What is most disturbing about the personality cult of the anti-graft movement?
Why not Gandhian Anna Hazare or yoga guru Ramdev baba? What is wrong in having a torch bearers of the movement? After all don’t movements need a face to rally around?
The question is- is this the kind of civil society led mass movement against corruption we were talking about.? Are we not, once again, getting mobilized around an individualistic pursuit where the masses are just ‘herds’.
How do we address complex issues like corporate-politician relationship? Where is the public education that is required for something as complex as the Lokpal bill? Where is the public debate beyond the newspaper articles, TV shows , mostly in English language and web based interactions, again in English.
It is perhaps time to introspect and reflect on the way the movement is being carried out. Perhaps it is time to re-orient - moving away from individuals and getting mobilized about the issues.