49 days of governance by the the newly born political party AAP is all over the news channels. Some criticizing the party and the supremo,Arvind Kejriwal,for resigning suddenly and some claiming this very step a game-changer in the upcoming General Elections. Both the BJP and Congress stood tall against the Jan Lokpal Bill even being introduced in the House.This gave AAP a major reason to surrender the governance of the Union Territory,Jan Lokpal being one of AAP’s major agendas. In the past,Kejriwal had promised Lokpal in 10 days if elected.
Is Kejriwal playing real smart politics or is he taking random decisions,remains a mystery,so far.
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. 🙂
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. 😦
With the rising danger to key Team Anna members’ (Kejriwal,Sisodia and Gopal Rai)health due to continued fasting and after being requested by eminent people like Anupam Kher,General VK Singh , Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and many more , Anna has decided to call off the Fast tomorrow at 5pm.
In between, he was heard asking people of India as to what should Team Anna do? Should they continue fasting or not ? What an absurd question to absurd set of people ? Had we been sensible enough to know what Team Anna should do , probably, we may have never needed some movement of this sort, in the first place?
The conclusion to the fast has however, been really practical one. Anna has decided to answer back political corruption, politically ! This means the formation of a new political party and the promotion of the same by Anna Hazare is decided ! This is no age of fasts and continued fasts and its not the British who are ruling India now. These fasts will never shake the corrupt leaders and the corrupt system unless it is replaced politically and completely by fighting and winning General Elections !
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 !
Salman Khurshid, The Union Law Minister , counter-attacked Team Anna to go to The United Nations seeking justice, if they did not believe in decisions of Supreme Court. He blamed Team Anna of raising issues which have been disapproved by the Supreme Court !
No matter how aggressive the campaigns of Team Anna are, the government has surely been able to detach the interest of commoners from Anna’s movements,slowly and steadily. The constant delays and counter-verbal attacks from government representatives like Salman Khurshid and Digvijay Singh, questioning authenticity of Team Anna and its movements, has left commoners in dilemma ! The parliamentarians (be it in the government or sitting as oppositions) got together (at least in this matter) and launched verbal counter-attacks(and some preferred keeping their mouth shut) on Team Anna and calmed down the ‘aggression’ of what could have been a ‘movement of reforms’ in Modern India ! The successfully spread the seeds of mistrust for Team Anna and their movements in the brains of commoners , through the same Media which had highlighted Anna as the next ‘Gandhi’ !
Whose efforts should we appreciate – the parliamentarians or Anna and his Team or the media(which made money airing Anna Hazare,a hero,initially and then questioning on the authenticity of the movement and people attached to it) ?
Salman Khurshid,the Union Law and Justice and Miniority Affairs Minister and his wife Louise Khurshid travelled to Nashik on June 23rd to meet Anna and request him to remove Khurshid’s name from the list of corrupt ministers released by Hazare and his team !
Arvind Kejriwal, who was on fast along with Anna and Baba Ramdev, stormed out of the venue after Ramdev objected to Kejriwal taking names of MPs in his speech, which the yoga guru said was against the fast protocol.
In his speech , Arvind Kejrial mentioned that MPs like Lalu Prasad,Raja and Kalmadi would never pass the Lokpal Bill.Baba Ramdev however,took the microphone,after Kejriwal and tried to manage the damage with his speech! Follow Detailed News Follow news on Ramlila Maidan incident,last year.
Well, may be Baba Ramdev recalled how the Police forced him to run out of Ramlila Maidan without prior notice,last year, on 4-5th June!Baba Ramdev was captured on camera by news chanels, jumping off the stage to avoid arrest!