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Anna! What have you done!!

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On 27th August 2011, Baba Ramdev & BJP realised something. That calm of White is more powerful than aggression of Saffron. All it took to bring a mighty government to its knees was will of one man. And mind you, this mighty government had been elected by 1.2 billion people.

Interestingly, a World Cup triumph could not inspire Miss Pandey to live upto her promise. But Mr. Hazare’s fast made Yogitta Dandekar and Jenny to embrace tricolours in unimaginable ways. Even our very beloved Angry birds got a competition from ‘Angry Anna’.

I read it somewhere that “Anna has lit a fire. It’s for us to keep the flame of hope alive.” All the online & offline forums are busy appreciating Anna’s efforts. Anna has indeed done a repeat of RDB. Everyone is ready to light candles and sit on dharnas.

But I don’t feel that what happened, happened for the good…

Will Lokpal Bill serve its purpose of eradicating corruption? I am not sure. But what I am pretty sure of is that corruption is in our blood and it is here to stay. It’s in the very fabric of what represents our Indian society today. And just a Bill might not be sufficient.

Indian government is already facing problems of high inflation and slowing growth. But instead of focusing its effort on these issues, it is forced to deal with Anna(s). The focus is more on fire fighting and less on working towards sustainable growth and development. And this does not auger well for country. If one person can derail a duly & constitutionally elected government and make a complete mockery of the Constitutional process, then what kind of growth can we expect in such a country? Who will have faith to invest in a country which has such unstable political environment? An imperfect democracy is far better than a perfect dictatorship. The claim of Mr Hazare and his gang that they are actual representatives of Indians is not democratic but dictatorial. Indian public is much more concerned about earning its daily bread than it is about corruption. And the worst part is that even the Middle Class is finding time to get involved in these ‘disastrous’ events! And I swear that if this trend continues, all bets on India would be off. But if people, somehow do regain sense and go back to work instead of taking part in agitations, only then will the good times be ahead and not behind us.

I read it in an article that a lot of important economic issues like formation of an Indian Sovereign Wealth Fund, FDI in multi-brand retail are pending for final decision. But our government does not have the time. It has to deal with ‘our savior’ Anna.

The image in this post says it all – Anna Arrests Government.

PS –After March 2010, this is the first month when I have written more than 2 posts!


Written by Dev

August 29, 2011 at 2:47 am

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  1. Finally i got a companion….

    rakesh k gampa

    August 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm

  2. @Rakesh K Gampa
    Anna or me ;-D


    August 30, 2011 at 2:09 am

  3. I am also Anna

    b k chowla

    August 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

  4. @B K Chowla


    August 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

  5. @Dev Anna !!!!!!

    Manoj Singh

    August 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm

  6. @Manoj Singh


    August 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

  7. I beg to differ Mr. Dev. I guess the govn is nt focussin on any issue but only focussing on filling their pockets.
    N Mr. Anna is only tryin to awaken the dead conscience of Indians like us who juz feel that their is no solution to corruption!

    Neha Kotwal

    August 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

  8. @Neha Kotwal
    🙂 Democracy has its benefits…One of them is different view 😉


    August 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

  9. @ dev is there a way to ‘like’ your previous comment ? 😀


    August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  10. At this point of time, i couldn’t agree more. Even i think this anna stunt has trained at least a handful of strong annas pan India (which is not exactly in the best interests of the nation). I am actually not able to figure-out if they really wanted India to be corruption free or (after listening to Mr. Puri) they wanted the govt. to be overthrown.


    August 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm

  11. @Shubhang
    Send a mail to WordPress to start working on your idea…. 🙂
    As far as your views are concerned, the major problem is not whether govt will continue to stay in power or not, but whether middle class will come back to senses or not?


    August 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm

  12. It’s a long battle to curb many issues faced by the Indians and frankly, people from around the world. Anna is taking many steps to overcome or at least highlight these issues. Whether there is a permanent resolution or otherwise, his efforts are commendable.

    Kiran @

    September 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm

  13. From kowtowing to the Gandhis to Sonia to Rahul to Advani to Modi and now to Anna. Indians are easily taken up by rabble rousing characters. So easy to be swayed. No wonder there is so much corruption everywhere.

    The problem with India is “its my way or the highway”. Anyone who doesnt agree with Anna and his methods is corrupt, deserves to be stoned to death. Exactly the medieval kind of society that we left behind decades ago.

    As someone who lived through the Mandal and Mandir conflicts of the 90s, i can bet that Anna is just another fad. The same ones who sat with him at Ramlila shouting slogans against corruption and took an oath against corruption are back to jumping red lights, bribing the policeman to get away, pay money to get their kids in school, take money in office to pass files, take dowry, burn the girl for not bringing in dowry, ensure that they will never agree their kid to marry outside race, religion, caste etc.

    We Indians never change. Being corrupt is in our blood. Iam a firm believer in Gandhi’s saying “Be the change you want to see in the world”. If we can change ourselves, that in itself can go a long way in cleansing our country. But that wont happen cos we love to have villains in our lives. And the latest villains are the politicians. Hum toh doodh ke dhule hua hain naa.

    Liju Philip

    September 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

  14. @Kiran
    Of course his efforts are commendable. But those of the middle class aren’t.


    September 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  15. @Liju Philip
    Finally I see some support for my thoughts 🙂
    I am glad that the ‘Anna’ chaos has finally ended and middle class is back to what it does best, work!


    September 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  16. Are you guys serious here? I think you want to take an opposite view. Just for arguments sake. Is that what you are all saying by pointing fingers that Anna is wrong?

    Can anyone else have got the support Anna got?
    Can anyone else sit for fast and force the government to change the policy?

    What development are you talking about? Will FDI ensure that I and also YOU get decent drinking water 24 x 7, or roads without potholes so that an ambulance can go to hospital in time. You have not paid bribes probably which is why you do not know the shame in paying a bribe. Dont point a finger back and say thw bribe payer is at fault more or less than a bribe taker. A common man cannot say no to a bribe asking beuraucrat. Even a man of position cannot refuse to not work in the corrupt aystem. Very few fight fight fight with lot of sacrifice and suffering through thiwr lives. There are not laws to help him. Anna is mere man fighting for his right not to pay a bribe.

    Suggest one other way anyone else could have done it to ensure LOKPALbill is introduced.
    That is a true criticism. Just typing on leyboard to say he is wrong without alternate solution is shameful and equivalent to the people who stall parliament.
    He is fighting for you. Can you honestly show another person who fights for you?

    Pramod Kamath

    September 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm

  17. @Pramod Kamath
    With all respect to what you have said, I would like to say that we all have a right to an opinion. And this post is my opinion…


    September 29, 2011 at 2:09 am

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