I do not agree that between Team Anna and Team Manmohan Singh, the latter should be more restrained from behaving badly because of the office Ministers hold (“Way out of line,” June 13). Team Anna enjoyed overwhelming support from the citizens because it raised some very pertinent issues and its end and means were justified. But its members have lost the large support base by reducing their agitation to personal conflicts and using offensive language towards not only politicians but also Parliament. They think that they alone are honest.
Vayalar Ravi need not have called the Anna Hazare campaign “anti-national.” At the same time, I urge Team Anna to reflect on its way of functioning.
Blame game is not uncommon in Indian politics but it is unfortunate that the Anna movement which started with all sincerity for a noble cause has dwindled to the level of a political party.
The UPA government has adopted a new formula — “foreign hand” — to divert attention from corruption and black money stashed away abroad.
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It seems that both Team Anna and the UPA establishment are competing with each other to prove that neither can win the slanging match. Team Anna seems to have forgotten why it started the campaign. And the UPA establishment will stop at nothing. The best way to deal with movements like those of Team Anna is to ignore their meaningless statements aimed at keeping themselves afloat.
The editorial reflects an ordinary citizen's view of the UPA government and governance. Governance is at a nadir. Statements by Ministers, driven to the corner without any escape route, show that they have found it easy to flog the ones who disagree with them rather than face the reality. Salman Khurshid's attack on Kiran Bedi shows Ministers have no answers to the questions asked.
The government must realise that the common man is thoroughly disappointed with it. The “foreign hand” allegation only shows that it has lost all control and has, in fact, long overstayed.