Gandhiwho opposed British imperial rule in India during the 20th century.
Comment 0 The last four years of the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been marked by various forms of agitations.
One agitation by a group of citizens destroyed public property worth millions of rupees; another group came out to defend the rapist of an eight-year-old child; one came out to defend a fake guru; another came out to lynch members of minority groups; and then there are citizen groups that call themselves senas armies and can practically have their way about anything they take a fancy to.
Rampant violence and aggressive posturing are used as instruments to intimidate civil society, the government, and, almost always, minorities.
The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox They also understand how to manage the media very well. Given how selective and biased the Indian media have been in the last few years, these agitators know that unleashing violence is a sure way of staying in the spotlight.
And, then, one day, a huge group of citizens decided to hit the streets. More than 45, farmers walked more than kilometers on foot. It took them six days in soaring temperatures to traverse through the Maharashtra countryside.
By the time they reached Mumbai, a certain section had branded them as leftists, Marxists, Leninists and criminals with a sinister agenda.
Not a single one of those thousands lost control. No one thought of yelling threats into the camera and putting them on social media.
They had their backs against the wall and were fighting for their basic livelihoods. So what explains this restraint? Why go through so much self-inflicted pain? Why is it that the only photos that went viral were of bleeding feet with soles of their feet peeled off?
The farmers struck a chord with the very people who, the media claimed, would be inconvenienced by the march. It was not just a crowd that did not turn into a mob, it was a crowd that turned bystanders into participants. Another set of photos that came out from the march showed farmers with small solar panels on their heads and plugged into mobile phones in their hands.
A few were smiling. Most of the videos from the march were of elderly women who talked of the immediate threats to their livelihoods without any anger. Where does such resilience come from? How do people go through so much and still not be angry or desperate or vicious? I am not a Gandhian.
I do not even know what that term means. I grew up with the semi-academic contempt for him that many put on display to look more intelligent than they are. This is how magical those marches have been; this is how millions would have cried hearing about their struggles; this is how an arrogant regime must have failed to disrupt the bond that honest, peaceful humans make when they seek justice.
Gandhi has been reduced to a pair of spectacles in India today. So is the site of his cremation. It still needs to put up giant hoardings of Gandhi while destroying everything he stood for.
It still needs his name to call a nation to clean its streets. I am sure an IT cell somewhere would describe Gandhi as the most perfect troll in the Indian political ecosystem.
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