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PostSubject: Anna hazare   Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:54 am

Baba Ramdev gives booster shot to Team Anna's campaign

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ew Delhi, Jul 28: With the anti-corruption protest fast planned by Team Anna and headed by crusader Anna Hazare not evoking enthusiastic response from supporters, yogu guru Baba Ramdev made a fervent plea to those gathered at the Jantar Mantar to render their unconditional support to the cause.

Baba Ramdev was at the fast venue on Friday when he noted that the anti-graft movement by Anna had lost its sheen and people were slowly withdrawing their support to this much-hyped crusade. Speaking to mediapersons later, he added that for a movement to be successful, mass support was essential.

Ramdev has been quoted as saying, "I do not want to make comments against anyone. I have a lot of respect for Anna Hazare and want to bring change in the society. But for any mass movement to be called successful, participation of nearly one per cent of the total population is a must."

As Ramdev came on to the protest venue, the crowds started swelling but soon diminished as soon as he left Jantar Mantar. In an effort to boost the supporter's spirit, Ramdev commented, "This is a brave act by any person who wants to dedicate his life for the development of the country. Every Indian should join hands with Anna Hazare and his associates who are fasting for such a noble cause. This is a country of 1.21 billion people and not an ancestral property of any political party."

Baba Ramdev also urged the spirited supporters to refrain from hurling allegations at the country's first citizen, President Pranab Mukherjee since he holds the most coveted position in the country.

He added, "There is provision in the Constitution that a case cannot be registered against the President of the country, not even a FIR. If the Constitution of the country has given the President such a respectable position, then we should not make allegations against the person holding the position.
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PostSubject: Annas party would be a great blunder    Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:55 pm

Dear Anna Hazare,Frustrated by your failure to draw large crowds or sway Parliament,you have decided to convert your India Against Corruption movement into a political party.This is madness.Please abandon the idea.

A mass movement can flourish on a single issue like fighting corruption.A single-issue movement can draw support from many existing institutions and parties.It can bring together those who quarrel on many issues,but are willing to join hands on corruption.It attracts people because its message is simple and clear.

But if you form a political party,you distract attention from your big message.A movement can be based on a single issue,but a political party has to take a stand on a wide array of issues.This will irretrievably dilute your focus on corruption.

Your supporters are divided on issues other than corruption.Prashant Bhushan is a red-hot socialist who wants to hugely increase state powers.But others see that the state itself as the very fount of corruption,and campaign for economic liberalisation.Some of your supporters are devotees of Baba Ramdev or the RSS.But others are staunch secularists who cannot stand Ramdev or the RSS.Many Muslims back you on corruption,but hate Ramdev.

Creating a party will stir up all the contradictory ideologies and passions that your supporters have set aside to focus on corruption.Why jeopardise the unity of your supporters An angry public hates existing political parties.Why convert yourself into yet another hate object
You want to fight elections to sway politics.But raising money to fight elections can taint you beyond redemption.Success in politics entails alliances and coalitions,and this will mean compromises with the very parties you castigate as corrupt.

You feel humiliated today as a movement that is ignored by parties.Alas,you will face far greater humiliation when your party is,inevitably,thrashed at the polls.Voters vote tactically for parties they think can come to power,and you will not qualify save in very few areas.Electoral defeat will make your claim to speak for India ring hollow.

The problem is that you and your team have been spoiled by the mass public attention you attracted last year.You incorrectly thought you had suddenly become great national leaders.Dead wrong.You were important not in yourself,only as a channel for middle-class anger against existing corrupt political parties.

You are puzzled and frustrated that that you no longer command huge crowds.The lesson is simple: dont trust the middle class to give you sustained support.The middle class has a very wide rage of interests.It can get angry on one issue for months,and then switch altogether to other issues.This was demonstrated in the anti-Mandal student agitation of 1990.When the Prime Minister VP Singh proposed reservations for OBCs (other backward castes) in government service and educational institutions,Delhis upper caste students rose in revolt at what they viewed as casteism triumphing over merit.Thousands of marchers paralysed the city,and college students started immolating themselves day after day.No political party could stem it.The movement looked phenomenally strong.

But then along came L K Advani's Rath Yatra.The middle class suddenly lost interest in the supposed iniquity of OBC reservations and switched to the mandir-masjd issue.The anti-reservation movement that once looked so strong just vanished,never to return.

Annaji,a national anti-corruption platform cannot be based on support from Delhis middle class or TV anchors.You must get back to the grassroots,strengthen your movement there first,and then expand upward.Learn from Mahatma Gandhi,who did not go on Dandi marches or fasts every few months,or abandon fasts because the crowds were not large enough.He spent most of his life in grassroots work at his ashrams,and only occasionally launched satyagrahas against the British Raj.He did not seek quick success,or switch strategies because the government was ignoring him.
You have failed to conquer Delhi.Instead of seeking a quickfix in a new political party,please accept that the way to change India is not from Delhi downward but from the grassroots upwards.You have so far enjoyed credibility as a grassroots crusader seen to be above politics.Join politics,and you may doom yourself.

You have more dependable fans and followers in Maharashtra than you will ever have in Delhi.Please go back to your grassroots and try to cleanse Maharashtra first.If you cannot cleanse Maharashtra,why imagine you can cleanse India
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