i am beginning to think it doesn't show 'soul force', it shows 'blackmail by cranky old men'. this telengana business is crazy. for a nation to be blackmailed by one fellow is utterly pathetic. first there was that nut or martyr (depending on your perspective) potti sriramulu. now this guy, and there will be lots of 'copycat fasting unto death' types demanding various pieces of turf.
radha rajan's book deconstructing gandhi comes to mind. the guy was no doubt a marketing genius, but in the end he undid all the good that he did with two major blunders:
1. he never understood mohammedans
2. he foisted upon india a crypto-mohammedan as 'the great leader'
now at least gandhi *was* a marketing genius. all these latter-day fasters-unto-death are charlatans. the point is, they do not in fact fast unto death.
if you believe in your cause, you must die, like the buddhist monks in vietnam who burned themselves to death in protest against the attacks on them by the christist madame nhu, diem, nguyen administrations.