During all these protests, I analyzed some things about the protesters who willingly/unwillingly take part in these protests. These protesters come from every part of India to gather at a place where the protest is going on. Some of them paint the tricolour on their bodies, some have the pale yellow faces, some have no idea whatsoever about what’s going on and hence the blue question marks on their faces never fail to attract my attention.
The first class includes the protesters who are keen to join any protest no matter what the issue is. They care more about the protests than the issues. I call them freelance protesters. Arvind Kejriwal and Baba Ramdev fall in this category. Also these big crowd-catchy protesters visit the place with a huge amount of followers who shout whatever their leaders are shouting. To THINK before supporting them is not their cup of tea. “Tum aage badho hum tumhare sath hain” is their favourite slogan. Wo aage chahe desh ko gaddhe mein hi kyun na le jaayein! They follow them like sheep follow their shepherds. A lot of these were seen during the Anna movement.
Then there are the high urban class protesters. They belong to rich families and come in cars. 1 out of 10 from this class is there to support the cause. Rest have come just because it was Sunday and there was no other place to go. Deep down there is one more reason that “Chalo bhai Sharmaji Vermaji bhi gaye hain, hum nahi jaayenge to society wale kya sochenge!” Ironically, Vermaji visits the place because they think ki Sharmaji gaye hai to hum bhi jaayenge. And Sharmaji is the “1 out of 10” that I was talking about. So 100 people now, 100 cars, parking space occupied and how many of them are protesting? Stop counting. There aren’t many.
Then comes this category of student protesters. They are the most enthusiastic protesters you will ever see. They come in large groups with witty and innovative slogans in their hands. Most of them are really there to support the cause. A very few are there to analyze what is happening, more like they have visited the place just to see what’s going on. They have no interest in the cause and pass derogatory and demotivating comments like “kuch nahi hone wala boss, ye India hai!” or “ye to ek yahan bhookha jaanboojh ke baitha hai pata nahi poore India mein kitne bhookhe sad rahe hai.” All of the other guys always have this urge to slap this kind of guys but they don’t because they will defend themselves by saying that “we are free to have our own opinion”. Yes, they are free to have an opinion. Just an opinion. This kind of people will later become politicians. Also there are some groups who think that protests have become a trend in Facebook. They click photographs with candles in their hands, with the poses of salute and with funny banners. You are not looking cool, Sir. You are looking like a FOOL. Get over your Facebook already.
Then we have this cheap category of cheap boys who are there to ogle at and harass girls. I just heard of this recent incident that when people were protesting against a rape case at India Gate, a girl filed a complaint against four boys who were trying to harass her. Irony is not the word here. No word can justify this cheap act by those cheapsters. So yes, these protesters are the worst we can ever see in any protest.
The next elite class is of our celebrities. Be it Bollywood actors/business tycoons/spiritual gurus, all of them come for one or two hours to support the cause. They think that this will make a difference. No sir. This won’t. Instead when the police will be busy protecting you, the protest may turn violent due to less security. Either come for a whole day or just show your support on Twitter. That’s enough. We will retweet it.
The next class belongs to the provoking protesters. These protesters often belong to some or the other political party. They provoke the other people for violence by doing the same. Nothing can be said about this shameful class. Dudes and dodos, have some shame. It’s your country too. Stop this shit. Or someday you yourself might get beaten up.
Then there is this last class of protesters. People like ME. We are there to support the cause as well as we will be observing every situation closely. Our class includes writers, photographers and painters. Just kidding. No such class exists. We visit the place once. Just ONCE.
Indeed. I don’t know what this country is coming to. But in the end instead of making a bheed for the sake of it, if all of us unite for a good cause, it will bring a CHANGE. India needs a change and we have to bring it. Take the responsibility. Be the change you want to see. Protest with passion. With enthusiasm. Or sit inside quilts and do blogging! 😛