So far, the "darling of the masses" Anna has remained confined to his parent state Maharashtra launching tirade after tirade against the ruling class. There is little evidence whether he's achieved anything by way of results. It is also interesting to note that the mainstream media, despite being totally cavalier to the interests of people launched him in a big way last year. There is no mention of how funds came in, how public opinion was sought to be changed and how much money changed hands to launch a 24x7 coverage.
Why things change so little? Fact is that politics in India caters only to narrow parochial sectarian interests. A common man has pure disdain for the political events but the Government chooses to reward the voting masses by it's largess. Hence you see a rotting wasteland example of NREGA, NAC (without accountability), Food Subsidy bill etc.
People whose interests are served up in this manner would be loath to change. For very obvious reasons because the system serves their interests pretty well. Would they oppose reservations because affirmative action is a failed example for integrating the minorities? Nope. Would the people think collectively and oppose NREGA despite mountains of money is being siphoned off? No.
The only people who raise their voice are newspaper readers writing angry letters to the editors or people like me on this blog. We are pretty powerless because the "literate" middle class is disjointed at every step.
That could explain the possibility of groundswell support for the neo-gandhi" trying to create a super-megastructure that is not accountable to anyone. Since we are all famously cynical, mercifully, the "lokpal tamasha" is slowly waning off.
Therefore a socio-political engagement is required at a deeper level. About urgently needed parliamentary reforms and making the existing system deliver effectively. There is also an urgent need to put bureaucracy more effective and accountable to the people ranter than total paralysis of decision making.
Let 2012 ring in some fresh ideas that keeping it mundane. The newspapers, media and the "civil society" debate on the realities than echo the drawing conversations about the weird looking humbug from weirder sounding village in Maharastra.
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