Critics would contend that there are thousands of NGOs who are surviving on the grants of World Bank. That is not an issue. The issue is whether, the IAC team is in some way playing in the hands of these institutions.
There are many reasons for the Anna Hazare drama at Ramlila Maidan, which finally concluded with the government getting the fast called off on a mere verbal assurance to ‘look sympathetically’ at the demands made.
Rahul Gandhi's speech in the Parliament lends weight to suspicions that one objective of the Ramlila Maidan blitz is to destabilise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and elevate Mr Rahul Gandhi to the office.
Given the recent developments, it was difficult to avoid commenting on the India Against Corruption (IAC) campaign led by Anna Hazare. Let me clarify at the onset that I don’t support Anna’s version of the Jan Lokpal Bill and the intransigent campaign through which he seeks to get the proposal implemented.
The good news – Anna Hazare has finally stepped down BIG TIME from his earlier threats and within hours of this blog post being published, will end his fast. He seems to have realised that "some of his demands were not just unworkable but also unconstitutional".
Appropriating the motifs of the anti-colonial struggle against the British Raj, the anti-corruption movement that has been gathering momentum for months erupted in full force, staging the most widespread popular demonstrations in decades.
The Congresswalas are touchy on any issue raised in connection with Sonia and Rahul. On the other hand, Sonia and Rahul do not help matters by sitting in the ivory tower and dictating the course of the nation through the opaque fortress walls.