Is there is a sense of disillusion creeping it among the people who had supported the anti-graft movement. Is there a feeling that perhaps it was a fad? Just like it is now a fad to question the movement- both its style and its content.
Well, the middle class is known to be cynical and skeptical. At the same time, it should be mature enough to understand that getting rid of something like corruption that has been so deeply entrenched not just in the system but also in our psyche is a long term affair.
It is alleged that while the middle class has been quick to express its disgust at the politicians, the most identifiable culprit, can it absolve itself of all responsibilities. What about the fact that it itself is so neck deep in corruption – fudging bills, evading tax, greasing palms to get a service out of turn. Surely, these are serious issues and we need to reflect on our realities. At the same time, perhaps we all seek redemption. In the movement, we find some solace and deliverance. Surely, the first fight against corruption should start at home and perhaps with the person in the mirror, but the movement did give the push and it must be acknowledged.
Finally, criticism is good– it implies engagement, it implies ownership and it implies public debate which is so much at the core of any democratic process. Let us be open to criticism and help these to make the instrument (whether it is Jan Lokpal Bill or whether it goes by any other name) robust and inclusive.