The name,Anna Hazare, got popular with the same Lokpal Bill issue which he wanted to be passed by the government, to curb down corruption in India and the same Lokpal Bill made him head a team called ‘ Team Anna’ and then differences of opinion made Arvind Kejriwal, a prominent Team Anna member split and launch his political party- the Aam Aadmi Party-a political solution to fight corruption in India and all this paced down the India Against Corruption Movement led by Anna.Now it seems like another key member Kiran Bedi has a difference of opinion with Anna.Hopefully,she sticks around with Anna. 🙂
The government,on the other hand, has not only been quite successful in curbing down the much-hyped ‘India Against Corruption Movement’ but has also successfully reduced the strength and impact of Anna and his Team.Kudos to the art of silence of our Prime Minister ‘Maun'(means silence in Hindi)mohan Singh,the India Against Corruption Movement slowly and yet steadily lost its leadership,pace,goal and ultimately the interest and support of usually reluctant to react- ‘Aam Aadmi'(common man). Well,the mystery remains unsolved if it was Team Anna itself or a clever brain of the Govt behind the sabotage of a world renowned movement led by Anna. 🙂
Anna Hazare, the Gandhian activist, who was the boss of India Against Corruption Movement and also the boss of Arvind Kejriwal feels Arvind may be Power Hungry although he also claimed Arvind is not greedy for money ! They parted ways after Arvind decided to get into politics in order to curb corruption which Anna did not agree on!
Well,its human to be greedy provided it is directed towards a noble cause.
In the recent times, some politicians and political parties have taken Cartoons very seriously. Instead of getting the message from them they are dragging the cartoonists to the court of law.
Politicians somehow seem to be reacting impatiently towards criticisms and while most of the parties talk about democracy and secularism , they seem to be hating democratic rights of other citizens.
The fact is , columnists ,journalists and even cartoonists working under the banner of big media houses can never be questioned but if it is a commoner (like in case of Mamata Banerjee cartoon row and Aseem Trivedi who supports Anna’s India Against Corruption Movement)the administration leaves no stones un-turned to teach the commoner a lesson for lifetime.
Suddenly,everyone has a problem with cartoons and cartoonists. But why ? There are hundreds of aggressive (and factual) articles on newspapers everyday condemning , criticizing and/or attacking the administration and tens of live chat-shows accusing and debating on current political issues. Why are they not questioned if cartoons and cartoonists are ?
Fasts failed , movements died, govt congratulated itself and the nation cried !-Jack(ed) Roberts 🙂
End of yet another fast with no strong conclusion , all the more, when Baba Ramdev has declared he would not surprise the nation by announcing his political party like the Team Anna. Considerably, this was as big a flop show as was Team Anna’s with the only difference that Baba could yet pull a huge crowd in support(after all he has a chain dealers and distributors for his patanjali products).
Did all this actually effect the Government? Even the official and unofficial speakers(Kapil Sibal,Digvijay Singh,Salman Khurshid) followed Prime Minister’s path of maintaining ‘ultimate silence’. The result – neither the Team Anna nor Baba Ramdev could force the government to even utter a single word related to their demands.
Has corruption and black money become so much a part of us that we do not mind at all ? Is there really a leader who can wake us up ? With the failure of two socially recognized giant leaders – Anna and Baba Ramdev, falling flat on ground,for not being able to deliver as committed, the nation ,so much comfortable with all odds around, may remain asleep for another decade or more letting the tree of corruption strengthen itself !
After the abrupt ending of the fast , Anna announced the possibility of his Team going on political stage to overthrow corrupt government ! It is quite possible that like many decisions, Anna took in the past, were guided by his Team members – Prashant Bhushan , Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai, to name a few , even this one may be promoted by his Team ! Well, it is not a bad idea , in the practical sense as both the UPA and NDA has lost its credit in the common man’s eye and nobody would mind a 3rd party, provided it wins with majority !
Consider it a game lost against the UPA govt or a reason to find political alternative over fasting tactics, Team Anna has decided to call off the fast by tomorrow 5pm ! In a nutshell,one can conclude -‘Silence Speaks’ ! The govt kept silent ,did not respond in any way to the agitation and the result is a clear win over a national level protest.Arvind Kejriwal today, addressed the Government as ‘deaf and mute’ and declared the government will not pass the Lokpal Bill and that they would rather look for political alternatives to fight corruption. 😦
Its the 9th day today , when key Team Anna members, Manish Sisodia,Gopal Rai and Arvind Kejriwal (who is also diabetic) have not eaten anything, demanding the government for an independent probe against 14 cabinet ministers! The government seems to be following the strategy of ‘Deaf Ears’ this time, with none from the government even bothering about the fast at Jantar Mantar, in the nation’s capital ! Doctors have been advising the 400 people on fast(including the Team Anna key members) to get hospitalized and Kejriwal being a diabetic, needs a mandatory hospitalization! However, the team has so far declined any medical assistance ! Delhi Police has been reminding the team of their written agreement to get hospitalized in case of emergency and to make sure there is no compromise in law and order due to the Fast held by the Team ! Interestingly, the unofficial speakers of UPA – Mr Digvijay Singh or Mr Salman Khurshid have not been heard making speeches against the Team Anna, anymore! Seems the government is firm this time and not willing to give any importance to the protest ! It would be interesting to see who would give up first, Team Anna or the UPA government! Most importantly, the opposition parties have preferred keeping out this time , probably, after Anna has declared the formation of a new political party , if need be, for 2014 General Elections ! There may be a second reason to it – Political Leaders are counted in numbers who can support Anti-Corruption Movement 😀 ! Rather they be shut to avoid trouble on self ! No one can deny , neither the Congress or BJP , the two major national level parties, have done anything up to the expectations of their supporters(whenever they have held power) and 2014 elections will surely remind them of changing Indian mentality !
Low turnout at Jantar Mantar , supporting Team Anna’s fast , has indicated nation’s falling interest in the Team’s activities . Meanwhile, Anna Hazare has indicated the importance of launching a new political party People’s Party !