All Quiet on the Anna Front
There has been a deathly calm in Anna Harzare’s civil society camp for last few days. This is hardly because of Anna’s continued vow of silence, but mainly because his team members have fallen silent without taking vows!
India Against Corruption spearheaded by Team Anna has been beset with discordant voices, indiscreet noises and suspicious actions of late.
The stage was set initially for the anti-corruption Bill to be presented and passed in the winter session of Indian Parliament. While Anna gave up his fast unto death on the 13th day on Government’s written promise Team Anna seemed to have lost all faith without any corroborating evidence just after that. And the insane drama started.
Arvind Kejriwal made it all political by coming out in open opposition against the ruling Congress candidate in Hisar by-poll without telling the voters how to find out the non-corrupt candidate.
Prashant Bhushan made an indirectly anti-national statement for which he was beaten up in his Supreme Court chambers by offended activists and next day Anna supporters were beaten up.
Meanwhile two social activist members had resigned alleging politics in Team Anna. A slipper was thrown at Kejriwal at a public meeting.
As a crowning folly the story of Kiran Bedi’s inflated air travel bills was broken nation wide and Ms Bedi did not help matters by defending her actions—in a way, propagating cheating for a good cause.
Anna Hazare continued to be silent and had been visiting temples regularly in his native place. During his 13 day fast at Ramlila Ground, New Delhi, Anna made an inspiring speech listing out essential qualifications required for citizens willing to join his fight against corruption. Ironically, his own members seemed to be in great need of a refresher course on those essentials!
The evil of corruption has taken deep roots in India. To control it a difficult task, to root it out almost a mission impossible! As the latest positive development charges have been framed under the Indian Penal Code against all seventeen accused including three telecom companies in the huge 2G Spectrum allocation scam.