Is Anna’s charisma fading, are people feeling this is futile battleDecember 28, 2011 10:08
India being the second largest populated country in the world, with democracy at the helm of affairs, consensus is the mantra of the nation. But even if people cannot keep a firm opinion and change it as per rumors, sound ridiculous. Well drafting the Lok Pal bill was not the only objective, which ends corruption all by its own. A stronger format was required and that is the reason the anti corruption crusader Anna Hazare, risking his life, took up the war of protests against the mammoth institution. It was really disheartening when I went through the news channels that the response to his, this installment of fast was not to the expected levels. In fact the capacity of the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai, where the Gandhian started his fast on Tuesday, holds around 35,000 – 40,000.
But as per media reports at any given point of time not more than 3,000-3,500 members were available at the venue. The India Against Corruption (IAC) members claim that over the day around 30,000 attended the meeting. But the member in-charge of Anna Rasoi, kitchen serving free food, estimates a turnout of 20,000 people including media persons, organizers and whoever used a plate.
Not only at Mumbai, same situation prevailed in Delhi and Hyderabad too. Team Anna fast had low turn outs at these places. The critics attributed various reasons for the low turnout. The supporters said good things and the anti said ridiculed. But on the whole this only shows that the old man is risking his life for people who have no time to support a cause for their benefits. (AarKay)