I am Anna Hazare… Am I?
Looking at the multitude of supporters that Anna Hazare movement has been able to muster I am wondering why haven’t equally graver issues, such as the murder of female children, child labour in homes, hotels and factories, or poverty outside our car windows received this kind of support. Why are we as a nation sensitive to one and insensitive to many other important issues?
The reality is that we all are motivated by my own selfish needs; this entire issue is now so much more than just corruption. It is now about how one man, who rather than bitch about what is wrong with the country, is actually fighting to make this a better place and is proposing a solution. Flawed or not, he is has provoked the emotion and anguish of Indians against problems.
Anna represents not just the masses, or just corruption, he represents change. Anna is no longer just a person or a hero; he is an instrument of people’s voice which was quiet till now.
There are televised debates where “socially conscious members of society” and “activists” are arguing for and against how things need to move forward from here, but a very few people are actually discussing the main issue. Surprisingly the ‘Speakers’ and the ‘Activists’ on the popular news channels speak about everything but anti-corruption. Everybody is trying to make hay while the Sun (Anna) shines.
Anna represents not just the masses, or just corruption, he represents change. Anna is no longer just a person or a hero who may or may not be driven by a shadow society with their own agendas.
What the Anna movement has done is incredible. He has amassed people for change and empowered them with the idea of non-violence as a tool for struggle.
Apart from all this Anna and his team needs to realize that there cannot be an our-way-or-no-way approach to negotiations.
At the same time the Indian middle class lacks emotional sensitivity to deal with issues other than their own.