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.
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.
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.
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.