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5 Reasons why Anna Resonates with the Masses

In my previous article, I had a doubt about how the public will react to Anna’s second fast unto death. I was more skeptical about the response to his Jail Bharo call. But I am glad all my skepticism has been proved wrong. The public has responded, and how. Tens of thousands of people have come out on the streets in support of Anna Hazare. People have courted arrests in hundreds and in Delhi, police has to convert a stadium into a jail to keep those arrested. There were around 100,000 people marching to India Gate in Delhi and around Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Now can the government arrest them all?

I am really glad that the public has risen to the call given by Anna Hazare. But what is special about Anna Hazare that he has galvanized the whole nation when most of us didn’t know him at all a few months ago. How is one man able to dictate terms to the government? How has he cut across the social and economic divides of the populace which is so deeply entrenched in our society?

History of Work Done

He is an ex-army man who fought in the 1965 Indo-Pak war and later build his village into a model village, self sustained and free of all social ills. People from all over the world have come to see the amazing work he has done. He has not married and devoted his entire life to his village, and later in his fight against corruption. After that he has fought corruption in Maharashtra and he was one of the active crusader behind forcing the Maharashtra government to bring in the Maharashtra RTI act, one of the first in the country. He has given his life for the service of the nation since the last 35-40 years..

Clean Image

He has devoted his life to social activism, mostly in Maharashtra. He developed his village Ralegan Sidhi into a model village which people from all over the world come to see. It is considered a model of self sustainable living and of environmental conservation. The World Bank Group has concluded that the village was transformed from a degraded village in extreme poverty to one of the richest in the country.

More than a lakh people march from India Gate to Ramlila Grounds on 21 Aug

More than a lakh people march from India Gate to Ramlila Grounds on 21 Aug

No Personal Assets or Motives

Anna Hazare lives in a small room attached to a temple in his village since 1975. He has no assets and has a bank balance of Rs 67,000. Whatever land he has is being used for development purposes for his village. His only source of income is the pension which he gets from the Army. He has devoted his life for the betterment of his village, and after that fighting against corruption. He has never done anything for his personal motives.

Gandhian Principles

What is most heartening is to see Anna Hazare following Gandhian principles and using the same methods of fasting and Satyagraha for his cause. In a generation which has come to doubt Gandhi and the relevance of his principles in modern times, this was ample proof of the relevance of his methods irrespective of time and generations. He has called to our souls in the same peaceful manner that Gandhiji did.

Given Hope to Millions of Frustrated Indians

More than anything else, the one reason why Anna has resonated with the masses is because he has given hope to millions of frustrated Indians. Everybody knows there is corruption in every nook and corner of the country. But the BIGGEST problem is that nobody can do anything about it. Everybody is helpless in the regard that there is nobody to complaint, and even if they complaint, they end up being harassed by the same people. Anna has given people hope and shown them a way which might lead to a corruption free India. That is why he caught the government totally unaware!!

It won’t be wrong to say that Anna Hazare has come as the Messenger of Hope in the current state of our country. He has managed to turn all the cynicism and pessimism into an enthusiastic and optimistic revolution by the people of India.

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  1. 21st century youth very intelligent,smart and advance. No one can impose anything on them.They are following Anna only reason because we did’nt get anyone like him after Mahtma Gandhi who was a voice of whole nation.We can not see a single man with whom we can compare Anna in the present indian politician…Now our government is trying to spoil his image but nobody can prove anything , they are in government they can produce any fake docs or reports .The tragedy is always is whenever anything is happening wrong we just make an enquiry commission and after that another enquiry commission and so on.Thats why our demand is now to get justice in two years , no one should have problem in this modification afterall change is require after a long period of freedom.

    Our governmet forgot to do what they suppose to do now for India , now someone has to come forward thats what happened.Rather than listening to the voice of the nation they started blame game.This is not acceptable.Even we are not fool to follow someone.Anna is having such capabilities and good image thats why we are supporting him.

    One should understand here this when PM was elected there was News on every channel that the youth of India supported him, now this is our PM responsibility to understand the demands of youth otherwise he is putting himself in a doubtful image …Why he is not speaking when this is the time to speak in support…

    Only demands on priority is JANLOKPAL and government has to pass it in any circumstance .

  2. We the people of India have woken up. There is a relisation that we have certain rights. We Indians were confused between our rights and privilages.It is a wake up call for the politicians to shape up or shape out. You may not see the changes in ur day to day life immediatly but change is in the air.