We revere him and hold him in awe because in the recent times he has made the government realize that its arrogance is baseless and real power lies with the people and not the government but that said, anna_hazare anshan against corruptionAnna’s movement is not really sensible and after carefully separating emotions from the facts I guess we can have a clear view of how Anna and his Anshan are not really making sense through following five points:

1.Againt Corruption? All right! What about media?: Anna’s campaign against corruption is primarily driven by media- online and electronic. We wonder if 24*7 news channels and social networking websites were not there would the campaign have been as successful? A major part of the campaign is youth driven but is not this actually due to the coolness quotient of the cause increased several folds by live footage of India Gate and protest sites across the country? Not that we are anyway criticizing the media for its power but point is that does not Anna know how corrupt media itself is. Out of his ‘noble’ cause, media is making a fortune as the TRPs suggest! Anna has been quick and consistent with calling the entire politicians community as crook but what about the media? How can you like some and leave some when it is about an issue like corruption he feels so strongly for. Did we not have fake stings, fixing of ministers, lobbying with the corporate and what not by the ‘holier than thou’ media professionals themselves?

2.Gandhiji believed that change begins with you: Anna has been hailed by people as today’s Gandhi but really? Would Gandhiji have liked people to quit work to sit for fasts? Delhi saw strike by autos and bar association also went on one. Anybody used to traveling in Delhi would know how 99.99% auto-wallahs overcharge and then they go on strike to support Anna, Funny!

Its not just Auto wallahs and why even single out public servants as corrupt, are not all of us corrupt in some way or the other? Respect for Anna would have increased manifold and his efforts would have bore some visible fruits if like Gandhiji; he would have worked from the grassroot level. Corruption is at the end all about one’s own conscience and if that does not stop one from being corrupt no stronger, better, version one, version two, government’s, civil society’s Lokpal Bill ever would! As Gandhiji said, “be the change you wish to see in the world”.

3.Corruption-An issue too big? What about others?: Problem of corruption is a serious one, no denying but we have seen bigger issues then this and only because certain sections of the society are affluent enough to be count as ‘civil’ does not mean an ineffective food security bill would not get equal attention only because it is affecting poor among the poor and they are not on Facebook!

4.If politicians are farce then what are elections?: Anna and team are blissfully ignorant. They seem to have deep rooted contempt for politics but then how do they plan to run the nation if they are getting the support they claim much about? Our democracy lets us do our work while we put the responsibility of running the nation in the hands of the people we choose. Our control is limited to making a wise choice at the time of elections and punishing our elected representative who is not working effectively by not electing him in the future. There is also an option of contesting elections which most of us are wary of. How many young people would choose to go in politics? Infact they don’t even bother to vote or read about politics. They very conveniently ‘just hate’ politics. Solution to a problem lies in knowing it inside and out first and not in running away from it. Until we don’t give credit to politicians who are well read, educated and often good intentioned human beings who are as interested in making the nation better as we are, tussle of this kind would always leave something to be desired.

5. ‘India is a corrupt nation’ vs ‘India is growing to be big’: From the past few days news of Anna’s fast has been picked up by newspapers of repute all over the world and along with the actual news, they are publishing exaggerated accounts of corruption in India. Not just this, they have even compared this to emergency and announced the breakdown of democracy in the country. Is the situation really that grim? Alright government could have done without arresting Anna but isn’t this how the activist-government equations plays. Tagging of Anna as Gandhi and government as brutish is making the coverage look all the more anti-Indian interests. We are in need of foreign capital for growth and conducive international opinion of India’s economy and only that would make feeding and fulfilling aspirations of 113 crores Indians possible. Lets just agree that government of a rising India has so many issues on plate and we can solve corruption by ourselves by simply not indulging in it on an individual basis!


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Author is a media graduate and holds a Masters degree in International Relations from South Asian University (SAARC), New Delhi. Monica is on Google Plus. You can also follow her on Twitter- @trulymonica

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  1. Puneetkumar Pattar on August 17, 2011

    Hi, nice composition. However, I would request you to have a re-look at these thoughts. Check http://www.indiaagainstcorruption.org/publicitymaterial.html and read the points. Have a look at the videos posted. And then, check if you still disagree. If you find time, you might also consider having a look at my post http://puneet3210.blogspot.com/2011/08/anna-hazare-freedom-park-bangalore.html :)

    • Monica Author on August 18, 2011

      so many links and of them one is of ur own post.I wonder you if really had something to say about my article or it was leaving your ‘mark’ behind is what you were interested in!

      • Anticorrupt on August 19, 2011

        Think if any of the stuff you wrote is logical or feasible before writing .
        There is no way the politicians would allow u to stand in elections and win against them

        • Monica Author on August 19, 2011

          Sir I found it logical and feasible that is why I wrote it.
          Politicians come from us only. Don’t we conveniently escape politics in all forms and expect who do it to care for our interests with a great sense of empathy.

  2. Hariharan Valady on August 18, 2011

    One, you need lot of guts write this when the whole world is singing praise. Two, the arguments are good, compelling. But just because media is corrupt, just because there are issues other than corruption,etc, can we ignore or undermine the importance of anti corruption campaign? Also please remember Gandhiji also did not participate in election or governance. (I also do not want to compare Anan with Gandhiji.)

    • Monica Author on August 18, 2011

      I never asked anna to participate in elections.Gandhi fought with imperialists.anna is fighting the system.We have ways to get our grievances addressed now.We can even gather power ourselves.

  3. Animesh K. Mishra on August 18, 2011

    One of its kind of articles, I must clap first for having such a courage to write against the popular fashion:)
    I have been reading a lot of articles on Anna, some praising him and some against him, but points mentioned by you are totally original in nature.
    I also do not endorse what Anna is doing, intentions may be good, but methods are not right. I cannot say much about Anna as I saw two different kind of articles on Anna as a person, some describing him as Gandhi of Modern India and others depicting some facts which raise questions on his integrity. Whatever it is, we need to amend the system before making any such law else it will also fall prey of the same rotten system and will be of no use.
    Do you support Anna? Really?? Why???
    Just like that…

  4. Deeksha Singh on August 18, 2011

    Well Written Monika! Your capacity to look beyond the obvious is commendable! Keep up the good work :)

    • Monica Author on August 19, 2011

      Thanks Deeksha :)

  5. sunny roy on August 18, 2011

    hi monica,really feeling good from heart that you are writing article of high quality but i am coounter charging your five reasons to support Anna Hazzare one by one:
    1ABOUT MEDIA:If strong lokpal bill or strong anti corruption bill will be made media will also be not spared and he had never said all the politicians are crook and its not about liking some one and favouring other once bill is made will apply to each one of us.

    2ABOUT CHANGE:Gandhi ji also called for civil disobidience and non-cooepartion movement so your argument falls flat and about grassroot level,he has started his movement from very grassroot level in his village,ask any person who belongs to pune.

    3FOOD SECURITY BILL:As whole India knows what happens to PDS and food security bill is waiting for the same in absence of strong anti corruption law.

    4ELECTION:Agree with you.

    5India as nation:It will increase the credibility of india and in turn we will be able to win the confidence of international community.

    • Monica Author on August 19, 2011

      thanks sunny :)

      1. I have read the draft of the jan lokpal bill version 2.2 and nowhere has media been held accountable.
      2.gandhiji was fighting foreign presence and a system which was imposed on to us.This system is created by us only preamble- we the people.Corruption as I have said is about ones own conscience and Anna has worked with alcoholics and changed them then why not corrupt.
      3.By food security I did not mean PDS and corruption, goverment is actually drafting an eyewash bill which has provisions for the sake of it.I meant that.
      5. India’s PR is not what it should be.I agree corruption would make our image better but anyway this bill wont help.

  6. saloni on August 22, 2011

    This is not just limited to what you said Monica. I completely disagree with all your points except the one that youth should participate in politics. But do you realise that none of your points actually give the solution to the biggest issue in India- corruption and one man has not only been an eye opener to the masses but also given a solution to the problem strategically.

    Your writing these articles and sayings things about him won’t be of any help to the nation, but his doings, if not completely but to a big extent will change the face of our nation.And in some time, you will be the one enjoying the benefits and maybe appreciating him one day.

    Dont just use words, and like true media person critise every another issue, but also see beyond words and learn to appreciate people’s efforts.

    If people like you sit and criticise such great efforts, things will never change and we will just sit and discuss issues!!!

    • Monica Author on August 22, 2011

      I presented an aspect which mobs chose to ignore or are too naive to recognize.My points are basically questioning the drama and this is certainly not an aim to look for solutions.Somewhere very subtly I have given hints of solutions too.
      Its good that you hold Anna in such awe and trust him for the solution.In that case please ignore my point of view and keep doing that.If this way solution really emerges I would be equally happy.I understand corruption is a problem and as much as you do.I but do not support Jan Lokpal Bill version 2.2 and I do not support Anna and his ways and I stand by my points more strongly then ever.

    • Arvind on July 30, 2012

      Very true @ Saloni…
      Some people always have a reason to critize wat a person is doing, dey don’t look wat he/she is trying to do, wat’s his/her motto. Cheers to u mam

  7. saloni on August 22, 2011

    I think, the whole country can see how anna is making sens…

    But sorry baby- This time,
    You are not making sense!!!

  8. Naqushab on September 19, 2011

    Gr8 job monika..a hundred percent agree from me…all d things which u hav writtn is totally a right perspectiv to luk ont6 d matter.

  9. gaurav on April 29, 2012

    Guys, people like Monika cannot be true indian… If she is nt in favour of anna, can she tell us another way to fight against corruption…

    • Monica Verma Author on April 29, 2012

      Read the article dude.Suggestions are in the body not in the title

  10. gaurav on April 30, 2012

    Dear monica, Do u really think u can change every individual in this country and making a law to change everyone is nt the correct way to fight against corruption. If this is ur suggession, the thanks but ur words cant make our country corruption free. Now let me quote an example 4 u- if a group of students and their teacher both are corrupt, then do u think students should realize and they should change themselves, so that they can choose their teacher wisely next time. Dnt u think making a strict law would be a better idea here. If u still dnt agree and dnt want to support this campgn, then think again, a 74-year-old man, who sits on fast and fight against system just for ur benifits and u just write a senseless article at night sitting at ur home through ur laptop…

    • Arvind on July 30, 2012

      Cheers man(Gaurav)… Very true

  11. gaurav on April 30, 2012

    And what’s the point to talk about media here. Of course media played a big role in the success of this campaign, and anna & his team thanks them for this. Does’t matter they have done this for TRP or what. Its bussiness for them and let them do it. Today when everyone is talking about anna, his agitation, corruption, govt, Your are fousing on media. I think that’s the most senseless thought i have ever heard and that is too to prove anna’s campaign senseless. Wow… Yes we all believe that not only auto wallas, but corrupt bussinessman and many other professionals supported anna’s anshan though they are themselves corrupt. But most of the people cannot stop themselves taking or offering bribe to govt officials. So that is the reason they gather and supported each other so that a law can be applied on them…

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  12. gaurav on August 1, 2012

    raaj- i read ur comments, but m not sure whom u are addressing to? Tell me so that i can consider it accordingly.,

    • Raaj on August 1, 2012

      My comment is for the article written by monica.

  13. YOGESH on August 2, 2012

    you wrote this article only for earning money by using adsence.so jo log log desh ke liye balidan dene ke liye khade hai vaha unko badnam karna band karo. or unka sapport karo.aapne kya kiya hai desh ke liye kam se kam vo to kuch kar rahe hai desh ke liye.apne dil se pooch ke dekho ke tum kya kar rahe ho .

    • Monica Verma Author on August 3, 2012

      haha dude.CPC for politics is dismal.I don’t earn anything by writing such pieces after reading up a lot myself.If money ws wht I ws in for, I wud hv wrote for niche that pay well :P

      • yogesh on August 7, 2012

        sharam to aa nahe rahe hoge . ads dale hue hai or ye kah rahe ho ke .I don’t earn anything by writing such pieces.or 2sre sentence ka answer to diya he nahe aapne. kyu kya ho gaya answer hai he nahe ya likhte vakt kuch jyada he sharam aa gaye.

  14. raghav garg on August 2, 2012

    anna please anashan setle in delhi

  15. Gaurav on August 7, 2012

    Dear Monica, Most of the people do not agree with you. Now stop sarcasm and stop putting negative thoughts here and there. You can show your intelligence somewhere else where you can find people who think like you. If you really want to write for our country or this movement, open your eyes and first understand the meaning of a ‘movement”. It is just for our welfare. If you do not want to support it, it’s fine, but at the end of the day, you would be the one who’ll enjoy the change in the system. If you have a look on any page of history, you’ll find that a movement can never be legal. If it is against something, then it cannot be followed within the same system. To bring a change and to create new laws, we have to break the old laws. That is what Mahatma Gandhi did. Today, We should be grateful to some people who have been sacrificing many comforts of their life and spreading the awareness to the public. It is our responsibility to make the other people aware. Get them realize that the power lies within us. All we need is just to realize it and utilize it where required.

    You raised a question about other issues like food security bill, well if we start searching each and every corruption, they are countless, so is it not fine to pass a strict law which can stop any type of corruption. Even then, Solution of a problem can never be finding other issues and criticizing people who are trying to sort out one issue. Instead, we should support them to resolve one issue so that we can move on to the other issues together.

    Since Anna’s fast has come to an end now, but the movement is still going on. Yes, we could not achieve our targets, but we have achieved a lot of things. You might be feeling happy as that an issue raised by you in your 4th point, seems be happening now. But think again, was it possible without this movement? It is looking possible now because of someone, who sat on a “senseless anshan”. Ask a youngster today, he doesn’t want to become a political leader, but he is thinking to join politics, so that he can change the meaning of the word politics by his good deeds.

    Honestly Monica, you have answers in the questions itself raised by you. Think again, we all are not against you Monica, then why you are against us?

    • Monica Verma Author on August 7, 2012

      I respect your attachment with the movement.I myself am happy with Anna’s decision to join politics.Please read my updated view: http://www.theforthright.com/anna-hazare-joining-politics-good-right/

      For rest of the points, keeping the context in view, I stand by my criticism.Whatever Anna is doing for the nation is wonderful and it certainly has made words like corruption and politics cool for youth.Still whatever little flaws are there, I will point out always!If this movement is not open to judgement than it seems to a really weak effort.

  16. anonymous on August 27, 2012

    I agree with your view point Monica. While I support their intent to reform the system, but their tact and reasoning around this is flawed. They are pointing towards the govt which the citizens of the country elected but not offering a real or practical solution within the realm of democracy. Why is there no open discussion about this? Why so much sycophancy from the supporters? most of them who attest to radical communal groups, who just want to uproot the govt at any cost. The masses as usual want someone to step in and clean the mess. They don’t want to get into the details on how to do this. No discussion about cause and effect. Anna and team are just stepping happily into this vacuum of leadership and riding the emotional wave. They are then coming up with an oversimplified workarounds. I don’t claim to know the solution to the corruption issue, but at the same time encourage citizens to step in and take charge and provide possible solutions. We should also look at other democracies , for eg, Switzerland, which has direct democracy. people vote directly to pass important bills. System of accountability using new innovative methods etc. it’s sad that people just want to take sides without understanding what it means to be part of a democratic system.

  17. Dushyant Sharma on September 9, 2012

    Hi Monica,

    Well written good points but not strong points.
    About Gandhiji, wo bhi dudh ke dhule nahi the, galtiya ki he unhone bhi, aur Gandhiji se kai guna behtar hastiya India me thi but due to ‘Congress’ Gandhiji Rashtrapita ban gaye…
    well about anna hazare and his movement, many people support his movement aur jo directly support nahi de pa rahe wo bhi movement ke sath he…kya kare!! congress ne 66 years me middle-class ko itna majbur bana diya ki dal-roti ki jugad me wo apni basic demands Govt. se nahi kar pate… aur public ke pass koi option bhi to nahi he…UPA & NDA only.
    We need third and fourth options too.
    itne saalo tak baiman netao per bharosa karke kya mila…kam se kam anna aur anna ki team abhi tak saf dikhai de rahi he…let’s give them chance…

    You should write articles against Govt. not against Anna & Team.