Anna Hazare has brought the nation together like never before. If news reports are to go by he may have just been the 3rd entity to do so. The others being Bollywood and Cricket – our two main religions. But then Anna Hazare is different. He’s here to fight against corruption. He’s here to fight against the crimes and frauds the politicians of this government as well as those of the future governments may cause. He’s here to introduce a Jan Lokpal Bill which if made into a law could well bring the end of several distinguished and prominent politicians.
Interestingly his ways of the protest are entirely Gandhian – peaceful rallies without even the slightest of incidents of violence. On the other hand he has himself decided to go on a fast for the cause. He has been able to mobilize vast support from across the nation and maybe the world as people are sick and tired of years of corruption. Moreover UPA’s handling of the entire issue with his arrest and stuff has given people all the more reason to lose their trust in the government.
But then where is the cause in midst of all the protests? Are people more worried about Anna than the Lokpal? Are people thinking more about Anna’s health than removing corruption from the society? Does the general public realise what they are fighting for?
The point I am trying to make is that corruption and Jan Lokpal are much bigger issues than Anna Hazare. Yes we needed a leader to lead us through another revolution like Gandhiji. Yes we needed someone to mobilize opinion. But do we need daily updates on whether he left Tihar or not? Does Anna need to make statements like asking people in government offices to bunk office? Does Anna need to come to reality shows like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs?
The entire issue has turned from Lokpal vs corruption to Anna vs Congress. Whether its the news media or people voicing their opinion on social media and the street. Everyone is talking about the government going down. Will that help Lokpal to be implemented? Does one really think that the next government will implement the Lokpal if the present one comes crashing down? In the end its become a tamasha which the media is harping upon to increase their TRPs and monitor public opinion.
I support Anna’s cause wholeheartedly. The government doesn’t deserve to be in power. But I don’t support fasting as a means of protest as it will never work in today’s world. If he can mobilize opinion like this, I am sure he can try to fight elections. With such support he might go on to win with a big margin.
Anyhow, there are surely better ways of protesting than holding the government to ransom and finally negotiating a 3 week fast!! What was that? A negotiated fast?? :O
Will that really bring Lokpal on the table? I DOUBT!
IF YOU THINK AM CORRUPT, WELL AND GOOD FOR ALL OF YOU!