Mujtaba Khan


The misadventures of Anna and his men

With Team Anna’s U-turn from their “anshan” approach to weeding out corruption, a new epoch is visible in Indian politics, and the electoral battle for the 16th Lok Sabha is bound to be an interesting event. Like the UPA-1, the Anna Hazare movement also started with a big bang, thanks to media activism, eventually to take a steady dive into oblivion as the movement’s second phase failed to elicit both media enthusiasm and public warmth.

Power trips

The spectre of the 16th Lok Sabha has already begun to haunt political parties, especially the BJP. After having lost the Delhi throne twice, consecutively, the party has geared up to thwart the UPA’s attempt to hit an electoral hat-trick. To do this, the party leadership is desperate to champion the cause of anti-corruption and make its crusade against corruption an electoral plank. Of late, the saffron brigade has demonstrated astute political shrewdness in their overt support to the Anna bandwagon, a well-calculated strategy to eventually hijack the anti-corruption movement that has supposedly gained popular currency.

Minority interests

It may not be an exaggeration to postulate that normally reforms in India generate counter reactions. And when it comes to any pro-minority, more particularly pro-Muslim reform, the reaction is more pronounced and conspicuous. It is in this perspective that the ongoing discourses on the issue of Jamia Millia Islamia’s “Muslim minority institution” status, needs to be viewed.

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