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Anna to start new blog after spat with official blogger

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Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare has decided to start a new blog, after a spat with his official blogger Raju Parulekar.

Mr Hazare’s decision came after Mr. Parulekar, a Mumbai based journalist, posted an unpublished letter written and signed by the crusader on the blog. The letter, written by Mr Hazare on October 23, talks about restructuring the core committee.

The row started on Friday evening when Mr Hazare said that Mr Parulekar was “speaking his own mind”. Mr Hazare was referring to Parulekar’s statement on October 28 on the crusader’s wish to restructure the core committee.

“Whatever Parulekar has said is all unsubstantiated as I have not met him or spoken to him about the restructuring the core committee. He should only write what I tell him to,” Hazare said in New Delhi on Friday.

Following this snub, Mr Parulekar posted his version and Hazare’s unpublished letter on the blog on Saturday morning. Mr Parulekar claimed that Anna had “made up his mind to get away from Kejriwal, Bedi and Prashant Bhusan and their pawns in the core committee.” Mr Parulekar also called Mr Kekriwal, Ms Bedi and Mr Prashant Bhushan “fascist”, “undemocratic” and “opportunistic”.

Reacting to Mr Parulekar’s fresh blog entry, Mr Hazare said that sometime back when there were allegations against Ms Bedi and Mr Bhushan, he had thought of making changes in the committee. “However now I understand that all this is a part of the conspiracy to defame us,” Hazare said on Saturday afternoon in New Delhi.

Mr Hazare had announced that he would close down his blog. However, after reaching his village Ralegan Siddhi on Saturday evening , he made the announcement to launch a new blog, this time to be operated by experts from the village.

Mr. Hazare in his unpublished letter, written in Marathi which is in possession of Mr. Parulekar had talked about “restructuring the core committee” by including people from diverse sections of the society. However Mr Parulekar has claimed that Hazare’s assistant Mr Suresh Pathare prevented him from posting the letter.

“I am going to decide on restructuring the core committee soon. The decision is being conveyed to other members of team Anna,” Hazare had said in his letter.

According to Mr Parulekar, Mr Hazare’s colleagues prevented him from making changes. Mr. Parulekar alleged that “Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Ms. Bedi were so undemocratic, fascist and disrespect (sic) Annaji’s thoughts and thrust their so-called core committee meeting on Annaji and overpowered me when I fought back for Annaji because Annaji is fragile, his Blood Pressure is fluctuating and is unwell,” Mr Parulekar has said.

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Dear fellow Indians, Anna is a very honest person but without the ability to strategically plan this Historic movement. We must support him throughout this movement instead of pinpointing petty issues like these and few more to come. What we have to remember is that he has changed the way democracy is perceived. people have forgotten the fact that these so called "parliamentary members elected by people" aren't thinking that they are indeed elected by people. And so have people forgotten that it is our RIGHT to question them and make laws that helps in our social well being. Or else why are they being elected at all. Who are these so called Law makers? They are our SERVANTS with POWER given by PEOPLE-US(not USA). They have to serve us or they can lose their jobs. There are lakhs of youth waiting for a job. People should understand the true color of MPs or MLAs who are against welfare of people. WHOEVER THEY ARE, they shouldn't be elected again.Only, WE have the power to change INDIA.

from:  Purushothaman
Posted on: Nov 7, 2011 at 23:37 IST

There is no doubt that Anna lied and should simply acept his mistake. Any human can make a mistake and Anna should not be grilled on this. Let it pass. What is troubling is that he says that what Kejriwal and Bedi did is not corruption - he seems to have a distorted view of corruption. More sinster is the current campaign being run against Manmohan Singh - the very person who has done the most of all Indian leaders to unleash the economic potential of India. Even to a naive person it should be clear that Lokpall Bill alone would not be able to eleminate corruption. If so, why is Lokpal alone being touted as the only measure that Government should take? Is this campaign an attempt to divert attention of the Manmohan Singh to all things other than economic liberalisation. Is it not being supported by the guys who ran the Swadeshi campaign. I find it laughable that BJP supports the Jan Lokpal Bill but not the GST Bill. The GST Bill will do more to eleminate corruption than Jan Lokpal Bill

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 23:22 IST

Team Anna so called movement has changed track from being implementing and creating a strong lokpal to remove a political party from power.They are not being educating people about what good is in the bill and any counter argument that could still be added in the bill.

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 18:21 IST

It's a pity. This team is busy explaining their own mis-deeds everyday. There is a saying "One who lives by the sword, dies by the sword". This team tries to achieve everything by blackmailing tactic and the same thing comes back and haunts each and every memebr of the team. When two of the other prominent core members quit, it was very clear, Team Anna is not all to nice as it looks outside. The gang of FOUR definitely has an hidden agenda for which they need and innocent & clean face. Anna is only a victim of these greedy & undemocratic gang of four. Now they will put a blogger in place who will be an extended arm of this gang. Poor Anna will not be allowed to come out or allowed to say everything he wants. Now he is a puppet with strings controlled by the Gang of 4 and he can never be on his own.

from:  Hemnath
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 14:33 IST

As expected, the whole crusade is now becoming a huge joke....

from:  Vinu P Menon
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 12:00 IST

With good respect to an elderly person like Hazare, I say the reason
we have the luxury of time,money & means to write on a blog, discuss
over the media and several other modern amenities is a topic by itself
that needs introspection.It is just not a few people but people all
around the globe give credit to Dr.Manmohan Singh..He was a reason for
our talents to be unleashed at the right time and open our markets to
the globe. Just a thought!
Now coming to the issue, Mr.Hazare should not feel insecure or
sensitive when it comes to dealings within his group.Mr.Kejriwal
claims to be the stalwart of transparency in the government and public
life.Then why the need to be scared about telling the actual events
inside the groups discussions and perceptions about each other within
the group?Everyone knows that government is out to spoil the
party..but I think Mr.Hazare and the group are making themselves more
vulnerable to such events.
My Gandhian motto is "Preach what you practice"..Hazareji!!

from:  Prem
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 11:16 IST

Anna Hazare is a simple man with a noble objective of eradicating
corruption from public life . But the leading trio of Team Anna do not
seem to be so noble in their objectives.They appear to be using the
present anti-corruption mood and the credibility of Anna in settling
scores with somebody.Before throwing stones at others,ensure your own
house is made of steel..Both Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi had cut a very
sorry figure when they tried to justify their mistakes regarding their
money matters.It was the height of arrogance when Kejriwal sends a
check of 9 lakhs to the PM,asking the PM to forward it to the IT dept.
About Prashanth Bhushan, in a country where a large proportion of the
people are poor, is it not charging several lakhs for a single
appearance tentamounds to corruption? It is very sad, but only
natural, that the NAC movement has started fizzling out so fast.The
leading trio of Team Anna are responsible for that.

from:  K V Ravindran
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 11:05 IST

Anna maybe a great social worker and is full of personal integrity. Unfortunately for him, Anna has obviously little or no experience in strategying and managing an important political campaign like anti-corruption movement. For common citizen like this writer it is a very important event in the Indian democracy to be mismanaged and lost in the hands of present rulers comprising of goons and looters.

from:  V.Muthuswami
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 10:08 IST

Blog is meant for those who can think themselves and express themselves. If political masters depend on ghost writers to prepare speeches it wont be true reflection of the speaker's thought. Similarly Anna Hazaare whose Janlokpal agenda however laudable forgets many issues of people nor offers panecea.Occupy Wall Street struggle had thrown open questions about global market without single global currency and speculative economics of stock markets fostering corporate democracies crushing people's democracy into irrelevance and these issues in Indian context needs to be debated but to focus only on Lokpal is defeatism. Laws wont solve unless system is subjected to overhaul. Using proxies to upload blogs and closing eyes on all public causes and issues had already damaged Anna Hazaare's public image.

from:  N.Nandhivarman
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 08:21 IST

Did he or did he not write the letter? That is the question. If yes the whole movement seems to be a scam of some sort; if no the blogger should apologize. I think it is a well planned move by some party preparing fr elections by using the well-intentions of the Annaji - and now Annaji is stuck.

from:  R.G.Krishnan
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 07:57 IST

in every time the govt is always trying to dismantle the anna team.the govt is forgetting that people are watching.

from:  Thangavelu
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 07:38 IST

Dear Mr. HAZARE Please decide if ANNA is INDIA and INDIA is ANNA as your "core" commitee voiced earlier Please stand for what you say earlier, if it is due to a loss of memory, document/record it coz basically you are all alone in this crusade If you reveal your chinks of your armour the movement is bound to fall , the cross will be on you, cause you have to wage a war ALL ALONE BEST WISHES IN YOUR ENDEAVOUR WE ARE BEHIND YOU , YOU NEED NO "CORE"COMITTEE

from:  MATHEWS M
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 05:40 IST

Dear Anna, You want to root out corruption but your team have been found indulging illegal practices and still you are supporting them. you do not have a matured brain, changing ideas several times misleading people by tarnishing the image of the government.what are you doing sir? I am not satisfied with your ideas and so called the struggle against corruption. so far i understand you and your team members are stubborn and egoist in nature and sadden othres for your inner relief and pleasure.

from:  PRATAP RATHO
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 02:53 IST

A movement of Crusade against corruption spearheaded by Sri Anna Hazare is of utmost importance. To avoid such issues guide lines for the core committee can be formulated. Official blogger for Anna Hazare also should be in constant touch with him without any prejudices and with his willingness to stick to what Anna Hazare desires irrespective of his own thoughts till he is Anna Hazare’s official blogger.

from:  SHANTARAM SURVE
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 02:38 IST

Annaji may not be a so called sophisticated man to put his views in molded language like others. But his heart and the cause he is fighting for are the noble.So the people around him like Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and many others. These people are highly qualified people who can earn lot of money and fame with Anna or without Anna. but they are not doing that. Keep it up Anna and Team Anna. Indian people are with U.

from:  Shrinivas Golvankar
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 02:16 IST

I do not agree that Anna Ji is the prisoner of any Trio. Anna Ji had been crusader for anti corruption and had been active against the power read politicians when the Trio were no where near any horizon. So much coming against people standing to challenge corrupt practices shows the unrest to the affected politician. They are using the old saying of using all possible ways to demean the people who have shown the courage to stand. I request & appeal to all aware people of India not to get distracted with such propaganda for which whole govt machinery is being used. First we hear a history of 40 years being screened to find whole whole for Anna Ji and then started a series against all members including Ram Dev and latest against Shree Shree. These so called power politicians thinks that by using divide and rule and demeaning all they can divert the attention of public away from main Issue. Please Please ....support the cause and do not look at these allegation to dilute the cause. Jai Ho

from:  SS ARORA
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 01:08 IST

Hazare called the politicians particularly belonging the Congress as liar, cheats etc. But now it turns out he is the biggest liar , cheat. Everyday he is changing his position. Regarding Raju and the blog , Hazare has been telling nothing but lie. He is cheating the people and misguiding them. Hazare is trying to topple a democratically elected govt.

from:  MJS Raj
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 00:46 IST

Parulekar says it best. He was fighting back for Anna. That's not the role of a blogger. I see no harm in Annaji wanting to make changes to his team and then changing his mind upon a better review of the situation. But that should not have been revealed by Parulekar unless authorized to do so. Good that Parulekar is gone. He has caused some unecessary friction.

from:  S. Mohabir
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 00:41 IST

It is plain and simple. Anna never expected the movement to gather the steam that it has and he and his team were not prepared for it. Anna lied when he said that he never mentioned anything about restructuring the team. He should have been forthright and should have said that I wanted to do it and I had thought about it but changed my mind. There is nothing wrong in changing your mind. But by completely denying it, he was making out Mr. Parulekar to be a liar. Ultimately it turns out, it was Anna who was lying. What a shame !!

from:  Ajay
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 00:24 IST

Team Anna should be united and transparent util Strong Jan Lok bill is passed.

from:  Puneet Pushkar Mishra
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 00:10 IST

Anna Hazare is a great person, and the government is doing 'overtime' in trying to discredit him. Yes, there may be flip-flop in his actions regarding the blog, but 'Does it really matter???'. What matters is the core issue, the PEOPLE's issue for which Annaji is fighting SELFLESSLY and confronting so many attacks from ruling party in so many guises. One should salute Annaji, and stay away from pointing such meagre issues. The ruling government has done thousand times major flip-flops and goof ups on so many issues, and rather than owning up responsibility is happily passing it around. Just remember Quatrochi and Purulia. You don't need to be even average intelligent to makeout where this government stands.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 00:06 IST

This is the remarkable moment in India's history.Whatever,we should not let go this moment for petty issues.Anna should be supported in his every step.Mistakes do happen all time.It is common

from:  Gautham
Posted on: Nov 6, 2011 at 00:05 IST

Raju Parulekar ko kisi na karid liya h.....woh paiso k dam pe bol rha h..!!!!! shame on u raju....!!!

from:  Mayank
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:57 IST

Anna says Manmohan singh is remote controlled, but when i see anna is being remote controlled by Kejriwal and bedi.

from:  Shashidhar
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:57 IST

This gentleman Mr Raju Parulekar does not appear to be convincing.The way he fumbles in the news channel, there appears as if he is totally motivated.Only time would reveal the truth.Obviously when Anna has declared to stop the blog, this guys claim does not hold any water.

from:  Manoj Kumar Mishra
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:48 IST

Anna Hazare should be very careful while talking to anyone and writing on the blog. There are people who would like to see that he and his team are destroyed. Being a supporter of the movement I would like Anna to decide who should be his spokesperson. The movement is treading on thin ice especially while dealing with the Congress. Younger civil society members should take greater responsibility as they are the ones who can influence a large section of the population.

from:  Kamala Menon Cochran
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:44 IST

Team anna lost the credibility of a movement, a unpolitical movements turns to a politics..

from:  Aniket
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:23 IST

Anna Hazare should blog in Marathi so that he himself can monitor the blog.

from:  Venugopal Kaikulath
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:22 IST

INDIANS LOOKING FOR A GOD..who is 100% right in what he say and what he do...then only that person is reasonable to fight against corruption otherwise they won't believe him !! I am ensure you..that GOD never came before nor it will come now !! Indian miss the larger picture..that's the problem ..and thanks to our media people who divert their attention and misguided them every now and then !! People won have doubt over Kiran bedi, Arvind kejriwal,Anna , Bhusan over corruption issue...are largely misguided by our corporate and politicians media....I trust them whatever they are doing for India again corruption is honest and remarkable !! It is not easy to stand against Indian govt. who is like a terrorist group who can lie,kill you,steal your money,misguide you ...and can easily roam free in India !! They might have done some good things for India but that is their duties...they have to do ...but that doesn't mean they are innocent !!

from:  Jignesh
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:17 IST

All of this noise is only to the benefit of the newspapers trying to sell their paper and to the corrupt elements that do not want to be brought to book. This does not matter to Indians. All that matters is if the Jan Lokpal bill is passed. Please pass it urgently so that Indians can start to get immediate relief from corruption.

from:  Amol
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 23:06 IST

there are some people in anna team (not in core committee) who do not want that janlokpal bill should be pass... they are the exclusive agent of the congress...i think raju is one of them...they wanted to weaken the anna movement...anna should save himself from them....

from:  Thakur Gaurav Chauhan
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 22:43 IST

Every step of the way, Sir Hazare is acting exactly like the same kind of people who he's trying to unseat. Making comments like, "He should write only what I tell him to write" and not the whole truth is prima facie "undemocratic". A word which he liberally uses against others.

from:  Aaryaman
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 22:41 IST

I fully agree with Ramesh Raghuvanshi. Anna hazare first praised Narendra Modi and then took a U turn, saying he was better aware after visiting Gujrat . There is nothing wrong if he changes his mind, but he should be honest to himself. He could have accepted that he did write such a letter on 23 oct and that he had changed his mind since then, instead of outrightly snubbing his blogger first and then coming out with unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

from:  Muralidharan
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 22:22 IST

He is much better than GANDHI please donot doubt his intentions . Try to understand what benefit HE expects at the age of 74 and that also after striving for a such long time for his nation INDIA

from:  BHUVANESH
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 22:19 IST

Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Ms. Bedi is full of egoistic. v r with ANNA not with THEM

from:  sunny arora
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:56 IST

Anna Hazare had earlier told in his interview that he wants to change two of his team members and subsequently denied . Now he says that he changed his mind of changing his team after knowing that some one has spent crores of Rupees to tarnish their image. The fact remains that he cannot get rid of the clutches of the Trio. He is a Prisioner in their >hands. He has no option but to dance to their tune.Before the Jan Lok Pal is passed, let him draft the Constitution for his Core Committee/ Organisation as donation of Rs.2.94 crores received for the movement is held by another NGO. He should guard against any misuse or allegation of corruption. My apprehension is that you may change your mind in taking forward the movement of anti- corruption assigning some reason.

from:  N.Thirunavukkarasu
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:55 IST

Come on dear, why should anna be always perfect? He himself says he should not be compared with gandhi. We must only see his intention of doing right thing for people. Even if he is wrong, that doesn't mean our great politicians are correct and unanswerable to corruption that they have caused.we should support a cause and not a person called anna.it would actually suit common man like us.

from:  Sambhaji khade
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:36 IST

Just another stone being thrown at Team Anna. Team Anna must keep focus on the goal which is the Jan Lokpal bill. All of this other news makes headlines and helps to sell papers. I predict this will continue as Team Anna turns up the heat on the government. I expect more and more of these stories and there will people close to Hazare that will become corrupted and say things against the anti-corruption movement. Anna and the people of India must stay focused!

from:  Amol
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:35 IST

I can understand attack on Anna Hazare from all corners by congress and UPA. My best wishes are with Anna Hazare and his team. The team has to win the fight against corruption and corrupt people at all costs, by hook or crook. If corrupt parties can use any means, so can we. Its going to be a war like Mahabharata again this time. Krishna did use some means which were not honest in true sense. So what ? He did so to overpower Adharmi Duryodhan and Kaurava! So here we are! we have the same story and history being repeated! Congress (Kaurava) has usurped the kingdom by dishonesty and Anna( Arjun) is fighting this war on behalf of people of India! I would like to see more people joining him along with Bedi, Kejriwal, ....and on and on.

from:  Hitesh
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:29 IST

Mr. Ramesh, We dont know the fact sitting over here. Fact may be to break anna and his team. Congress has history of using such tactics to derail good peoples movement by using money and state agencies. What's guarantee that congress didn't buy Raju to do all these things. Gandhi's time was different....atleast his opponent Britishers were much better than congress of today. Congress govt has ruled most of the time in india and imposed dynatic rule on us. They are responsible for our state of affairs today. Hope sense prevails in people's mind.

from:  Anant
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:23 IST

I guess Anna is not in control of his actions any more. its a shame that the entire Anna team's first reaction to any alleged bad-practice or controversial information reveal is to object to it.

from:  arun mony
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:23 IST

The gang of three has misled Annaji and their intention is political, they are not worried about corruption. In fact they let the cat out of the bag when they told Anna is above parliament

from:  S.W.S. Nair
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:19 IST

Mr Raju might be right and the scan copies tell this. Anna must have realised that restructuring/disbanding would provide impetus to his critics to sway away from the movement. To avoid this he must have taken a step to lie. Absolutely no problem. Even if Anna and Team Anna are proved to be corrupt or heineous criminals, I would Salute them as they would be doing a great contribution to human kind by continuing this into a successful revolution ( Second struggle) for freedom from corruption. If four people ( lets assume they are criminals)can get the established white collar criminals ( Congress) to bow to their demands and agree for Jan Lokpal bill, then these four people are gods. This is my opinion. Allow them to tell lies, bitch about or indulge in petty corruption. bindass. But Jan lokpal should come. I am sure the people are not mersmerised by Anna's or Team annas personal traits, but only support these individuals who have taken a lead to end corruption.

from:  VINOD ASARI
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:18 IST

i thing that what anna is doing is all correct
so i support anna

from:  suyog daphal
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:15 IST

it seems that civil society movement carried by anna ji has been politicized . Nowadays they have to give explanation to all acts they do. These incidents clearly indicate the lost motive of corruption free india which this movement tried to achieve. it is in the trap of its own corruption, opportunistic behavior , arrogance and lot more.. they breached the support million indians...

from:  bilal butt
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 21:00 IST

Anna lying too much.First he refused to know his blogger when Raju published his sign letter he declared that he closed his blog.He must be honest and Accept his mistake.When Mahatma Gandhi did some mistake he accepted that he did mistake.and punished himself That is why people respected to him.If Anna want respect of people he must honest himself.If he behave this way people will not respect to him.People of India expect from him to finish corruption if Anna fail history will never forgive him.

from:  Ramesh Raghuvanshi
Posted on: Nov 5, 2011 at 20:37 IST
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