The history of India boasts of a lot of great movements which being outside of the political struggle of power and selfish objectives of individual dividends of fame and status played great role in reformation of our political class and their social dissidents. Starting from Joy Prakash Narayan to the likes of Sundarlal Bahuguna to Baba Amte to the hilarious greatness of Medha Patekar, apolitical movement towards building a social consensus had travelled the long paths of India's troubled democracy. For the last one and half year economic corruption of political leaders and administrative peoples in power has fueled a movement which is completely new in its mass appeal and raging popularity. This movement led by a down to earth, simple living and simple conversing social worker, named Anna Hazare took the centre stage of all political debates and drama so much so that the many political and social analysts are right in commenting positive on the popularity of the movement when they say that India is going through a consensus wave called anti corruption. All other controversies regarding the virtuosity and political objective of the movement one thing with which most commentators from India and abroad are agreed upon is the peculiarly down to earth virtue of the leader of the movement, Anna Hazare. We would see in the following discussion some of the great qualities of this man which rightly took him to the helm of the movement as its irreplaceable leader. Now Anna Hazare and India's anti corruption movement are spoken with the same breath and force and we all know they are inseparable.
A common Indian born and named as Anna Hazare
He was born in a lower middle class family long before the independence in the year 1937. From his childhood he has seen the crisis and trauma of poverty through his father who at that time used to work in a pharmacy shop and his regular financial struggle to main his family well being had made lasting impression on Anna. So when at the age of 75 Anna from one rally to another is yelling for the rights of living hood for common Indian, we know his inspiration and agony is that of a insider, of someone who knows the inevitable helplessness and struggle of poverty.
Corruption was always there, so what new?
Yes, the corruption of politicians and people who stays close to the centers of power has always tended to become corrupted. From a petty official in the local municipal corporation to a powerful minister at centre to the local building promoter, all have a share in the gigantic money drawing wheel of corruption and the small fries who ate grinded through this oppressive turning of wheel have hardly anything to say because once they are given the same opportunity or chance they are the same partakers of the share of unsolicited wealth and riches. So corruption is only a surface phenomenon of a larger context of social and cultural reality which is essentially born from the vilest of human characteristics, that is greed. But can anybody take vow to take control if greed, especially when global capitalism is most creative in offering you with new and newer methods of inspiring your grid, your mouth watering, eye gleaming wishes and ambitions? Actually we have come too far, travelled to away from our essential root from where as a race we have bloomed and to go back to the quintessence of our existential truth one has to take so many challenges and that is a huge task. So like any great social movement after winning over many legislative decisions and power enhancing measures for the masses the movement can proclaimed to be successful but the permanent cure of the disease is far away and no one take vow to extinguish the disease, at least now. This is the social and philosophical context with which we should evaluate the greatness of Anna Hazare and India's anti Corruption Movement.
Definitely every great social movement depends on the man at their helm to guide them with right teaching, directing them with proper objectives and above all inspiring them with personal honesty, transparency and integrity and Anna is irreplaceable in all these. Right now the great public consensus initiatives by Anna Hazare and India's anti corruption movement deserve to be respected by every citizen.
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