Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Aam Aadmi Party: Making an unethical stand?


I oppose the 'do not pay your bill movement' by Aam Aadmi Party(AAP).
If one wants to protest high electricity bills of a monopoly provider, it is okay to stop paying bills as a form of protest. So far I am with AAP.
However, one should be ready to face consequences by accepting disconnection and other punishments under existing law. That is the pain one must endure if one wants to protest effectively in a peaceful manner.
Not paying bill and refusing to accept the non-payment-penalty is anarchy. Satyagraha/Asahayog means deliberately breaking the law and then accepting the punishment for it. Breaking the law (however 'wrong' the law may be) and avoiding punishment is criminal behavior.

4 comments:

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Indeed.. and who bears the brunt?

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Sambaran said...

@Anupama,

I did not get your question: 'Who bears the brunt?' Can you please elaborate?

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Sorry if I got carried away. If we do not pay our bills, it is our connections that would get cut and disrupt our lives. AAP would not bear the inconvenience, no?

Sambaran said...

@Anupama
Very true. I found AAP behaving unethically over this issue.
First it asks people to stop paying bills. So far so good. People can/should protest.
But then, it asks people to reconnect by themselves, if authorities disconnect power due to non-payment. This is definitely sick.