Jagriti Yatra 2017 - Shashank Mani Tripathi - Got a Political Agenda? So what?

For those who are not into Jagriti Yatra, Shashank Mani Tripathi is Chairperson of Jagriti Yatra. See this video, to know what Jagriti Yatra is. Based on my yesterday's (Day 11, Jan 3, 2018) experience, trying to post an unbiased perspective to see If I could add little more sense into the ongoing informal Dialogue.

Welcome to Deoria, Finally!

After 10 days of travelling 6000kms througout India, we reached Deoria, about which we had many talks from Day 1. Deoria is a typical Tier 3 district, where Jagriti HQ is setup. It is many things
  1. Office for Jagriti core team
  2. Startup Incubator for those who started Initiatives to develop rural India
  3. Self claimed world's largest Library on Entrepreneurship with book in Vernacular languages.
  4. Just a Guest house for anyone who want to study the Village, write a book about it, etc.,

2018 Calendar and The conflicts

By noon, everyone was given a 2018 Calendar with Modi in one side and Shashank on the other. I was stumbled for a minute on seeing that. Because I always had a Image of Shashank as a Problem solver, Creator of more Problem solvers and I never thought Shashank as Politician. But took a deep breath and though about it skeptically, as always. It took my mind couple of minutes to process, but then I started seeing this exciting possibility of
  1. A Entrepreneur
  2. A Maker of Entrepreneurs (Obviously a brilliant mind)
  3. A Politician
That sounded like a Unique, Super cool and Powerful combination. But as a skeptic, and having my poor Political knowledge, I wanted to hear about other People's opinion to validate this Amazing idea of Shashank. But I was totally upset by all 1 sided, biased arguments about this Political perspective.

Minimal samples of the 1 sided Arguments

  1. We knew all along about this. Now we are right. He got Political motivations.
    1. In a very negative tone, as If he got motivations of doing Terrorism.
    2. I appreciate your instincts. But why so much negativity about this.
  2. He is using all of us, our time and our Money for his Political agenda.
    1. Seriously?! So a Calendar made you forget all the benefits, learnings, experiences you made from Yatra
    2. If you truly feel being used, why dont you do something about it and Quit right away.
  3. He couldn't even improve Deoria district in all these years. How will he perform good as Politician. Still People defecate outside on the Road side.
    1. Oh boy. He is not a Politician yet. How can we expect him to transform things just like Magic. Even a Politician can't do that. Getting elected is just Step 1.
    2. I believe He is a Amazing leader who have developed so many levels of Leadership under him. 1. Jagriti Core team. 2. ERCs 3. 6 Entrepreneurs who setup and running successful startups in Deoria. If you want People to have Toilets in their home and use them, go do something about it. Shashank has provided a Platform for people like us to do that. That is called BGT. How come you expect 1 person to solve all problems?
Just for clarification. If you think Modi is bad for India, it's because of the 1.3 billion people. We gave him that power. We put him there. Please stop blaming and start taking responsibilities, If you truly want to change anything at all.
யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர் 
தீதும் நன்றும் பிறர்தர வாரா
Only If people were equally serious in finding their own mistakes, critique themself with same Intensity, then we will have Strong individuals who can change the world. But what a waste of Human time to critique People behind their back and not even do something about it.



Just for clarification, I am not at all supporting Shashank in his Political stance, If he got any. All I wanted to hear opposing opinions and to understand his case. But I am shocked by all the one sided arguments and hence this post.



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