It had become the order of the day for people all around the world to protest or agitate to exhibit their displeasure on some issues. In a free country, everyone has the right to raise their voice against injustice. More than often this agitation brings out a positive response and people are satisfied.
People have become conscious of their fundamental rights in our country too and had started to rebel when they are met with injustice. As our country is too vast almost every day there is some agitation at some part. There are various types of agitation. There is peaceful march with candles, people going around doing their usual job wearing a black band, people sitting on hunger strike opposite some government offices, or people gathering in large number and make a march through the town are some of them.
Now we are analysing this type of agitation where people gather in large number at one spot or march through the town. As the person who calls for the agitation believes only in the number of supporters, they try to pool large number as many as possible men as supporters. This is where the person calling for the agitation or even the very purpose of agitation loses its motive.
When a large number of humanity is pooled it is a known factor that people are hired for payment. The sad fact is when a huge mass of people are shouting slogans and waving their flags, ask any one of them a few questions about the reason for their agitation!. One will be shocked. The one man who is shouting for a river issue may not even know where the river flows. Without any doubt, this is the best chance for the criminal elements to grease their palm or pull down a government. It starts with a few stone pelting, then burning of a few vehicles then all the criminal elements are let loose like wild animals on the loose. This is the chance for which they had joined the agitation and it is the chance for them to loot shops to fill their pockets. Is it ever possible for the leaders of these agitation to point out the faces as to who indulged in violence and destroyed the public properties? Who is going to pay for the loss of life and property of the innocent public who were caught in between this agitation? Finally, when the police are compelled to control the mob to save lives and property from these unruly crowd they start lathi charge or in extreme cases open firing. Then the media is quick to come out with crocodile tears blaming the police for violence and the whole country is against the police who were only trying to control the violence and restore order in the society..
The ugly truth is many times the agitation is a vested interest in a particular group or some political parties. A college student could have committed suicide because he was not able to cope up with the high standard of education. But the whole university and the town went into a fire for days together calling the death as a victimisation of a particular sect. Few loss of lives due to the blunder of any single person is instantly coloured by the name of Cast and sect and immediately violence breaks out in that area.
It is true that there are genuine causes of grievances like the insurance allotted to farmers had not reached them or the insurance for the treatment of the poor had not been implemented. In such cases, a few leader representatives should take up the case and publicise the case in the Media. A selected number of them can have a peaceful march against the authorities who had erred them. But the moment anyone believes in numbers and accumulates people they will definitely lose their point and the public sympathy. Just imagine the irony of a group, protesting for a waiver of their pending loan due to their utter poverty— then from where do they get so many funds to make a million flags, shirts, caps and even petrol for their vehicles? Has anyone thought about this folly?
We are not against an agitation and people raising their voice against injustice. The agitation should not turn violent at any point or hurt innocent people or destroy the public property. Hence it is time that Government thinks seriously about this.
To begin with, they can draw out some guidelines for the protest. It should be made compulsory that The party which wants to make an agitation should give in writing the reason, the day and time of protest the names of every individual who are going to participate and the place where they are going to protest. This way the citizens will be prepared and they can avoid the spot of agitation. The public won’t suffer having caught up in a traffic jam for hours. Secondly, since every individual’s names are given in writing, no one will dare to indulge in violence. The party calling for the protest cannot hire people nor the criminals would dare to enter the group. There will be no violence and large police force energy and time will not be wasted.
Nothing is impossible. The political parties with a vested interest are the root cause of almost all protest and violence, it is high time that that government and we the common man start thinking about this seriously.