The common men are so angry and frustrated at the prevalence of widespread corruption in the country at every level that they are inclined to support anyone who would involve himself in the anti corruption crusade. This explains the spontaneous support being received by the anti corruption crusaders like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev at national level.
Obviously, the Government of India is on the backfoot , as several members of the government are guilty of indulging in massive corruption deals. The government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh has become morally weak.
At the same time, leaders like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev should channalise the people’s anger in positive manner without involving themselves in precipitating the issues by going on fast, which may lead to widespread national disturbance and violence by making common men come to the streets to protest and may become counter productive in the long run. A few thousand people protesting on the streets in a few cities can paralyse national life , as has been repeatedly seen in the recent past.
With so much of people’s and media support, Baba Ramdev should position himself as a focus point of positive anti corruption energy and not become an architect of national disturbance by going on fast at this stage. He should give Manmohan Singh’s government some room to implement anti corruption measures , by weeding out the corrupt elements from everywhere including the government. It has to be kept in mind that Dr. Manmohan Singh has recently said repeatedly about his anti corruption commitments. Why not believe him particularly since he has the mandate of the people to rule for five years ?
Gandhian strategy of fasting is the ultimate weapon and Baba Ramdev should not use it in a pre mature manner, particularly since Anna Hazare has already used this weapon once. The ultimate weapon of fasting should not be made to become weak by such repeated use at frequent intervals by different persons for the same cause.
N S Venkataraman
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