On the first day of Anna Hazare's fasting the Government described it as 'a proxy battle on behalf of the government's political opponents' (TOI, Apr 08, 2011), little realizing that Anna is not one but Hazar (a thousand). Many a time the authorities have played with the passion of the masses, and by divide and rule technique have diffused the situation in their favor.
However, we are in a different time, especially after the massive victory in the World Cup Cricket championship which has bonded the otherwise sleepy citizens to such an extent that people in general are convinced that anything can be achieved, if an extra ounce of effort is put.
Anna Hazare is that extra ounce of inspiration. Once there is a spark who can stop the fire from rising high. Lovely thing is that there is no violence either in thought or in action. Absolutely peaceful. The authorities have perhaps forgotten that 'slow water cuts the rocks.'
TOI (Apr 08, 2011) highlights in a box, Sonia soothes, 'The issues he (Anna) has raised are of grave public concern... I am sure his views will receive government's full attention as we fight this (graft) menace.'
However, how is it that Hon'ble Madm Sonia has now distanced herself from the present Government? Can anyone believe her? Graft is not new, the people of India have seen its color with successive governments and their cover-up games. Since the ground of corruption has become very slippery, many are trying to escape somehow or other.
The iron molds of the corrupt authorities will soon melt with the extreme heat of silent support of millions across the country. It is not the fire that can be doused by false promises, lies and cheating. It will burn more and more.
In Anna Hazare another Mahatma Gandhi is resurrected, this time to get freedom from corrupt politicians and their maneuvers.