Who is John Galt? Seems like a very relevant question for current times. More so with all the work one Mr. Kejriwal and his band of common people have been doing for Indian politics currently. It seems that the John Galt of India is hell bent on shrugging off corruption and malpractices in the governance.
Its been long time since I typed few sentences condemning corruption in India. Just didn’t feel that it would be useful. But the very recent events do call for some efforts in composing a few lines. John Galt and his band is on a trip for shopping worthy people to run India. Among the list of dignitaries who have signed on recently are well known names like Captain Gopinath who once made his dream of flying high a reality, Infosys board member V Balakrishana, former RBS India CEO Meera Sanyal, Adarsh Shastri, the grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri who has left his high paying job at Apple just to join this movement. The list is big and ever increasing.
The core members of this band are all well educated and held high positions in their respective workplaces. Yet they chose to leave all that to join this movement. Yes, its not politics. It’s a movement. A movement of the people, for the people, by the people, to reboot the democratic government. These people seem to possess clear thinking about what they are going to do ahead. Their promises don’t sound hollow and illogical. They have shown it in the state of Delhi. They have proved what Ayn Rand said in Atlas Shrugged
“There is no such thing as a lousy job – only lousy men who don’t care to do it.”
The band of common people have decided to shrug off the burden of corruption. They have decided to follow John Galt. The only difference being, Ayn Rand’s John Galt and his band left their town to settle at a location unknown to outsiders whereas our John Galt has decided to stay with his band and change the system.
It won’t be easy Mr. Kejriwal. It won’t be easy. Again as Ayn Rand said “If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.” You are learning quick. Let this good work continue. Support will come. We all were skeptical about your success. But now we know for sure. We have a way out. The John Galt way.
Before I finish, I would quote an interesting para from the same book
“It is a policeman’s duty to retrieve stolen property and return it to its owners. But when robbery becomes the purpose of the law, and the policeman’s duty becomes, not protection, but the plunder of property – then it is an outlaw who has to become a policeman.”