I was reflecting on what is happening in our country, and I realized that I rely a lot on Twitter to get a quick sense of what people think, what they are up to. I find links to explore further, I find great minds being candidly honest, which is a tremendous sharing of ideas. Yes, I also find the devils advocates and doubters and pure slanderers…. but that is also our reality. It is intersting to watch how a good idea gets lifted with retweets and reaches more people.
At the time of Anna Hazare’s fast, “Hazare” was trending worldwide. ALL the tweets in India were related with the Lokpal Bill except “IPL”, but following the IPL thread, you could see that it was the IPL in the context of the Lokpal Bill mostly. Wow! It was a reflection of what was happening in a society. A true democracy, where a good idea floated its way to the top through people’s support in the form of tweets.
Much like we saw playing out in real life.
I compared that with our government and our usual state of being. totally devoid of energy. A vaccuum in which the powerful play to their advantate. It was like a social site with no users. Where any idea can hit the top, even spam, simply because there is no one else. But that idea has few supporters. Its like going out jogging and calling it winning the race of one participant. No vibrance, only uncontested nonsense or shares of a few people who contribute.
The sheer energy of Twitter where all have a voice and all have a vote is difficult to duplicate in real life over every matter, but during the Jan Lokpal movement, it was fascinating to come alive when it mattered.
It was a time when there is frustration with the government in many countries around the world. Some are subdued and quiet in the name of civilizations, others are up in bloody revolts. A part of me was watching those tweets about a revolution in India, wondering which side our vote would fall.
It didn’t fall. It rose. It rose about the circumstances. It rose to address the wrong without violence and bloodshed and destabilization. It walked the path of Satyagraha, and inisisted on what was right being done. No more, no less.
I am humbled and awed to be a part of this movement, wherever it leads. I’ve packed my bags and joined the caravan and the journey is the destination.
The other thing about Twitter is that it is addictive. I am hoping that we get infected by this addiction too. Rather than the Jan Lokpal movement being a one off thing, I hope we readily raise our voice to support our countrys needs as often as needed. For whatever we believe in. Who knows, with one voice raised, and others joining it, it can be “retweeted” across the country to trend and cause change? Or, it can fizzle out, but that voice still gets its say. It still gets listened to, knows its not alone.
So, here is what I wish for our country. Let us find our voice. In these powerful, short messages, let us make and listen to our world so enthusiastically, that we can see our history being written as it unfolds.