Our films on underworld vividly depict how the whistle blower hero is tortured, his mother killed and sister raped. But in the end, our hero wipes out all traces of the bad guys. Now, what do you think is the moral of this story? “Good always wins over Evil”, right? Not really!

The real message which these films drill down very firmly in all Indian minds is that if you go against these power brokers, you and your family will be wiped out. While the sufferings of the hero and his family depicted in the films look very real, the way the hero finally wins through super human heroics is most unrealistic and impractical. So the clever Indian mind has got the message loud and clear etched on stone – “Do not ever interfere with the goondas”.

These films have created a deep seated fear of the underworld. They have nicely conditioned us to firmly believe that if you act against these power brokers, goonda elements will finish you and your family. They have conditioned the Indian to accept goondaism as a way of life and never to raise his or her voice for any wrongdoing. The fear of goonda elements has thus been drilled deeply into the Indian psyche. The real life stories that we hear about whistle blowers like Satyendra Dubey, IIT-Kanpur engineer, and S Manjunath of IIM Lucknow only help to reinforce our fear of  goondaism.

We have seen the angry response of all politicians against Arvind Kejriwal, particularly Salman Khursheed and Renuka Choudhary on TV. (The background against which this article was written in 2012 is given at the bottom of this article under ‘”Background”)

When you hear a story of a common man raising his voice against the powerful and corrupt, what is the first thing which comes to your mind that can happen next? Rightly or wrongly, the only thing that strikes an Indian mind is retaliation by the political heavyweights using goondas. The thought of someone knocking the doors of judiciary will not even cross an Indian mind. I am sure most of us must have consciously and subconsciously thought that Kejriwal’s life can be in danger. Ask yourself, “Why did your mind immediately think of goondas in this case?”. It is that same Indian conditioning.

Goondaism – Direct Result of Corruption

Corruption and goondaism go hand in hand. Where there is corruption, there cannot be justice. Where there is no justice, goondas are engaged to provide “justice-by-your-whims-and-fancies”.

Put your hand on your heart, close your eyes and ask yourself – what is the first thing which comes to your mind when you ever think of raising your voice against a corrupt official? You will realize that it is the  fear of the goonda elements that stops you from acting. We have become very subservient and servile because of this subconscious fear. That’s our strong mental conditioning. The corrupt and the goondas have a very symbiotic relationship. So remember that when you fight corruption, you are actually fighting goondaism. 

None of us can fight goonda elements alone. They have to be fought collectively by the people of India. You may not feel very strongly about fighting corruption, but you cannot deny that you are suffering because of the Goonda raj. Unfortunately, we are all sleeping.

There are strong arguments mainly from purists who say that each individual has to change to root out corruption, since each one of us is involved. The argument is correct, but impracticable.  You cannot fight corruption alone. just as you cannot fight goonda elements alone. You cannot survive by being different in a system which is corrupt.There is a time when, in saner moments, we need to admit that we cannot continue the way we are going, and together resolve to change. It has to be a collective decision and people’s movement.

We Indians are Conditioned to Live a Life of Fear and Misery

We may not be aware, but we are actually conditioned to living a life of constant subconscious fear and a life of misery because of corruption. Life of fear because we have suppressed our natural selves due to fear of goonda elements and submitted to the tyranny of powerful babu’s and politicians much against our wish. Life of Misery because we have tuned ourselves to live in this world of corruption and bribery which we intrinsically do not like but have accepted as a way of life. In fact we have started getting addicted to this life where you pay a small bribe and get away from small offenses, or get small favours. We think we cannot live without it. (See more thoughts added later in the section titled “Epilogue” below)

We are being Penny-wise and Pound-foolish

We are actually being penny wise and pound foolish. We think we are saving on some small penalties by giving bribes, but do not realize how badly we are losing and how we have made life miserable for ourselves by accepting corruption as a way of our life. Think of the money you spend on your vehicles because of bad roads, think of the money you spend on fuel for your cars, on taxis, autorickshaws because public transport is not good. Think of the money you pay to private doctors and hospitals because government health services are no good, think of the money you dole out as donations to schools and colleges because the government education is not good. Leave alone the miserable life that you lead because of improper facilities and infrastructure around you. We are paying a huge price by being penny wise.

People’s Movement – Time to Wake up

There are allegations that Kejriwal’s group is doing all this for cheap publicity. I dare anybody if he can risk his and his family’s life to this extent for cheap publicity.

I think they are doing all this to awaken us Indians. It is extremely difficult to change any conditioning since it needs a mindset change. And this group is trying hard to do just that. Since the war has to be fought collectively by the people of India, they are frantically trying to awaken the people of India by doing what ignorant opponents call ‘nautanki’, drama and publicity stunts. But unfortunately, you need more than ‘nautanki’ to arouse the reluctant Indians. We Indians need to be shaken up. It is time that we wake up and support them.

All of us know that we will not at all be surprised if all his allegations against the corrupt ministers turn out to be true. We fully well know that such corrupt practices are common in India, almost everywhere where funds are involved. We are not at all surprised.

Does any of us have the guts to face such angry response from such powerful people? We are living with the fear of goondaism. That is our conditioning. It is high time that we wake up and whole heartedly support some bold and brave souls who are ready to risk their lives for us. If we still doubt their intentions, we Indians will deserve the corrupt system that we have, we will deserve to live in misery.

I request all of you to share this. You may counter-argue if you do not agree. But do not just sit quiet and let this opportunity pass. The iron is hot, it is now or never. To start with, all I invite you to do is give verbal and moral support by sharing this with as many people as possible. Only when all of us raise a common voice, can things change. And now we have powerful social media where we can raise our voice without stepping out to the streets.

We have already lost one opportunity when the masses had risen to Anna’s voice. Let’s not allow this one to pass.