New Delhi: Political Mismanagement (Part One)
Performance of political managers in New Delhi has not been up to the mark for a long time. We can remember many such events occurred in the earlier years. During the second half of August last, it was at its height, because the government of India and especially, the front-ranking leaders of All India Congress have exposed how novice they have become in tackling a situation which is neither volatile nor violent in character and display.
Anna Hazare, a seventy three years old Gandhian leader from Ralegan Siddhi of the western India, has raised the issue of corruption prevailing in all spheres of this country. He has stated openly that the government of India must bring back black money worth billions secretly shifted by a section of the highly privileged citizens of India to the famous and infamous Swiss Bank and to other western financial institutions. He along with Arvind Kejriwal , Kiran Bedi, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan (termed popularly as the team Anna) has framed a bill for combating corruptions (Janlokpal Bill as it is known) and has exerted pressure on the government so that the bill is placed on the parliament for discussion. Anna has done so against a bill designed by the government and approved by the council of ministers (Lokpal bill as it is known to all); because he does apprehend that the Lokpal bill has provisions and does not have provisions to arrest the issue of all-pervasive corruptions in this country with all seriousness.
One would wonder at the sight of the steps taken by the Manmohan Singh government. In the beginning of the August movement of this year, it was all for appeasing Anna Hazare and attempting to size him to suit to whatever purpose the government had in its consideration. Anna was not allowed to demonstrate his protest in the most Gandhian path by the Delhi police. Anna declared that he would go on indefinite hunger strike from 16th August, 2011, if the government does not come forward to consider the Janlokpal Bill sincerely. All India Congress top-rankers addressed the media many a times. They have stated the following:
1) Delhi police has tried to impose conditions on Anna’s protest movement on its own discretion.
2) Delhi police has arrested Anna on the evening of 15th August on its own discretion.
In both the occasions, as stated by the All India Congress leaders, Home Ministry of India has no role. The AIC leaders were in such a state that they wanted to refuse the vox populi. They could not follow that the people of India were not accepting their views, because their statement seemed to be baseless and ridiculous.
Next, they started to attack the members of the team Anna below the belt., a responsible minister of the Manmohan Singh government, advanced further. His open statement containing that Anna Hazare was corrupted from head to feet was enough to invite strong condemnation on behalf of the Indian people. Days passed. The pilots of the UPA II government had to surrender for the time being. Anna ends his hunger strike program. Much anger and anguish was also shaped into unpleasant words from the part of the team Anna in the milieu. India, better to say, large part of India, has been stirred greatly. Indian people sided with Anna Hazare openly. For a few days, all roads have led to the New Delhi Ramlila Moidan, the place from where Anna was demonstrating his protest movement.
It is another thing that intellectuals of Paschimbanga seemed to have selected irrational slumber during these wonderful days. Leaders of All India Trinamul Congress have shown little response on the August movement of Anna Hazare. The opposition parties of this state, CPIM and its parasites, have been noticeably belittled in the recent months, and therefore, people do not bother to note what they have uttered or murmured on this great issue.