Of all the techniques of protest that have come and gone, starving yourself is one of the most ridiculous ones. Gandhi-enthusiasts may now pelt stones at me in their non-violent way, but this is an infantile way of getting your way. And if you don’t have a Y-chromosome, you might as well forget about it. Look at Irom Sharmila, for example. Fasting since 2000, she has achieved nothing other than occasional admiration from the media and accusations of suicide. For which, she’ll be appearing in court in December 19, 2013.
Even though her techniques are exactly the kind to cause mass excitement, she has two major shortcomings. One, she isn’t an aged man and two, she is from the North-east.
When Anna Hazare decided to go hungry, it took no time for the media and public to gather around him, so that he could rescue them from corruption by throwing a temper tantrum. No one dared to accuse him of attempting suicide because he was fighting for the greater good, wasn’t he? Also, there were overzealous mobs walking all over the place, ready to cause a stampede on anyone who opposed. Let’s not even get started about the number of suicidal attempts by Mohandas Gandhi.
Why we would want to put so much faith in people who are clearly delusional due to their primary motive of hunger not being met, is beyond my understanding.
But hey, they were grown men who clearly work for our welfare. And people actually know the names of the states that they come from. But a woman from Manipur does not require her demands to be met. It’s nice that she’s received all these awards, and she says Gandhi is her idol, but she’s probably just anorexic.