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Anna Hazare is still wrong

Yesterday’s Times of India features an article with the heading “Anna: If govt doesn’t act, be ready for ‘jail bharo’ stir.” According to this article, Anna Hazare has said, “I have realised that fasting is not the only weapon to make the government toe the line. If the Union government does not promulgate the law before August 15, we will start a ‘jail bharo’ agitation across the country. People of this country are agitated about corruption and they need a clean government.” He further added, “We gained independence but the white rulers seem to have been replaced by brown ones. Issues like exploitation, poverty, injustice are not re¬dressed. The second freedom struggle would be for ensuring clean and pro-people administration.”

I have said it before and I say it again, Anna Hazare as well as Baba Ramdev are pursuing the wrong strategy. Their cause like mine and of others in this country is right, that is, corruption is the cause of everything that is bad in our country and needs to be eliminated. However, as stated by me a number of times on this blog, the strategy adopted by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev is not correct. If the strategy is not correct then however efficiently they may try to implement it, they will not reach their goal. The Civil Society members are fed up and frustrated. Baba Ramdev’s campaign has almost fizzled out. I have given a number of logical reasons of why “fast unto death” will not work.

First, the government on its own cannot pass laws. It needs the parliament to pass the laws. Till now the political parties have not been involved. Once they get involved, the Lokpal bill will become a compromise bill and not an effective bill.

Second, if Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev succeed in what they are doing, they will have destroyed the very foundation of democracy. If they are correct in their approach then why do we need to have elections? Where is the need to have a parliament to make laws. If we do not have elections, then who rules the government? Do we make laws by people going on “fast unto death?” Both these gentlemen are acting like vigilantes. As it is, we have a serious law and order problem in this country and according to me, Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are adding to the problem. This would be one step closer to making India a banana country if we already not one considering the recent scams that we have witnessed.

Third, I have always maintained that laws are not the major problem. Implementation of the law is. Even if Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev by some stroke of luck or government’s stupidity manage to pass the Lokpal Bill, who will implement it? Who will fund it? The same guys who you think are corrupt. I had read an article which, if I remember right, stated that consumer courts were set up to give speedy justice to harassed consumers but today there are a large number of cases pending and it takes longer than planned to get a decision out these courts. So what is the problem? Lack of resources. So, we also need implementation in our hands just like Nitish Kumar has in Bihar. The law was there to arrest Raja but he was only arrested after the Supreme Court intervened. There is a law against illegal construction and mining but the same goes on because the laws don’t get enforced because of corruption.

I have stated earlier that both Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev will have to keep going on fast every other week to get the laws passed and then implemented. They will get tired and so will the public. It will no longer be news.

However, both Anna Hazare and Ramdev have realized that their “fast unto death” approach will not work. Anna Hazare has realized it as he has admitted his frustrations in his above statement. Now Anna Hazare wants to fill up jails and Baba Ramdev wants to raise an army. What I am surprised it that they still haven’t got it. Who will suffer? The aam admi who follows these gentlemen. We have already seen that it was the aam admi who got hurt when the cops landed up to clear the Ram Lila grounds and break up Ramdev’s fast. Imagine the fate of the aam admi if he makes the stupid mistake of joining Ramdev’s army or Anna’s “Jail Bharo” campaign. Today, the aam admi is already stressed out trying to make both ends meet and now they are expected to land up in jail or fight a war while they and their families suffer.

Now, I would even agree to land up in jail along with Anna Hazare provided there was no other alternative because I am as fed up with corruption as any other person in this country. I know there is an alternative available. This alternative is winning elections and winning with a clear majority. I know what you must be thinking. Is this guy crazy or has he had a couple? I will let you decide.

Please note that only now after winning elections can Mamta Banerjee do what she has in mind in Bengal. All her protests didn’t help much. Now she can make laws and implement them. Jayalalitha has been able to break the monopoly of the Marans by taking over the cable distribution. Nitish Kumar was able to pass laws and implement them. He was able to confiscate the properties of corrupt officials and turn them into schools. Without winning elections, all these people were helpless just like we are.

Today, Anna Hazare is talking about a second revolution and to get our country back from the corrupt. Well, that is what I have been talking about on my blog as well as on my website. What more. Even the title of my book is “Second Revolution – Let get our country back from the corrupt.” However, we differ on the question of how do we conduct the second revolution and take our country back from the corrupt. I say we strive to win clear majority in elections in one shot while Anna Hazare wants to to fill up jails and Ramdev wants to raise an army.

In management, we talk about effectiveness and efficiency. Effectiveness is the path chosen or the strategy. If the strategy is incorrect, whatever we may do we will not reach the goal. This is where Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are stuck. Efficiency refers to how efficiently we implement the chosen path or the strategy. Now you may ask, do I have a plan to win elections by clear majority? I would say that taking the current mood of the nation, I think I have a plan that is worth trying.

If you want to know the details, keep yourself tuned to my blog.

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S.P. ManchandaJune 13th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Dear Sir,
I fully agree with you. The change will come not by fasting (those in power are insensitive and manipulative) but by asserting our rights. In the present scenario, RTI is the best tool. Let the people like Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi etc. win elections and make team of activists in every department/ ministry to fight corruption and expose corrupt.

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avinash narula Reply:

SPM hi!

Thanks for your response. I think the following also supports my argument.

Baba Ramdev is out. According to Congress, Anna Hazare has become the “unelected tyrant.” Pranab says that the government will not let the power of the parliament be usurped. Sitaram asks, “Are we the uncivil society? Also, a case has been filed against the inclusion of civil society members in the drafting committee.

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catakamJune 16th, 2011 at 8:19 am

With G8 respect towards our elected / unelected elders~comrades fighting against corruption and bad governance:

LOOK FOR A BETTER ROAD – I MEAN BETTER PEOPLE TO SERVE OUR NATION!

I would pray for the gods to descend and teach the POLITICIANS all the lessons that was taught in the past by the avatars / messengers [Moses, Budha, Jesus, Mohamad the Prophet]…

For heavens sake lets all unite and make this world a better place to live…let’s make our children proud of us!
May GOD show the elected and unelected the path to bring back the Indian wealth and wisely use them to invest for the needy citizens to cherish, to protect and leave nature as is to allow the future generations live healthy…

I remember a poem by Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken ~
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference…

Come on Congressmen – ARISE, AWAKE AND ACCOMPLISH WHAT OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES DID NOT I quote this poem so all of us make a CHANGE from now on and choose what is RIGHT!

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NehaJune 19th, 2011 at 6:56 am

Mr. Anna is fighting against own people. This is even more tougher than Gandhiji fighting against British. Sonia is mother of all corrupt politicians. That is the reason Most Corrupt people of country belongs to congressmen. BJP/RSS is not very behind. They are very opportunistics. they never agitated for corruption because this will attarct votes for themselves. Yes they can vouch from RAM MNADIR which is not going to provide us ROTI,KAPDA AUR MAKAN to AAM AADMAI. Digvijay,Sibbal,Chidambaram all should learn from NITISH KUMAR.

But Annaji,for this noble cause,Next generation onwards will worship as GOD if you become successful in implementing equitable LOKPAL Bill.

We are with you. Keep it continue.

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Abhijit GadgilJune 24th, 2011 at 7:11 am

Dr. Thambi Durai (AIADMK Lok Sabha Member) is corrupt to the core as per the text of the below mail sent by students in a college run by Dr. Thambi Durai and his relatives. Dr. Thambi Durai is investigating 2G spectrum scam, but he is in collusion with DMK members as per the text of the below mail. How do you expect the truth to come out? Do you think there will be action from Speaker of the Lok Sabha or from his party leadership.

We have to support Anna Hazare and eliminate corrupt politicians. Students should support Anna Hazare


Addressed From:
Student Reprsentatives of Adhiyaman College of Engineering

Addressed To:
Smt. MEIRA KUMAR, LOK SABHA SPEAKER
20 Akbar Road, New Delhi – 110 011

ACTION REQUESTED: STUDENTS REQUEST – DISQUALIFY DR. THAMBI DURAI FROM 2G SPECTRUM SCAM JOINT PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE & MP

Respected Madam,

We request you to remove Dr. Thambi Durai (AIADMK MP) from 2G spectrum scam JPC. Following reasons
- We are students and college staff members in Adhiyaman College of Engineering (Address: Dr. MGR Nagar, Hosur, Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, PIN CODE – 635109). Dr. Bhanumathi is our Chairperson (Wife of Dr. Thambi Durai)
- Dr. Thambi Durai is a corrupted individual. In our opinion, he is not qualified to investigate corruption of other politicians.
- He and his wife own about 10 Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu and many other colleges in Faridabad, UP (Adhiyaman Educational Trust). Their value is Rs. 3000 Crore rupees, but his election affidavit hides this detail. Many in college management told that he gave false details to Election commission. Election Commission, please start investigation
- Tamil Nadu state Government Education department stipulates Engineering colleges should collect tuition fees as per their ceiling limits (Approx. Rs. 45,000 per year). But Adhiyaman Engineering college authorities collect money from students at a double rate (Rs. 80,000 per year). Forcing poor middle class students to pay higher fees is a crime. We have evidence records to prove.
- College Management prepares fake salary vouchers to show to UGC and AICTE. College staff is paid very less salary in hand. They are also angry about this cheating
- Even when DMK was ruling, Adhiyaman college authorities were never afraid about the Government and still collected higher tuition fees. Thambi Durai has friends in DMK and he used to threaten in case of student complaints. How do you expect him to probe and bring out truth in 2G scam when DMK members are his friends
- In DMK ruling, Thambi Durai and his Management involved in several corrupt dealings to receive Government aids and licenses. To change our college status (Government aided college status), college Management paid Rs. 50 Lakh to former Vice Chancellor Dr. Radha Krishnan. Later Dr. Radha Krishnan was arrested (corruption). One AICTE inspection member was also paid by Dr. Radha Krishnan. We have bank transaction details proof and willing cooperate in secret. This money was given to a trust owned by Dr. Radha Krishnan’s wife in Coimbatore.
- Dr. Thambi Durai bribed many Vice Chancellors and Education Minister in DMK period. He is involved in many money dealings with them and he made two Vice Chancellors (Dr. Viswanathan and Dr. S. Kaliappan) to join his party (AIADMK). Vice Chancellors helped Dr. Thambi Durai in many approvals and licenses. No complaint about Adhiyaman college is never investigated by Education Department
- UGC members and AICTE members are also paid in money for keeping quiet. Old Coimbatore VC Radha Krishnan knows all details
- We have no trust State Government will take action. No action in DMK government and definitely no action in AIADMK government
- Relatives of Bangalore Court Judge (B M Mallikarjuniah) studying in our college. Tuition is completely free for them. Everything is free for them. This Judge is handling some important cases related to MP Mr. Thambi Durai. Sometimes relatives of this judge stayed in our Guest house. He can even bribe Judges, and close the case. Very powerful person
- He used many staff members and students to give money voters in Karur (MP election in 2009). 70 crores spent in election. Unaccounted money in Adhiyaman Educational trust was illegally transferred to Karur and distributed to voters (Rupees 500 for one vote, Rupees 2000 for one family). It is an open secret in college.

Based on reasons, please remove corrupt AIADMK MP Dr Thambi Durai from 2G spectrum JPC and disqualify him as MP. Please start corrupt cases against him. Jail him.
If no action from you, we go for hunger strike. Some of our poor students, suffering from high tuition fees, are planning to
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Respectfully,
Student Representatives of Adhiyaman Engineering College & Management Staff

Carbon Copy To:
1) Mr. PC Chacko, MP, JPC Chairperson
2) CEC, Election Commission of India
3) 2G JPC Members
4) Chief Vigilance Commission
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14) Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party “

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