Somesh Arora: Jail bharo, but spare a thought
With a call having been given (as on date of
writing this piece) by Anna and his team to fill the already overflooded jails
of India in support of anti-corruption movement and Lokpal Bill, a thought
crosses my mind. During the earlier days, Jail Bharo movements were mainly
confined to peasantry, village or lower middle class.
All of them had seldom travelled abroad. One of the
times, when after visiting jail for political purpose, Prakash Singh Badal, the present Chief Minister
of Punjab applied for visa of USA, same was refused to him because he had
truthfully declared in his application that he was arrested in his life time.
It needed quite a clarification from his personal staff to convince the Visa
officials that Badal was a respected leader and his arrest was solely for
political reasons. Now, that we have the middle class youth supporting the
movement and many of them are visitors abroad for work or otherwise, it may
need a lot of effort on their part to convince the Visa officials of various
countries that arrest courted by them was for a political cause and was not an
arrest for notoriety.