A political victory or a lost Cause?

The result of Hisar by-election is being read in many ways by the political pundits. The event kick-started the anti-Congress campaign of Team Anna. It seems as if Team Anna has taken it to itself to be the panacea of all ills in Indian political landscape. Its first detour from the basic objective of getting the Jan Lokpal Bill legislated came when it called for electoral reforms. It included introduction of negative voting and the recalling of sitting legislators. In this context, campaigning in Hisar should have been about making the voters aware about the credentials of all the candidates. The choice of candidate should have been left to the ‘informed’ citizenry.


Fight against corruption should not be limited to the political party in power at the centre. It is endemic to the whole political system. It is questionable if Team Anna’s intervention had any role to play in the defeat of Congress candidate and the forfeiture of his security deposit. However, the way Team Anna is meddling in the actual political process puts a big question mark on its often claimed apolitical overtures. With the eyes now set on the UP assembly elections, it may do further disservice to its own cause. Anna, himself has been vacillating between the stands of giving Congress a breather till the Winter session of Parliament on one hand and personally entering the anti-Congress campaign in UP on the other. Focus needs to be shifted back to the Jan Lokpal Bill. The support that Team Anna garnered was for this basic agenda. It cannot keep stacking newer agendas on it, hoping that all its wishes will be fulfilled within the ambit of this single movement.

It is true that Congress has been making many political manoeuvrings inside and outside the Parliament to stall the passing of a meaningful Jan Lokpal Bill. However, Anna should continue using the civil society route to bring to light such practices. He might have testified it many a times that he is having no political ambitions. But this might not be true for his foot-soldiers. It is a known fact that one of the Team Anna members resigned from the police services on being bypassed for a coveted office. So to claim that the people behind this movement are above such power motives will be naïve. In this context, taking the fight to political arena will only make things more complex. Moreover, the movement may also lose a considerable chunk of sympathisers if it gets reduced to anti-Congress from anti-Corruption.

The movement is already being negatively affected by the incoherent statements coming out of the Team Anna camp. While Anna and other members have distanced themselves from Prashant Bhushan’s statement on Kashmir, Santosh Hegde has openly shown his displeasure over Kejriwal’s move to meddle in the Hisar by-elections. As Anna sits on a week-long vow of silence for ‘peace of soul’, two prominent activists P V Rajagopal and 'Waterman' Rajinder Singh quit its core committee over the latter issue of ‘political turn’ of movement. Democracy within the movement should definitely be appreciated. All the members should have a right to voice their personal opinions on different issues. However, for the sake of Jan Lokpal Bill, some coherence is needed. Any such incoherent statements and infighting give the detractors an opportunity to make a mountain out of a molehill. Therefore, it is important for Anna to bring together his foot-soldiers and unify the camp. This is a prerequisite to sustain the battle against the indifference of the political honchos towards an effective Jan Lokpal Bill.

P.S. This is the first draft of my editorial for our Lab Journal in ACJ to be published this Saturday

Image Courtesy:
Designed by me

Dear reader, I have been diagnosed with ACDS or Acute Comments Deficiency Syndrome. My condition is critical and deteriorating day by day. The Doctor has recommended me a high dosage of comments to stay alive. So, if you took out time to read this post, be kind enough to take out some more time to leave a comment. Your few more moments may add few more moments to my life. May God bless you and your blog.

35 doses of compassionate comments received.:

BK Chowla, said...

Anna is being as a hope by all those who are struggling to be termed rich by earning Rs 32/day.
Fact is that congress has failed us miserably i last seven years of (mis)rule.
Vipul 77% of Indian population is with its back towards the wall.Hissar is a warning signal fro Congress.But, arrogance is at its peak.How else do you explain Rahul refusing to meet Sarpanch from Ralegan Sidhi whi was invited by Congress MP?

Vipul Grover said...

Chowlaji, I dont see how what u have written contradicts what I have written. My editorial is about the movement losing its focus. I haven't supported Congress in even a single sentence. On the contrary, I have supported the movement and asked for it to gets its act together to counter arrogance of Congress.
As for Hisar being a warning signal for Congress, I don't agree. Please go through the track record of the Congress candidate and u'll know he was never in the running.

samia nisar said...

What kind of strap you choose will depend on your tastes, or that of the person you are shopping for.
attardcofoodstuffs.com |

samia nisar said...

Don't forget about accessibility. I'm not 100% sure, but it's my understanding that accessible browsers are still not up to the task of AJAX, and a lot of sites are legally bound to provide access for those browsers. At this point anyway, sounds like continuing to develop the AJAX layer /in addition/ to the server-side layer.
Lathams Interior |

Philip Shaun said...

I like you recommendation. Your recommendation is of well use to people. A great article post, this is something very interesting. I really appreciate your post.
www.atltophomes.com |

friv4school said...

Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.
pacman |happy wheels |my little pony games | unblocked games
friv4 kizi 4| unblockedgames

lân Mai said...

I just want to say : why you do not click to play
puzzle games | mario games | brain games | tetris | happy wheels | agario | super mario | abcya | happy wheels the game free | happy wheels

123 wingsio0 said...

The best space for your child to relax!: wingsio
slitherio

James Alone said...

very nice post thanks>>>>>>>>
jogos d moto

temple run2 said...

I found lots of interesting information here.Great work
Thanks for the share loved reading the article, please do share more like this wiht us .

Temple Run 2
Run 3
Click Jogos
Subway Surfers

slither io said...

The best space for your child to relax!: wingsio | slither io | ya

Friv4 Games Online said...

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the
happy wheels | friv4school | happy wheels

hường lê said...

Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this article.I would like to thank you for the efforts you had made for writing this awesome article.

Discover our website bounty of free online games now!
Our website has the biggest collection of free online games. Totally new games are added every day!

age of war 2| gold Miner 2| unfair Mario 2 | cubefield 2 |tanki Online 2

Alice Denny said...

The blog or and best that is extremely useful to keep I can share the ideas. Age Of War 2
Big Farm | Slitherio | Tank Trouble
Of the future as this is really what I was looking for, I am very comfortable and pleased to come here. Thank you very much.
Happy Wheels | Goodgeme Empire | Slither.io


Red Ball 4 said...

Great article, I was very impressed about it, wish you would have stayed next share
strikeforce kitty 2 | red ball 4 | strike force kitty | red ball 3 | ninjago games

Gonzalez Caroline said...


This article is really fantastic and thanks for sharing the valuable post.
descargar facebook gratis | descargar facebook | facebook descargar

ngocanhng said...

I hope to have many more entries or so from you.
Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one.
go launcher l banana kong l geometry dash l square quick

Drag Racer V3 said...

Thanks for the share loved reading the article, please do share more like this wiht us scorehero.net

games draw said...

Thanks for the share loved reading the article, please do share more like this wiht us www.whatsappbaixargratis.com.br

Alice Taylor said...

great article, I was very impressed about it, wish you would have stayed next share

funny t-shirts

Love Kpop said...

There are things I can not understand but I will learn it. I think nothing is too late. Then I realized that I had improved a lot.
http://colorswitchplay.com

Ngọc Bảo said...

I like your post. It really useful with me. Thanks for sharing these useful information!
happywheels3game.com

Friv4 Games Online said...

Thanks for the information you shared. Please share useful information with your friends regularly
papasgamesonline.com

ha vu said...

the information is very nice and helpful to us, thank you for sharing
Friv 200
Frvi
Kizi 1000
Friv100
Frin

Hà Nguyễn said...

Great post,Thanks for providing us this great knowledge,Keep it up.
www.appbaixar.com

Drag Racer V3 said...

This is so nice pocaauto

fashion poca said...

Thank you, so Much admin have a nice day :) you information about weight loss is very easy and simple.
online instagram

Free Happywheels said...

Thank you very much for the information you shared, it’s all I’ve been looking for
www.happywheels-2.com

Thu Lê said...

I was very impressed by this post, this site has always been pleasant news. Thank you very much for such an interesting post. Keep working, great job! In my free time, I like play game: mutilateadoll2game.com. What about you?

run run3 said...

I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. thanks for share
run3.run

Games 2 Girls said...

Thank you for such a sweet tutorial - all this time later, I've found it and love the end result. I appreciate the time you spent sharing your skills.
potaca

ngocanhng said...

Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know. Nice! thank you so much! Thank you for sharing.
b612az.com

Thu Lê said...

I was very impressed by this post, this site has always been pleasant news. Thank you very much for such an interesting post. Keep working, great job! In my free time, I like play game: facebooklite.com.br. What about you?

Madison Smith said...

I have read your article, the information you give is very interesting.
pocatravel.com

Jasmine Thompson said...

Your article is very interesting. I think this article has a lot of information needed, looking forward to your new posts. Get permission to share:
returnman3game.com

Creative Commons License
Reflections of an Empathic Libertarian by Vipul Grover is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 India License.
Based on a work at vipulgrover.blogspot.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at vipul.grover@gmail.com.