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Are more protests the answer in the fight against corruption?

You know I feel guilty not agreeing with Anna Hazare or Arvind Kejriwal. Why? Simply because these guys are actually doing something. They are protesting, marching towards PM’s house, fasting and even getting beat up with lathis. More importantly, they are spending practically all their time fighting against corruption. What am I doing? I am just sitting on the computer and critizing them for their actions. On the other hand, I feel that I am fighting corruption in my own way. I am trying to convince them to alter their strategy as there is a better alternative available.

First, I have always insisted that the solution to controlling corruption is by taking over the government through elections. At least, Anna Hazare realized this and said on the TV that “What can we do? They are in power.” It was also announced by Team Anna that a political party will be floated to fight against corruption. I don’t know whether this decision was arrived by their own review of their strategy or may be somebody read my blogs but I am glad that they finally agreed with what I was saying all along.

Since I thought Arvind Kejriwal is on the right track, a few days back I wrote a letter to him which is reproduced below:

“Dear Arvind:

First, let me admit that I have been a critic of Team Anna. Critic not of the cause but of the method.

The cause of corruptioon is my cause too. I made a small effort by opening a website and blogging about the issue (www.vote2change.org). My thinking has evolved overtime but you can read some of my thoughts on the subject on my website and blog. For about a year, I have not updated my website or blogged because of personal reasons.

I think you are now on the right path, that is, contesting elections. I have some thoughts on the subject especially on the strategy / implementation part and I was wondering if your group would be interested in hearing me out.

By the way, I am not a politician and don’t want to be one in the traditional sense of the term. I am interested in becoming part of what I like to call “Country Management.” I had planned to fight elections and may do so in 2014. However, I know that even if I win, this act of mine as an individual will not help in any manner. We need to take control of the government. Hence this letter to you.

My profile is available on the above website, If interested, please give me a call.”

If you have visited my website www.vote2change.org, you will realize that I wanted to fight corruption by contesting elections but changed my mind because I realized that till we can control the government, my fighting elections would be useless. Over the last 2/3 years I have developed a plan to take over the government to bring about accountability that BJP is talking about and to try to reduce corruption if not completely eradicate it. I believe the timing is right and Arvind Kejriwal and his team is probably the right medium through which my plan can be implemented successfully. Hence, the above letter to Arvind Kejriwal.

Protesting will not get us anywhere. It will just waste everybody’s time and result in loss of national resources. Some people may even get injured. None of the netas are going to be inconvenienced by protests. It will be the aam admi just like you and me who will be inconvenienced.

So, I suggest to Arvind Kejriwal, forget protests and focus on implementing the election strategy. Of course, I have some ideas which may help us in taking over the government which I can share with him.

Avinash Narula

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