The potent and revolutionary fight against corruption of the reverend Annaji and team suffered a setback ostensibly by the thinner crowd it drew this year and the disappointed and cheated team finally deciding to dabble into the political arena. Though it may seem to the team the only means to correct the prevalent corrupt establishment, but it will surely jeopardise the noble movement 'India Against corruption'.
FIRST AND the foremost team Anna is no rockband that they consider their endeavour a failure if large crowds are not attracted to them. Unwavered by the attendance they are getting from the middle class population the team should keep up their fight. One should not forget that this middle class population they are seeking support from is very moody. They cheer and popularise any social issue and then forget it just like they do to any Bollywood blockbuster flick. That is why, I suppose, the much-hyped TV reality show Satyamev Jayte, to assure it's TRPs, raised a new social enigma in each episode, without including remedial actions being taken on the issue addressed in the previous episode.
Just to make an example let us go back to the 90s when the incumbent PM Mr VP singh proposed reservations for the OBC students in Government services and institutions to which the upper caste students rose in revolt and paralysed the city by their anger and agitation.But then L.K. Advani came up with the Rath Yatra
and the youth suddenly lost interest in the reservations matter, and joined the Yatra.
Coming back to the issue, the only reason why Annaji and team were able to garner massive support last year was due to the burning issue of corruption at that time of the year. Political interventions will only dilute the message. Secondly, political success will require funding. Bars will be set so high for Anna Hazare by the high-expecting people demanding greater and unachievable transparency on the sources of funds. The team may have to get into a coalition with other parties - compromising on the cause which gave birth to the team.
Rather than getting dismayed by the lack of attention from the media and people, Team Anna, which will be disbanded, should not deviate and enter into the dirty arena of politics. Like he had done for the RTI act, the Lokpal bill should be put to an open and comprehensive debate. This attempt, though noble, to form a parallel political party to rectify the corrupt ones may seem to the masses as a desperate move from the team to indulge into the lavish and high-rewarding politics.