” A scholar’s ink last longer than a martyr’s blood” -an Irish Proverb
The above proverb may be partially true if we compare it
to the incidents happening in our country presently.
Yes the sacrifice and bravery of soldiers is forgotten so
soon and easily , but coming to the ink-part ; our common
hurling shoes, throwing ink or chilly powder, or even
slapping the respectable or not so respectable people at
Peaceful demonstrations were the thing of the past, unlike our
defence veterans still sitting on hunger-strike for
It was Mahatma Gandhi who was the pioneer of peaceful
demonstrations and movements which much later were kept alive
by Anna Hazare in his movement, which was supported by many,
including the present Chief Minister of Delhi.
Is it a paradox, that Mr. Kejriwal who was once supporting
peaceful fast-on to-death movement of Anna, if demands not
full-filled , is now himself is facing such intolerant acts of
There have been time-tested ways by public or common man in
expressing their anguish over the system and its flaws. IT has
been going on for ages, earlier it was peaceful and now it
has taken the form of aggression , because there is lack
of tolerance in some cases and in some patience has died
May be hurling shoes, smearing faces with black ink, or even
slapping for that matter has instant result, on the spot
effect and leaves a lasting impact on the receiver.
‘A pen is mightier than a Sword’- this saying has been
proved practically correct now, because the ink thrown from
the pens is generating great media coverage and impact.
Rotten old foot wears are working in accordance with ‘one
arrow , two preys&targets.’ One if it hits the bulls-eye then
the target is achieved.and second
is the stink or the smell of the shoe will irritate the target .
Smearing ink on a media house tycoon, politician, eloped
lovers , a yoga guru or a foreign writer is for sure an
indication of a intolerant society but we have always
followed the West and here we have proved the saying by
Rudyard Kipling othe way round, where he says “East is East , West
is West, and never shall the twain meet.” The trend of
shoe hurling picked up in our country after the much
televised 2008 incident, when an Iraqi reporter threw his
shoe at the US President Mr. George Bush, so why we Desi’s be
left behind, so we not only followed the West blindly , but
also gave many improvisations in this regard with better
versions and increase in frequency of shoe-hurling or
Few years back a Delhi journalist hurled a shoe on the then
Home Minister Mr. Chidambaram at a press conference, to express
his anger .
Later on, the same journalist got ticket from West Delhi by
Aap Party for Lok-Sabha elections.
He was lucky to get unexpected perks, hogging the limelight
and publicity . Many got popular to an extent that Pages on
social networking sites were dedicated on their names with
many fans and likes, not even our Martyrs get such kind of
dedication by their followers. .
But everyone is not so lucky in aping this act , because
many have been jailed for their such antics. Some have been
even labelled as mentally disturbed or with erratic behaviour
and sent to Psychiatrists,
In all this chaos, the actual agenda or problem is never
addressed, the so called hooligans may achieve two minutes of
fame but later on are given the tag of being frustrated and
The most powerful weapon to humiliate someone is, Public
humiliation and it is catching up fast but the end results
of all this is self-destructive. But how can the public or
people be entirely blamed, when we go by precedents and examples set
by some affluent people who indulge in mud-slinging ,
shouting, abusing, heated arguments, throwing mikes in the
Parliament, and even showing their money and muscle power.
Instead of resorting to dangerous acts, it is important to put
our point in much civilized way
, provided our politicians lend us their ears, even after
wining the polls.
Otherwise the history will not be written in ink but with