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Anna’s protest: citizens’ right or blackmail?

New Delhi: The Team Anna versus government deadlock seems to be over for now. Anna Hazare has been given the go ahead to fast for 15 days at Ramlila Maidan. But the civil society is split over whether his method of protest falls in the category of blackmail. Apart from Anna’s team, no one’s come out to support his version of the Lokpal Bill, not even the political Opposition.

Anna Hazare’s supporters loudly expressing that they have complete faith in Anna, his methods and the Jan Lokpal Bill.

“We want the Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed. That is the only condition and till the government accepts it, we won’t agree,” said a supporter.

But there are equally vocal differences in civil society about Anna Hazare. There are those who feel Hazare’s threat of a hunger strike is nothing short of blackmail.

The National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information which has drafted its own version of the Lokpal Bill says that Team Anna’s draft is not the only way to fight corruption.

“It will take several years of fight and struggle to be able to change the situation. People will have to fight for many years no matter what the law is,” said Nikhil Dey.

Others say Anna Hazare’s agitation is only undermining Parliament.

“This is a democratically elected Parliament and anyone who challenges it, please be wary of them,” said Nandita Rao.

And still others feel that Anna is simply a front for the Hindu rightwing groups.

“We have seen what the RSS has done in this country,” said Shabnam Hashmi.

Writer and civil activist Arundhati Roy is scathing about the arrest of Anna but says it’s naive to think that Lokpal will solve corruption problem.

“It is absolutely outrageous what the government has done and mysterious as well. I don’t know what is it so insecure about,” said Arundhati Roy.

In the CNN-IBN State of the Nation poll across 19 states and 20,000 respondents, it was found that only one third of Indians have heard about the Jan Lokpal Bill and only one fourth have any idea what the bill is about. So the Anna Hazare movement could well be one based mainly in the TV viewing educated urban middle class.

The numbers on the street may be growing but scepticism is also growing about this so called second freedom movement.

“I think this is all absurd language about the second freedom struggle and third freedom struggle” questioned Kumar Ketkar.

For some Anna may be Gandhi, but others say, it takes more than just a topi and media attention to become a true Mahatma.


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  1. August 18, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Ho sakta hai ki anna hazare ka tareeka galat ho. Lekin hum is stage pe hain ki ab tareeke se zaade natije ki zaroorat hai. You have to stand up to corruption with firmness. Its precisely because of the corrupt politicians that these gender biased human rights violating laws are made ie Vote winning methods.

  2. August 19, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Anna purely govt. ko blackmail kar rahe hai. Anna ke team ke sathi bhi waisahi hai. Kiran bedi ko service me extension nahi diya, kejariwal ko Lokpal banana hai, bhushan ko supreme court ka judge banana tha, aisa ye log karana chahate the, magar ab anna ke peechese ye sab log govt. ko blackmail kar rahe hai. Ye sab log swarthi hai. Anna bhi in logo me shamil hokar unake rang me rang gaye hai. Anna ka bhrashtachar justice P.B.Sawant report me dikhata hai. Wo report sab logo ko dekhani chahiye. Anna ka asali chehara samane ayega. Anna sansad se khud ko uncha samajate hai. Apane desh me parliament ko kanoon banane ka adhikar hai. Koi vyakti vishesh sarakar ko blakmail karake jo chahe wo kanoon nahi bana sakata. arrest of anna was proper. Koi galat nahi kiya tha delhi police ne.

    That’s why I am not with anna & his other greedy associates This is not a proper way to make demand to govt. & to complete it by way adopted by anna & his gang. Anna ko chahiye to election lade aur sansad me jakar awaz uthaye. Anna won’t dare to do this. Anna logo ko ullu banakar apane peeche chala rahe hai. Anna ka andolan BJP supported hai. Kyonki logo ko sochana chahiye ki anna ke andolan ka sahitya jaise ki, topi, badge, flags, banner, photos, video kahanse ate hai. isake liye jo paisa lagata hai wo kaha se aata hai. Log ye samajahte nahi aur blindly anna ko fillow kar rahe hai. Agar logo ko lagata hai ki corruption khatam hona chahiye to apane ghar se iski shuruwat kare. Ye anna jaise dhogi logo ke behkawe me na aaye.

  3. Niraj
    August 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    There are people in this world who criticize God almighty as well. In the end it comes down to satyamev jayate. No one can spit on the Sun.
    Anna Hazare won his battle enough said.

    • November 29, 2011 at 3:53 am


      • November 29, 2011 at 4:58 am

        No where I have said Anna is God. Every human being has his faults. Yes I agree Anna is not Mr. Clean. But don’t forget that the people he is opposing are the Gods of corruption. I would be more comfortable with a grey character running the country rather than an out and out corrupt politician who is totally black and is beyond salvage.

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