I read Anna Hazare contrary to my initial impression has been active. He hails from Maharashtra where he is a law unto himself. In other words he is extra-constitutional authority.He is known to impose punishment as he seems fit. A villager under his feudal fiefdom will be tied to a pole in front of the village temple and publicly flogged. Several men undergo this, one of whom, a vice sarpanch of the village, says: “I was drinking. I was … tied to the pole and flogged two-three times. It is normal. ” He believes in forced vasectomy. He believes that corrupt people should be hanged — literally hanged to death and so on. ‘So has the frog in the well believed. What if the frog has not cleaned up the mess in that well either the frog is a crackpot or one that is less than what he pretends to be. Anna Hazare has let the biggest crooks in his backyard go scot-free and executed his righteous indignation on the weak and the backward laborers who in his Bill of Rights are only entitled to Rs 50 for male and 30 per day for female coolies. Forget the gender politics and caste politics. Anna Hazare is a loose cannon and he is more likely to prove a paper tiger .
He is now middle class hero and youth icon. On what solid grounds any right minded person might ask? Hence the title. I had in recent posts touched on this nine day wonder as a fable. I also did a cartoon. Beyond this I do not think he holds any interest to me. Let me quote finally a perceptive article I came across by chance:
‘The Anna Hazare phenomenon is what one could term the Rorschach Effect in Politics. A couple of years ago, Barack Obama wisely pointed out, “I am like a Rorschach test.” During his presidential campaign, his supporters saw in him whatever they wanted to: an anti-Bush, a liberal messiah, a pragmatic and non-partisan moderate, and suchlike…’
(ack:http://in.news.yahoo.com/blogs/opinions/rorschach-effect-indian-politics-amit Verma of 21 April)
For those who think he is an unshakeable anchor in a time of organized corruption and communal malevolence he is most likely to be proved as a broken reed.
Moral: Fools who choose a paper tiger to set them on the right path do not deserve anything better.