Sunday, August 28, 2011

No More Corruption But No More Hunger Strikes Anywhere, Please

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The brushstroke by Iida Kazuko Sensei

Don’t you think hunger-strike is outmoded style of protest?

No, it’s highly effective. Peaceful method is better than violent one. We are peaceful people.

If we starve ourselves, we’ll die. No one in the great tsunami survived after three days in cold without food. Is he okay?

He sprints like a young man after four days of fasting. He is 74. He is not an ordinary man.

If he died young, he would be unable to lead this important anti-corruption movement. Don’t you worry about his health?

If he died, the masses become violent.

That will prove the people are violent.

No, that won’t happen. Only a few can do this.

Do those few live only in your country?


If we want corruption to stop, we have to remain honest, don’t you agree?

Hunger Strike is peaceful mean. Not like Libya.


It’s non-violence.

I think hunger strike and bribe are similar at the root. They both threaten.

There is a need of a change in the system. When we face a huge social problem, a drastic measure can be employed. This is a case in point. People think he is a saint.

If he were a saint, don’t you worry a lot about his health?

When fasting is combined with spiritual power it strengthens rather than weaken.

You mean he becomes stronger as he gets hungrier?

Yes! And people become hungrier for a huge social change!! People become POWERFUL!!!

Don’t you worry about his health?


keiko amano said...

After I reseached about hunger strikes on the web, I became sick. So many people have attempted and so many became sick or died. This post is the result of this small reseach and also innspired from Ashok's post and our comments. This post is fiction.

Paulo Duarte - Escultor said...

Beautiful moments of luck Blog.
Ao percorrer este percurso pelo teu Blogue exalta-me Belos momentos de criação e conceptualidade.
Até Sempre

keiko amano said...


Thank you very much for your encouragement! I wish I speak Portuguese.

keiko amano said...

Please see more discussion at the comment section as below.

Ashok said...

Beautiful post Keiko.

Wonder why you think so much about fasting. It is not all that bad. Try it for a day. It is a wonderful toner for the system :-)

Ashok said...

I checked the redroom too Keiko/ Lot more there. I am glad my post sparked so much discussion.

Ashok said...

Wonder where the world had been though if Jesus and Buddha had followed your and Farzanas advice and not fasted to enable their preaching???

keiko amano said...


I'm not talking about one day fasting, but I'm sure you understand that.

Also, I appreciate ancestors and history, but this is 21st century. This, too, I know you understand.

The other day after the strike was over, I was at the bus stop going home and also a couple from Calcutta was there. The bus didn’t come. We waited for the same bus for 40 minutes. We both gave up and ended up sharing the same cab. I asked them about the strike. He said it was already over. So, I asked them what they thought about it. After a long moment, the woman said, “India is like that.” Her voice sounded as if she had given up something. The man didn’t say anything, so she said something in Hindi. He said, “Oh, that was good,” a moment later. The cab stopped, and the meter showed $6.50. He tried to pay to the driver counting his dollars. I think he didn’t have any change. Anyway, he asked the cab driver “Is six okay?” The driver said, “It isn’t me. The company set this meter.”

Ashok, without knowing them personally, I could tell that couple was decent and educated. They were nice. But I want you to imagine that you are in my culture for a minute. Imagine that you never paid any bribe money in your life, and also, nobody ever came close to ask such money. Almost every product and service, you’ve paid for were at the listed price. So, in ordinary circumstances, we look at a bargaining for price as a corrupt mind. From your culture, you might think this is extreme, but this must be our middle path because we still have corruption.

And as I mentioned before, a former Tokyo governor, Aoshima Yukio, had once done a hunger strike to fight for corruption in the government, and he was rushed to hospital after 30 hours. He is dead although I don’t know the cause of his death, so please don’t tell me how he should have done the fasting. He was an excellent comedy writer like Steve Martin.

Ashok said...

I understand your view point Keiko. The same act is viewed very differently in different cultures because of different things that go on in those cultures.

I hope Aoshima Yukio did not die of his hunger strike. In the case of the present one by Anna he was continuously monitored by a team of doctors for the twelve days of his fast and an ambulance and facilies stood nearby to rush him to hospital if his condition became critcal. it is only under those cicumstances they can remove a fasting person by force in Indian law. However his vital parameters did not become critical and he continued on fast until his objectives were met.

keiko amano said...


I tried to find out more about Aoshima Yukio's condition at the time of his hunger strike, and I ended up writing a new post. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Yes, a lot is different among cultures, but we can continue to be exposed to other cultures. It's always good for us to learn and examine our arrogance.

Also, I think that the corruption problem is better than the nuclear disaster problem.

Ashok said...

Keiko a blogger has left a comment for you in my blog that is awaiting your response.