What is wrong? What should be done?

I told you so. Team Anna’s plan will not work.

I had been away for quite some because of personal reasons, I am back. Also, the fight against corruption has taken a new turn.

I had predicted that Anna Hazare’s campaign will not yield result and that is exactly what has happened. It is unfortunate that Team Anna again decided to go on indefinite fast and finally had to give up with a promise to fight corruption by contesting elections. Some say it was to save face. I hope that Arvind Kejriwal and others are serious about it. This is the only way we can take our country back and I have been shouting about it at the top of my voice but nobody is listening.

A lot of people have criticised Team Anna’s decision. Swaminathan who writes the column “swaminomics” in Times of India have given a lot of reasons why disbanded Team Anna should not contest elections and also why they would fail. I agree with most of them. However, I feel there is a window of opportunity as far as 2014 elections are concerned. If the anti corruption movement does not grab power in 2014, then they would lose the momentum. As such, I feel that it is critical that they grab power in 2014 and I would say that they have a fighting chance to do. Anna has said that one needs Rs. 10-15 crores per seat to contest elections. I think with the mood of the country and combining the strengths of people like Anna, Baba Ramdev and others of the anti corruption movement, we have a good chance to take our country back. Having money to back helps but I think today we can takeover the government without money because today Team Anna has credibility, legal resources, a volunteer organization and the most important that the public is fed-up with corruption. People believe in the cause.

Keep yourself logged-in here if you want to know more on how we can do it, that is, take our country back by taking control of the government.

Avinash Narula

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