NDTV's Barkha Dutt was shouted down by youth who were holding a candle-light vigil as part of their anti-corruption campaign being led Anna Hazare. Someone videographed it all and placed it on YouTube on the Internet. It was a repulsive sight when educated, urbane, urban youth behave like so-called uneducated mobsters. It seemed there is no difference between the two, and that as a matter of fact the uneducated lot would not have displayed such uncouth behaviour. The poor and the uneducated are generally well-behaved. Not that they are angels in any sense.
But what is depressing is the behviour of the anti-corruption brigade. You can have your differences with Barkha Dutt and you can give expression to it in a civilised way. That is what one expects from the silly English-speaking lot. But it is wrong to do so, it turns out. The wrost elements are to be found among the English-speaking crowd.
Barkha's conversations with Niira Radia is not sufficient proof that she is corrupt. That is what a basic sense of law and justice would suggest to even an unlettered commoner. To raise slogans against her in the manner the crowd at India Gate does not speak well of the people who did it.
We have to give up this mob mentality of jumping to the conclusion without sufficient proof and due process of law. Do not see Barkha's shows but do not misbehave with the person. This is not democracy. This is mobocracy in the classical sense and everyone should be on guard in slipping into that mode. Differ by all means, criticise by all means. But maintain decorum. Do not turn yourselves into hoodlums.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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