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Team Anna: Are they ready to campaign across 400 constituencies in 700 days


Between a decrepit Congress and a paralysed BJP, we need an alternative. Anna can have my vote if he gives that choice.

Can Anna take on these entrenched forces? It has been done before.  |  Cartoon by Kureel on October 22, 2011; source & courtesy - iacpune.blogspot.in  |  Click for image.

Can Anna take on these entrenched forces? It has been done before. | Cartoon by Kureel on October 22, 2011; source & courtesy – iacpune.blogspot.in | Click for image.

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has finally said that he is ready to give a political alternative to the country. Making the announcement at Jantar Mantar on Thursday, Anna has asked public for ideas on a political roadmap.

Making the announcement, Anna said, “Political alternative will be found, we will travel across the country for the next two years.”

Talking about the funds required for the purpose, Anna said that it was yet to be figured out.

He said, “We will have to see where the funds will come from in case we plan to give a political alternative.”

Anna, however, clarified that he was not willing to contest an election. He said, “I will not enter politics. Choosing the right candidate is important. Candidates will be scanned. Need to have the spirit of service, must be patriotic, and non corrupt.”

Following the announcement by the veteran social activist, Kejriwal addressed the gathering at Jantar Mantar saying the country needs people’s alternative to the government.

“Our movement is for the change of system and not change of government. Our movement is for decentralisation of power, power in the hands of the common man, power to people,” said Kejriwal.

Hitting out at the government for not accepting the demands of Team Anna, Kejriwal said the government was not willing to pass the Lokpal Bill.

He said, “This government is deaf and mute. They do not want to pass the Lokpal Bill. All parties are corrupt.”

However, Team Anna defended the decision with key member and Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan saying that the only option left with them is to bring revolution.

“When the government is showing arrogance of power, the only option left is to bring revolution,” he said.

Bhushan further said, “Existing political parties are corrupt beyond repair, so we need an alternative politics.”

The decision by Team Anna came after around 22 eminent citizens, including former army chief V K Singh, appealed them to end their fast.

via Team Anna ready for a political role, to end fast on Friday – Politics – Politics News – ibnlive.

Democracy is not like…

भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra – where kings ruling small kingdoms, without

  • A standing army
  • Many ministers
  • Large treasuries and bureaucracy
  • Prisons, courts and police
  • A Parliament

were able to create the most industrialized society for the last 2000 years – till we had the ‘glorious’ British Raj.

Promise and performance are two different things. To me winning a majority is performance. | TN Ninan cartoon on 20 Apr 2011 in Pune Mirror | Click for image.

Promise and performance are two different things. To me winning a majority is performance. | TN Ninan cartoon on 20 Apr 2011 in Pune Mirror | Click for image.

Cut out the glib talk

Democracy usually means:

1. Single Party democracies like China and Communist Russia – where lakhs of Party members choose leaders from among themselves.

2. Two-Party democracies like America, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany Japan, etc where leaders are chosen from thousands of leaders that belong to one of the two political parties. Using complex mechanisms, more than two parties are usually not allowed to survive or win elections in these two-party democracies.

3. Multi-party democracies – India is the closest that has come to this system. With Congress and BJP in shambles, we need a good Third alternative.

After Indira Gandhi in 1980, no one has gained an electoral majority in India for the last 30 years.

You can have my vote

If Anna can change that, he can have my vote.

Between a bad government by the Left in Bengal and a bad government by Mamata Banerjee, I will give Mamata Banerjee a chance.

How much harm can she do? Compared to the Left?

Similarly, compared to a bad governance by Mulayam Singh /Akhilesh Singh Yadav or Mayawati, I will choose Mayawati.

On the other hand, stellar performers like Nitesh Kumar and Chandrababu Naidu can get my vote anytime – based on a positive agenda.

Any day of the week.

Will Anna be able to change the rules of the game?  |  Cartoon by Manjul on July 31, 2011; source and courtesy - manjul.com  |  Click for image.

Will Anna be able to change the rules of the game? | Cartoon by Manjul on July 31, 2011; source and courtesy – manjul.com | Click for image.

700 days

Two years of hard work can win you an election.

NTR Rama Rao came from nowhere and trounced Indira Gandhi’s party twice – in Andhra Pradesh. YS Rajasekhara Reddy turned around the Congress in AP based on his two-year padayatra.

NTR’s Chaitanya-ratham morphed on the national scene as LK Advani’s rath-yatra. This rath-yatra re-floated the sunk-ship of BJP into an electoral victory – and a party of national standing.

So, Anna go for it

I know you have no agenda. I also know that you are very disparate lot – with Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal pulling in 75 degrees of each other.

You have some 700 days to contact important 400 parliamentary constituencies. It is a lot of work. If you do 2 years of mass contact work…

But you can do it. Eat well. No more fasts. Sleep well.

And give us a parliamentary majority.

PS

psst … like Rahim said many centuries ago

बिगरी बात बने नहीं, लाख करो किन कोय।
रहिमन बिगरे दूध को, मथे न माखन होय॥6॥

अर्थ: जब बात बिगड़ जाती है तो किसी के लाख कोशिश करने पर भी बनती नहीं है। उसी तरह जैसे कि फटे हुए दूध को मथने से मक्खन नहीं निकलता।

This Lok Pal is a silly idea.

One more policeman will not change anything. This system is broken – and it can’t be fixed.

Go the भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra way.


 

  1. August 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  2. nirmal
    August 4, 2012 at 4:03 am

    “stellar performers like Nitesh Kumar and Chandrababu Naidu” — maybe you missed out one name — N Modi. Oh I forgot, Modi does not share your enormous love for Muslims & ur touching concern for the lovely people of pakistan. Naidu’s performance was so stellar that the people of ap kicked him out, incidentally

  3. August 4, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Last I heard Narendra Modi was a part of BJP – and it is BJP which is keeping Narendra Modi on the sidelines.

    A confused and paralysed BJP.

    Naidu losing elections is just like the ABV govt. lost the election in spite of a good performance …

    What exactly is your gripe?

    Hey! Wait!!

    Last I saw, even Narendra Modi was loving Muslims … just like me! Hugging them! Kissing their babies!! I think he said stop, when they wanted him to wear their topi. I think that was symbolic.

    You know what the meaning of Hindi idiom of topi pehnana means, right?

  4. Roni
    August 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Anuraag, you seem to post alot on christian plunder of India, but i rarely hear anything on 400years of Islamic genocide of India, an estimated 19,000 terrorist attacks since 2002, with an estimated 20,000 people dead. Would be great to hear about real history like you do with the christians taliban chapters of Indian history.

    As for Anna, he will be another ghandi, a soft puppet, with no core. A person who everyone will look back on and think we made the same mistake twice.

  5. August 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Such a delightful comment. I am lovin’ it!

    you seem to post alot on christian plunder of India

    Is it hurting? Or are you hiding? Or is it that this is whole lot closer to the target than you like?

    but i rarely hear anything on 400years of Islamic genocide of India

    Interesting choice of words and tactics.

    1. First on genocide:

    In 1944, a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) sought to describe Nazi policies of systematic murder, including the destruction of the European Jews. He formed the word “genocide” by combining geno-, from the Greek word for race or tribe, with -cide, from the Latin word for killing. In proposing this new term, Lemkin had in mind “a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.” The next year, the International Military Tribunal held at Nuremberg, Germany, charged top Nazis with “crimes against humanity.” The word “genocide” was included in the indictment, but as a descriptive, not legal, term.

    via What is Genocide?.

    2. Now that we have the meaning clear, which genocide by which Islamic invader are you referring to?

    an estimated 19,000 terrorist attacks since 2002, with an estimated 20,000 people dead.

    Whose estimate is this? Where have these attacks happened? Who is behind these attacks? Any data, or is it that you believe that data is not needed?

    Would be great to hear about real history like you do with the christians taliban chapters of Indian history.

    Since you are new to this forum, you may not have read previous posts, but there is more than 200 A4 pages, about 10,000 words written about modern ‘terrorism.

    Seek, and Ye shall find!

    As for Anna, he will be another ghandi, a soft puppet, with no core.

    This is awesome piece of revisionism.

    Never thought of ‘Ghandi’ as a ‘soft puppet with no core’. Such insight!

    A person who everyone will look back on and think we made the same mistake twice.

    Hey, who’s we!

    Our men, our mistakes. And we seem to have done a lot better with our ‘mistakes’ than Britain has done with its ‘leadership’.

    India – from a ship-to-mouth, a piece colonial detritus to the 4th largest economy in the world.

    Britain – from a super-power to …

    But I would be delighted to hear the Christian-British version of what mistakes ‘Ghandi’ made? Maybe if you deign to direct your critical faculties in that direction?

  6. ashoksinghania
    August 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    root cause of problem is rbi .unless rbi is reformed current problems cannot be solved. rbi is moddled on 1934 newyork model in which fdr concerated power in hands of new york fed. though it had certaingood features such as anti usry law for example banks were not allowedto consificate assetof which our tie coat industrailist took great advantage. other feature was glass stegal act.current system allows some industrailist to corner larger sum of money. in decentralized central bank as in usa in 1913 model it had 12 banks. if one region want money from other region you have to pay higher intrest rate. this changed in 1934. this made newyork more powerer full as currently newdelhli mumbai. prices of flat in delhiand mumbai can go 20000 to 30000 rs sft.had we decentralize cenral banking interst rate would rise and bringdown prices. ambani would have not grown so rich and build antilia a anti bharat tantra event. same was for euro which had this feature which they changed midway recently pointed out by martin huctson.in india vajpyee made two serious mistake first he changed the monterary system in which govt borrows and spend instead of printing and spend pr monetization of expenditure. second deadly mistake he did was passing of safrasi act. now banks can auction any body asset if he doesnt pay for more than six months. banks are landing aggresively this had lead huge price in property prices. rise in inflation and so on. look at this act banks only finance50 percent of your total aquistion cost and have right to auction your property a la usury extravanza. please note when govt borrows and spend it is highly inflationary . usaa has 15 trillion of debt of that only 4 trillion is principal and rest is intrest paid on principal or more than 70%. had they print and spend only 4trillion would be there withzero debt on govt.another resaon why govt should not borrrow and spend is sovergn always default. recent example agertina. to undestand high interst component one must understand expontail maths in compound intrest system which could be debated sepertaly. point iam tring to make is team anna must first study the money system aka rbi which has allowed one party rule in most of nations. they must understand is to control corruption you need to control three things, govt abality to print money govt abality to borrow money and govt abality to tax. current our netas running their corruption machine by borrowing from market 25 lakhs crore currently in last five years, 5lakh crore in previous five years a whopping 500% rise. they areb also allowing captail inflows through promissary notes and also borrowing from fii debt limit incresead to 30 billion dollars. what will be end result of this all our asset sold to foreigners. our investement planning will go hay were. as interet load increases govt will decease interst rate as currently by uas which pays 1%0n six trillion external debt. amassive reduction of 2.5 trillion dollars at rate of 500 billion dollars ayera or 137 lakh crore ruppes as it use to pay five percent previously. lic will not be able to hounour its commitment. even pension funds will fail.point iam trying to make is it not time to waer bangles and seat inside houses but to fight and support team anna or all our finnacial planning will go hay wire there will nothing left in our retirement age.
    .

  7. August 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    But, interestingly, Baba Ramdev seems to have studied RBI and economic policy.

    Search for Ramdev on this website. And you will get videos where he making some significant points that you too are making.

    usaa has 15 trillion of debt of that only 4 trillion is principal and rest is intrest paid on principal or more than 70%

    My own impression was the reverse.

    Any links? What source?

  8. Chirag
    July 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I thought this was a joke. No way am I voting for them, till AK and co prove to me that they are not neo-communists. Demanding Sasti Bijli in a state which has the cheapest electricity?? What is wrong with him?

  9. July 21, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I thought this was a joke. No way am I voting for them, till AK and co prove to me that they are not neo-communists.

    How are Communists Different From Capitalists or Socialists?

    I find that in all the 3 systems (Communism, Capitalism, Socialism):

    1. They are all run by a small elite of 5000-10,0000 plutocrats
    2. Economy is controlled by 10,000-20,000 Bureaucrats-Cronies – who use Public Sector-Private Sector frontage to cover their control
    3. Media-Academia is State-Funded or Controlled-Funded by State Proxies
    4. People are expected to be servants of this small elite of 20,000-40,000 people – ’employment’ is the future that they promise us.
    5. There is a vast Police-Judicial-Prison complex to keep troublesome elements in check. The world’s largest prison-prosecution system is run by US. The US has as per current reckoning has more than 70 lakh people in prison, parole, or some kind of coercive state supervision. Another 1.5 crore people are being prosecuted for some offence caused to the State.

    Of course, the State also allows us to fight with each other and use the same police to oppress each other – so that we dont look at State oppression.

    So, if we stop looking at these politicians as Left, Right, Centre, Communists, Socialists, Capitalists it will allow us to reduce the propaganda overload from our minds.

    No way am I voting for them, till AK and co prove to me

    Currently, the two main political parties in India, BJP & Congress (in alphabetical order) have been getting between 250-350 seats in the Lok Sabha. The balance 200-250 seats are won by sundry regional political parties.

    Now if the sundry political parties join in a Third Front that can function for the next 3-5 years we may see a more humble BJP & Congress. We may also see a reduction in the oligarchy, power transfer to elites.

    I cannot see AAP-AK-Anna Hazare in any position to bid for power to come close to being a small player like a SP-BSP. But they could facilitate a 3rd-Front Formation.

    Demanding Sasti Bijli in a state which has the cheapest electricity?? What is wrong with him?

    Are you sure that you are not paying a very high price for Bijli – which is

    1. Helping some huge public sector unit to quote high price for its equipment
    2. For padded project costs, for rampant (legal & illegal) pilferage of power by industry
    3. To boost ’employment’ for creation of vote banks

    We could be looking at ‘sasti-electricity’ if we could have decentralized power production, which used co-generation for combined cycle bio-mass, wind-power, solar energy to generate power. Remember that a lot of academic models are created to give us a logic that justifies power-grab by the elites.

    The ‘sasti-electricity’ demand is financially and technically plausible – and could be a first step to dismantle the huge oligopoly of electricity production that has huge a distribution costs.

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