldn't Ramdev be Force-Fed ?

For a news-hungry media deprived of anything new in the post-IPL season, Baba Ramdev is set to give some good entertainment. All of us are fed up with corruption stories to varying extents. Whether it is the enormity of crores in the 2G scam or black money laundering, we have to agree with the fact that this needs to be curbed. However, Ramdev's demands are far fetched to be addressed even in a totalitarian regime, forget a liberal democracy like ours. These include pulling out 500/- & 1000/- notes, capital punishment for the corrupt & so on..

More than Ramdev's histrionics, the troublesome aspect is the authoritarian attitude creeping into ordinary people and the overdrive of emotions crowding any iota of logical thinking. The idea that an individual who has made his mark in Yoga can reform a parliamentary democracy with his absurd ideas is as preposterous as thinking Sachin Tendulkar can elevate Indian football to World Cup soccer level  because he's God of Cricket.

There is this term - 'Politiea' that was coined by Aristotle, Cicero & Plato in their works in different senses. Politiea is basically mixing up both Oligarchy & Democracy. i.e, restricting the right to vote to a set of people who would in the ideal sense, use their right to vote to elect the best possible rulers. Democracy / Universal franchise is derived out of that assuming that everyone would use their right to vote in the best possible way. A democracy in which people base their decisions on plain emotions or are swayed by unrealistic promises would lead to anarchy.. And if this Ramdev show is allowed to go on for a while, I fear that will happen in India..  To the best interest of the nation, I believe this guy should be force-fed and told to do what he knows best - Yoga

For a more insightful article on this, read http://www.indianexpress.com/news/playing-fast-and-loose/798740/


Flyaway Mind said...

good insightful post on ramdev baba n previous post on lokpal.good lnks!!!

akash said...

Your attitude is that of an elitist. Ramdev has every right to do what he wants. So what if he is a yogi, he has a right to be in politics, more so than the Gandhis who are absolutely corrupt and have no experience to speak of yet, claim to be leaders.