Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal : No Room For Mistakes

It is the all out effort of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party to make Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare fight against each other. How well Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare understand this fact, we don’t know. But if they do not pay attention to it, then all those people who are their admirers will not only be confused, but will also be disappointed. At this point of time, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party want  by any means to rid themselves of the allegations levelled against them and there is no better way of doing so than creating a fight between Anna and Arvind Kejriwal. The way in which Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia are making their strategies, perhaps those strategies are not being liked by a few colleagues of Anna. A few supporters of Arvind Kejriwal who want to bring themselves at par with Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia are also trying that if they criticise the steps taken by Anna Hazare then they would be considered big leaders. This is what a few supporters of Anna Hazare are feeling  that the more they criticise Arvind Kejriwal, the closer they will be considered to Anna. The reality is that people from both the sides are intentionally or unintentionally playing into the hands of the opponents of Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal.
Television is a big medium for this. There are a few people who know neither the reasons behind the occurrence of happenings in society nor are they familiar with the pain of the common people. These people come on television channels and discuss the contradictions of society. This is happening in both the mediums in the English news channels and in the Hindi news channels. The television channels also take a lot of delight in this, because they try to invite those people who have surface level knowledge. Actually, this situation is applicable to all the people speaking on any topic, but today we are speaking about the colleagues and associates of Anna and Kejriwal.
Arvind Kejriwal has filled in that vacant spot of the Opposition in Delhi which the Bharatiya Janata Party had left vacant. The actual meaning of Opposition is not just to raise questions related to the sorrow and problems of the people in the media, but also to take them along and stand in front of the Government. This should have been done by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the State of Delhi, but the Bharatiya Janata Party because of their loss in the last three elections has become so disappointed that it has even stopped performing the rituals of Opposition. Arvind Kejriwal has not only filled this spot, but has also made it strong. Today, whenever there is a demonstration by Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, then his workers are not found, because Arvind Kejriwal does not have workers with him now. Instead, people who come of their own free will are found, who by wearing a cap written ‘Mai Aam Aadmi Hoon’ on their heads become the workers of Arvind Kejriwal. To solve their problems, this is the way of the people for expressing active opposition in front of the Government which goes against the present political system. The direct meaning of this is that the public does not like the activities of the present political parties.

The responsibility of Anna Hazare is more than Arvind Kejriwal’s. The values for which Anna Hazare has been fighting, the context of those values, the importance of those values and the relevance of those values will have to be explained to his associates by Anna, because without knowing the meaning behind the words of changing politics and society, the words cannot be conveyed. Anna has to explain in depth to all the people in his core committee about the similarity between the interests of Gandhivad, Socialism, Constitution, poor, farmers, labourers, Dalits, deprived sections, backward segments, Adivasis and Muslims and the contradictions that run along with this similarity. If Anna does not explain this to his associates, then even if Anna keeps on saying that he wants to change society, politics and the system,  his colleagues will keep on saying make the CBI impartial or hand over the responsibility of the CBI to the Jan Lokpal.

When Anna Hazare took to a new path of a different agitation and separated from Arvind Kejriwal, then the people of the ruling side and the Opposition side were happy of course, but those people from the media were also happy who perceive the whole gamut of politics in the ruling and the Opposition party. Now when on 29 October in Mumbai, Anna Hazare along with General V.K. Singh raised their demand of dissolving the Parliament of the country and announced holding agitations as a consequence if this demand was not met, then all those people whose interests are in the present political parties became worried. They do not want Anna and V.K. Singh to travel across the country, but only run social movements. Put the political questions on the sidelines. One more effort of theirs has started and that is to separate Anna Hazare and V.K. Singh. For this, efforts are being made by both open and covert methods. A few newspapers and few television channels and a few columnists want by any means to complete this unholy work. Probably some people of the country with big money are also feeling the danger of Anna Hazare. So they want to blunt the sharpness of Anna Hazare or want to de-accelerate the pace of Anna. For this, the process of their efforts at throwing nets on the associates of Anna is on.
The responsibility of Anna Hazare is more than Arvind Kejriwal’s. The values for which Anna Hazare has been fighting, the context of those values, the importance of those values and the relevance of those values will have to be explained to his associates by Anna, because without knowing the meaning behind the words of changing politics and society, the words cannot be conveyed. Anna has to explain in depth to all the people in his core committee about the similarity between the interests of Gandhivad, Socialism, Constitution, poor, farmers, labourers, Dalits, deprived sections, backward segments, Adivasis and Muslims and the contradictions that run along with this similarity. If Anna does not explain this to his associates, then even if Anna keeps on saying that he wants to change society, politics and the system, his colleagues will keep on saying make the CBI impartial or hand over the responsibility of the CBI to the Jan Lokpal. The Jan Lokpal will work on the basis of a weapon to change society and perform, secondly, the work of a super investigative agency, which means that it will perhaps not work to strengthen this system.
I feel that Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal understand this problem very minutely. Their responsibility is also the biggest and if they make even a minute mistake in fulfilling their responsibilities, then the belief of the people in the language of change will evaporate.

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