23 November, 2020

The After Math

The battle won, is it war on other fronts?

The After Math

The Anna Hazare movement may have begun with corruption as its chief plank, but by the time a jubilant crowd of protesters trickled out of the Ramlila Maidan on August 28, the ‘reforms charter’ had widened significantly to include a host of other issues that confront the common man. No one took it for granted that Team Anna would be as successful in espousing these new causes as it was in drumming up support for an effective anti-corruption legislation. Towards the end, therefore, there emerged two schools of thought on how the movement should progress from here on: the first sought to focus on corruption alone till the Lokpal bill was tabled and approved in Parliament, while the other advocated a wider embrace of issues revolving around corruption.

A day after August 28, when Anna broke his fast following a settlement between the government and civil society, lawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan said the movement had gone beyond corruption. Co-member Medha Patkar too said that corruption had to be seen as something...



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