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Updated: April 14, 2011 00:44 IST

Handful of people want to break up our collective power, says Anna Hazare

Aarti Dhar
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Anna Hazare.
Anna Hazare.

Even as anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare appealed to his supporters not to pay attention to “disinformation and distractive campaigns” being unleashed against him, the Congress on Wednesday said no initiative, however genuine, should undermine democracy.

The veiled message came from Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari in response to a query as towhether the party believed that Mr. Hazare should contest elections.

Mr. Tewari said, “I have no comments to make on an individual's decision on whether or not to contest elections. All we want is that it should be kept in mind that no initiative should impact or undermine democracy. Democracy has been our biggest achievement in 62 years.”

He said his observation was meant for a certain section of society who had a general contempt towards democracy in all its manifestations. “While articulating the issue, it should be kept in mind that the steps taken do not impact the greatest internal strength of the country that is democracy.”

On the other hand, Mr. Hazare — in an appeal issued on Wednesday evening — asked each citizen to maintain unity in the fight against corruption. “Each one of us makes up the population of India. So each one of us matters in this struggle to make our government clean and serve our collective interests.”

He said: “Our victory so far over corruption, falsehood, injustice, and oppression is indisputable and unprecedented. But it is also clearly evident that there are handful of people who are already active in trying to create schisms in this great coming-together of all sections of our society to fight for a corruption-free future. These handful of people want to break up our collective power and create discord.

“One way for them to try to break up our collective power is to spread disinformation and rake up issues that will distract attention from the fight against corruption towards individuals and extraneous matters.

“It is important that we are able to see through their designs. We need to not only frustrate their plans but also keep our collective enthusiasm at a level that must keep rising.

“Our victory so far bears out that we have chosen the right and noble way forward for our country, but our destination is far way ahead. We cannot afford to dissipate our energies by arguing over non-issues and quarrelling with disinformation campaigns undertaken by the people who see an effective Lokpal as a grave threat to their interests.

“My indefinite fast was not aimed at getting the government or an individual to fulfil a wayward and irresponsible demand; it was meant to be a Satyagraha of the people of India to liberate ourselves from a monstrously corrupt system of governance.

“The few who have allowed themselves to be led astray by corruption and injustice will find the right path. That's our hope.”

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@ Sundar: What do you mean by asking Mr. Hazare to stop speaking publicly? It is absurd ! How is he supposed to get this important message across? Sitting at home? Any honest self-respecting citizen would rather listen to Hazare than our PMs convenient talk of being ignorant of what is going on in his party.

from:  Luhar Sen
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 07:18 IST

All political parties are likely to be affected by the Lokpal bill. Senior bureaucrats who guide the politicians to become corrupt will use the media to scuttle the noble cause eschewed by Mr.Anna Hazare. The activists and the public must not fall prey to the machinations of the vested interests who want the status to continue.

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 11:57 IST

I salute Mr.Hazare who thought of this problem and took action against the burning problem of our country.According to 2011 census 121 corore people are living in our country but only a single soul raised his voice against corruption. It means he has perfect devotion for our country in kal yug, so in my view each and every Indian people must follow and support him. He is true leader of Bharat. our political parties are engaged in criticism. They do not have time to think of it.

from:  Ramlakhan Dhakar
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 11:20 IST

Many of us will slowly realise the onerous responsibilities and the balancing act that a honourable person like Dr Manmohan Singh has taken as the Prime Minister of this thriving democracy. To take the ship forward in the economic development path, with the leakages which are a legacy, the political class believing that they should maximise their returns in the short run, the various disparate interest groups trying to grab the steering wheel of the ship and if resisted, withdrawing cooperation and actively disrupting the progress.
Anna Hazare, with due regards to the cause you represent, please stop talking publicly like an elected representative. Your views are yours only, notwithstanding the fact that many of us may support many of your views. It is sad to see a genuine person like you getting into the political ring. There's too much muck in it. We do not want to see your clean image being sullied. Let us also pls try to appreciate the good job that the PM- Dr Manmohan Singh is doing.

from:  Sundar
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 09:16 IST

Tewari says "Democracy is our biggest achievement in 62 years". What a shame! People have been raped by these politicians for 62 years. Is this the democracy we have achieved? Scams everywhere and loot of Rs 170000 crores or more by many individuals - is this our achievement? Corruption every where while people are living with 20Rs a day is this our achievement?

from:  Naga
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 08:44 IST
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