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An open letter to Anna Hazare

Dear Annaji,

If this letter was written last year, it would have been a letter of appreciation about your movement. Now one year down the line you have made me cynical. Cynical, about you and your movement. Cynical, because your movement has lost its direction. Cynical, because you have started speaking in different voices. A movement that promised so much has failed to cross the finish line.

The first issue is, what is the movement’s main cause? Last year the movement was only about Jan Lokpal. This year the focus is more on the resignation of 15 ministers and to set up a Special Investigation Team to probe them. The issue of lokpal has taken a back seat. This shift has made a huge dent in your movement’s image. The demand of Lokpal was realistic. You took a lot of effort to explain to the masses about the lokpal bill and how important it is in the fight against corruption. This year when you want the ministers to resign, you are not coming up with the exact charges and proof of their corruption. Just like last year you must educate people about the corruption committed by these ministers. If you can do that then the people themselves will come to the streets and demand their resignation.

The next issue is, what is your way forward? Last year you were averse to join politics. After the recent fast you wanted to give people a political alternative. Now you are contemplating to revert to your earlier stance of supporting honest candidates. You were hailed as a modern day Mahatma Gandhi and your movement was compared to the Jayaprakash Narayan’s movement against emergency. Jayaprakash Narayan at the end formed the Janata Party. But those were different circumstances. Is the formation of a political party the best option at this stage? With so much infighting on this issue, first you should try and get a consensus within your team.

If you are going political, then you have a lot to do in the next couple of years. From the very basic things like its name, symbol, to where and how you are going to contest, a lot of time and deliberation is required to work out everything. Money is another important factor. You are going to prove that elections can be won without money and muscle power. But you seem to be a one policy party. “In the next two years if the government enacts the janlokpal we will exit politics straightaway.”, Arvind Kejriwal wrote in his letter to the volunteers after the end of his anshan. Can a political party win elections only to fight corruption? A government in power is not like an anshan. You form the political party, come to power, pass the lokpal bill, and then wrap up and go home. Is that going to be our country’s future?

On the contrary if your plans are to support honest candidates, start carrying an honesty detector for better identification of people. You should be knowing some magic formula to identify such people. It is guaranteed that after 2014 there will be 543 Raja Harishchandra’s in Lok Sabha.

If this movement was really for the lokpal, by the people of this country, then the team members would not be speaking in different voices. The announcement about your political party should have been made after all the consultations were over and when a final decision was reached. The constant flip flops shows cracks in your team and the decisions are taken by a coterie who are trying to convince each other. At the end, the inevitable happened and you disbanded the team. So does that mean you have no confidence in the team and it has no future?

With a dysfunctional parliament and a wave of corruption in the air this was the best time for you to make an impact. Two years have gone since the fight for lokpal started. When you started out is this where you wanted the movement to reach after two years? Last year I really wanted to come to Ram Lila to render my support to you. But today I am quite happy where I am.  I guess somewhere in the middle you just lost the plot.