The antics of "Team Anna": erstwhile and now!

August 31, 2012 15:39
The antics of "Team Anna": erstwhile and now!

Anna Hazare had risen to the position of being the father of anti-corruption in India with his extremely followed protests last year. It would not be an exaggeration to state that the whole nation had moved in his foot steps after he launched his campaign demanding a Strong Lok Pal bill and crusading against corruption. Recently the support levels had plummeted to a never expected low of just a few thousand, quite hesitantly with extra support garnered by the Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba. What has their agenda been earlier that could draw the crowds and how different is the scenario today that caused the dwindling in the numbers?

In the recent protests staged at Jantar Mantar, Anna Hazare and his then Team Anna, who had not yet disbanded, were not appreciated by the crowd who could not have been more than a thousand. After the indefinite fasts they had been trying to contemplate a politcal alternative to the people. How is another political party a political alternative? To say the least it only adds up to the confusion among the parties that are already present. This statement had drawn criticism from all his supporters from the nation who previously supported him. But is Anna to be blamed? He had announced that he would not be involved politically and his mission was to achieve the Jan Lokpal Bill for the better functioning of the nation. It was his Team members who had embraced and announced the idea of a political party as a political alternative to the crowd. Arvind Kejriwal, and Kiran Bedi among others had been pro-party as a solution to the problem.

To side track a little from the issue of the political party, Ramdev had supported the movement of Anna Hazare at the Jantar Manta protests but why could not Anna Hazare helped him with the same at Ambedkar Stadium. It is true that Arvind Kejriwal had made a surprise presence at the protests but it was on the last day and only after the Team Anna disbanded.

Could this suggest the Anna Hazare have eased on pursuing the cause a little?

There were discrepancies between Ramdev and Team Anna in the issue of support to BJP after Ramdev shook hands with Narendra Modi and gave him a clean chit. Kiran Bedi, another key member of the team had also followed the same lines by refusing to join the protest against BJP claiming that they need the support of BJP. She had distanced herself from Arvind Kejriwal who had agitated in front of the residences of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the BJP President. Kiran Bedi has also asked Anna to step in and give a direction to the movement as "they were losing focus".

A team that originally had begun peacefully has drooped to a new low with street agitations. They have discrepancies among themselves. The party agenda is not very clear to the people. Transparency is out of the question. What is the erstwhile Team Anna thinking? At a time when India needs hope why is Team Anna crumbling?

(AW- Anil)

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