|Irom Sharmila in Santhi Gramam|
Sixteen years of youth is the price that Irom Sharmila paid for learning the lesson that politics is not meant for idealists. She has reasons to feel disillusioned and dejected. She has reasons to seek shelter in Santhi Gramam in Kerala.
“Politics is dirty by nature,” she learnt the hard way. There’s no place for idealists in politics. The age of the Mahatma and his hunger strikes are fairy tales today. We live in a world of hardcore pragmatism of the kind espoused by none other than Lord Krishna in Kurukshetra. Politics is war. Strategies matter, not idealism.
“Dharma is subtle,” the great idealist can only philosophise. And perish for that Dharma.
Ms Sharmila blamed money power and muscle power. It’s much more than that, dear Ms Sharmila. It’s brain power. And there’s divine power too. There is a whole pantheon of gods involved in this war called politics today in our country. It’s a war to redeem Bharat from all kinds of mlecchas. Money is just one of the many strategies. Each time you hear great concepts like ‘development’ the idealist in you may be reawakened. Development is a strategy too.
Irom Sharmila seems to have understood that. She has decided to quit politics. Right decision. Politics is for those who are “made of sterner stuff.” Mr Sharmila has reached the right place, in the company of Uma Preman of Santhi Gramam. Ms Preman knows how to combine idealism with humane pragmatism. Humane, not Machiavellian politics. And pragmatic, not effete idealism.
Best wishes to you, Ms Sharmila.