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04 January 2012

ANALYSIS: “‘Coward, Dictatorial, Unpatriotic’ Anna Hazare’s days are over”

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So Anna's days are over as it is almost exposed that he plays card according to RSS plans just to support BJP in the coming elections.His distance from Muslims also adds credibility to this fact and aversion against the biggest group among the minorities in India.

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Ultimately, the reason Team Anna had to beat a retreat finally was because people deserted them. It is too early to find reasons behind the absence of public euphoria. It is also premature to speculate when Team Ana will be back – with what ‘cause’ – and whether they will find support.
But, this is unlikely to be the end of urban middle-class activism. Movements which surface overnight are difficult to sustain and tend to slip into anarchy. The system has ‘contained’ this round, but it would make a mistake by believing that similar attempts will not be made in future.

Even critics of Team Anna recognize that but for the year-long pressure corruption would not have become central to the political agenda. The debate in parliament was a result of Team Anna’s agitation.

But they erred by jumping in the arena instead of watching from the galley.Indian democracy needed the push from Team Anna just as this retreat will be good for democracy’s health. The final battle should be between political parties.

Where can the common man go? He/She has hardly any place left to go now. Ramlila Maidan heralded the dawn of a new era a few months back. The common man was upbeat and enthusiastic. He/She saw a subtle hint of light at the end of the long dark tunnel. But soon he got disillusioned when the members of Team Anna became arrogant. The supposedly non-political anti-graft movement began to bathe in various political colours. All this made the common man angry.

This is a non-violent political movement. Therefore, he cannot take to the streets. He waited and watched. When the opportunity presented itself, he struck. Low turn-out at MMRDA – the venue of Anna’s latest fast – was the indicator of the common man’s growing anger. The resentment at yet another fast was there for all to see. Unfortunately, the Team Anna failed to read the writing on the wall.

Politicians are smarter than the rest of us. This is why they are politicians. This time around they were prepared for the battle.

They knew how to beat the Team Anna at its own game. All the elected representatives participated in the Lokpal debate at the Lok Sabha that lasted for twelve hours as Anna observed fast at MMRDA. The public saw their elected leaders at some serious work. The history was in the making. Soon the popular support for Team Anna evaporated. The media too decided to give the latest fast low-key coverage and began to ask some tough questions to Team Anna and its method of protest whose madness knew no method.

Has the time come for Team Anna to pack its bags and leave for home? Has the anti-graft movement run its course? Are the people fed up? Is change still as elusive as ever? Well, change will come, all is not lost. But in a country as vast as ours it takes some time. Corruption is not at the top alone. Corruption is everywhere. In such a scenario where to begin is the million dollar question.

Merely making the laws will not ensure a corruption free nation. The entire system needs a complete over-haul. This can become possible by educating the electorate in a systematic manner. By holding the gun to the government’s head what happens we witnessed just now.
The need of the hour for Team Anna is to cool down the tempers and return to the board room. It is losing credibility as fast as it got it. This time it has miserably failed to feel the pulse of the common man. The political class has outsmarted Team Anna in every move.

Too much of preening and posturing has resulted in an alienation from the masses. To top it all, somebody is clearly misguiding Team Anna. It must act now to set its house in order. Targeting one party in the poll bound states too may boomerang.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

1 comment:

  1. Yep you are right Ruhel I agreed and always with you buddy...

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