Friday, April 8, 2011

Anna Hazare Wins One More Time

Victory to Anna Hazare!
The Indian icon of honesty Mr. Anna Hazare is in news again. Padma Bhushan Anna Hazare born on January 15, 1940, has been a well known social worker. This time he is again victorious with the Government of India agreeing to his demands for a joint drafting committee for the proposed Lokpal Bill that will establish a mechanism to deal with corruption in high places. He will end his fast unto death in the morning of Saturday (Indian time) when an agreement between him and government will be signed. We may perceive it as victory of the people. Reports say social media and sms-ing were used intensely to mobilize people to stand by Anna Hazare. My wife has on her facebook wall, put a relevant question (reproduced below):

Gunjeet Kaur
Why is it that Anna Hazare could muster so much support and Irom Sharmila is struggling it something to do with gender or region???????”

Wikipedia tells about Irom as follows:

-Irom Sharmila Chanu (born March 14, 1972), also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, is a civil rights activist, political activist, journalist and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. Since November 4, 2000, she's been on a political fast demanding the Government of India to withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, also otherwise known as AFSPA, from Manipur and other areas of India's north east. Since it began in 2000, Irom Sharmila Chanu's fast is unparalleled in the history of political protest.-

If I am right she has not eaten a morsel of bread since her agitation started.
Any answers?

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