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.
Indian Railways is the king of India's public sector undertakings, a mega-government business, an activity that the government has REFUSED to get out of, even though it makes no sense for a government to directly manage any business.
What Anna is doing is not any more unconstitutional than the legal guardians of the Constitution do by their extremely corrupt practices. These guardians are subverting the Constitution day in and day out.
In an interesting development, grassroots innovation is becoming mainstream in India. For instance, retail giant Future Group recently unveiled Nutraceutical Cookies, developed by three tribal women innovators from Panchmahal in Gujarat.
While condemning the short detention of Anna Hazare and his colleagues, it is nevertheless pertinent to understand what the Magsaysay Award really is especially in the wake of the United States’ official support to the anti-corruption agitation led by three Magsaysay awardees.