alok jain writes about satyagraha in today’s hindustan times.
Gandhi’s notion of Satyagraha is a synthesis of ‘method of action’ and ‘method of enquiry’. Both work simultaneously and, in the process, affect the course of action according to this dialectical method. A satyagrahi, by instinct, functions in a dialogic, open mindset. He tries his best to combat the bias of his adversary but also tries to ‘un-bias’ himself from any ill-judgement. In Duragraha, the element of ‘stubborn resistance’ and ‘fixed prejudgment’ is a dominant factor. A duragrahi takes it for granted that what he insists on is the Truth. An element of fanaticism and cynicism is also inherent in his behaviour.
the first thing that anna hazare should do, is define his method and approach, rather than adopt an available term that quite does not fit the description of his actions.
after he has been able to define his method, which is not satyagraha (as we see above), in the sense that gandhiji meant it, he should make the effort to distance himself from satyagraha, even if the media calls it that.
that, he owes it his leader, role-model and inspiration.
finally, he should contemplate the the impact of his method on the future of this country. he has captured the imagination of the youth on an issue that is critical and important for the development of this nation. while the issue that he has chosen to tackle is by no means trivial, the implications – especially if the democratic system falls to its knees – will prove to be disastrous. the next generation that will manage and rule this country may take a wrong lesson about the approach to problem-solving.
that, he owes to the country.