Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Hazare is not the issue; govt mustn't make him one - Rediff.com India News

Hazare is not the issue, says Saisuresh Sivaswamy, and the government should not make him into one.

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Rather, it should focus on the issue he has voiced: Corruption that is depriving people of the mind-boggling welfare funds but for which India [ Images ] would already be a member of the Comity of Nations the prime minister often speaks about.

At the best of times India appears ungovernable, its Oriental chaos, a metaphor for its vibrancy, often shrouded by unfair comparisons with the orderly Occident. Alas, we are clearly not living in the best of the nation's times, so the chaos appears even more uncontrollable.

The economy, touted as the toast of the world (or at least that part of the world that matters to the articulate, middle class, affluent Indian), is not on a roll anymore it seems. It is no coincidence that social activist Anna Hazare's campaign targets, and in turn appeals to, this burgeoning section of India that is concerned as much with the decimal points in the GDP growth and the dollar-rupee tango as by the aam aadmi's railway coach being left behind by the chugging engine of growth.

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