Jaipur: Kiran Bedi launched a book about the history of the Anna movement called Uprising 2011. She said when she was looking for a history of the freedom movement there were only “mota mota kitabs”. She said this book has stories, reports, even cartoons. It is history “not just to be read” but also to be “seen” – history for the new generation. “Yeh rangeen hai” she said.
She said that the Uprising 2011 sowed the seeds for the second Uprising – the one against violence against women. What we will need now, she said is a third Uprising, in order to force the government to implement the recommendations of the Verma commission.
What is the lesson for Uprising 3 from Uprising 1 and 2?
That it must remain non-political. There is a huge space for a non political mass moKiran Bedivement. The moment a group of us decided to go political it became a completely different thing. That is the lesson for the young people – be strongly nonpolitical, stay strongly non political.
But do you think all change will have to come through uprisings? 1 and 2 and now 3?
Yes for some time we will need uprisings. Because that is the kind of vacuum our political leaders have created. We will have these aandhis. The vacuum is huge. This uprising compelled the government to set up the Verma commission. Now we will need one to implement them.
Ultimately change has to come from politicians willing to enact laws?
You don’t have to become a politician. You can change the politicians. It will come by compulsion. The Justice Verma commission is an example.
But politicians can bury the recommendations of the commission?
No not this time. Things cannot be same any more. There will be PILs. There is no easy escape. People, the youth have found their feet and voice. Police won’t be able to refuse FIRs now they way they used to for example. Courts will be moving faster. There is a Lokpal bill. It has been passed by the select commission. It is up to the media to ask when is the government is going to bring it forward – budget session or monsoon session.
Did the government take you up on your offer to train policemen?
No they did not.