Anyone who’s following the news lately or not cannot ignore Anna Hazare and I couldn’t resist writing about it. We have been given the facts about Anna Hazare and his work in real India i.e. the Village (Ralegan Siddhi, Maharashtra) that he has adopted and made into one of the best agricultural and economical revolution models. By the way the village he has adopted has adopted is self-sustained & guess what they don’t sell any alcohol or tobacco (which is one of the first to drive consumptions where there is prosperity). Which is quite an achievement as the Consumption of tobacco in Maharashtra hinterland is probably one of the highest in India if not the world and it claims over 800,000 lives in India every year. Alcohol which is the sole cause of suicides in the deep Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and causes a lot of poor farmers killing themselves and their families under the influence of alcohol. These are not some of the things that the media ever mentioned or told me it was what I have seen from my travels on the ground. There is stark difference for Ralegan Siddhi from its neighbouring villages. Anna Hazare Salute.
His stand on the real Lokpal bill and what he and his team have been able to create a quite a stir with the people of India (so much so that it motivated me & many like us to actually miss work to attend to rallies across India).
But where was he when the scams of the Last 20 years were breaking out? I’m giving him the Benefit of doubt that he was rooting for a revolution by first working for a village & then for the country. When did a man whose story says he gave up all his materialistic wants and lives on the Gandhian principles to build a new & prosperous India start giving unlimited news bytes and start calling press conferences like politicians Businessmen & Failed Actors. Wasn’t working for the betterment of the nation his only criterion? He was on a television show, where he tried to be there for the children of India and appreciate the children for their singing on the contrary all he did was stop and tell the world about his achievements. Good publicity stunt in front of the gullible Indian Middle class couple of days before the protest against the weak Lokpal bill?
It’s more like a Bollywood Masala movie for me having grown up on it not to fear this being politically driven. I mean he’s come out of nowhere. Is it all the creation of the media where it’s now acting as The Creator (Brahma)?
Then there was a Mr. Chetan Bhagat’s (voted as one of the most influential Indians) editorial in the paper supporting him and urging the youth of India to actually fight and support Anna in this drive against Corruption. Well I’m not saying we shouldn’t support but why should we be listening to a guy whose sitting pretty with a Hefty job with one of the premiere banks in the world sitting in a third country (Hong Kong). I mean if he feels so strongly for it why doesn’t he come home and does what he urges us to do? It’s ironical that we consider him as one of the most influential people in our country when all he does in our country is repatriate money to stock markets for his personal gains. He even claims to have shifted base to India to concentrate on writing but why is he still on payrolls of the Investment bank?
Then there is a Baba Ramdev who was created by the media, the media became the protector of Baba Ramdev by giving him sound bites & News time. He then shocked the world community by saying he could cure cancer with yoga & now supports Anna Hazare (in his fight against corruption) because he wants to start a political party? But why now so many so-called celebrities caught onto his bandwagon, maybe it’s cool or selfishly driven?
I don’t even want to start mentioning about the two Magsaysay awardees (Ms. Kiran Bedi &Mr. Arvind Kejriwal) because they too have been at it for some time. Are they all acting like Vishnu (The Protector)?
My question is why I have so many questions for someone who’s fighting for the betterment of our Nation.
One recent example is where Baba Ramdev is being questioned by enforcement directorate over ‘unaccounted’ cash. Believe me the media is here & soon they would be alleging a scam of the biggest order and finally acting like Mahesh (The Destroyer).
All said and done my head has too many questions but my heart doesn’t want to believe any of this and I shall keep supporting you Mr. Anna Hazare in our struggle for getting politicians to book (by implementing a strong Lokpal) and working for the people by all means. Anna you are our last hope in front of this Limbo Government and I wish and pray on behalf of every Indian that may you emerge stronger & no one can be Mahesh (The Destroyer) in front of Anna.
Anna may you become The Anna (The Big Brother of India).