'Anna, focus on corruption, stay apolitical'

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Dec 15, 2011 09:16 IST
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    BJP leader Arun Jaitley and CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat at anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare's one-day fast in protest against the proposals of the Parliamentary standing ...

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    Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, 74, center, shouts slogans as he starts his day long fast, in New Delhi. AP Photo/Manish Swarup

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    Veteran social activist Anna Hazare arrives to start his day-long fast next to his portrait in New Delhi.REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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    Veteran social activist Anna Hazare prays at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat during his day-long fast in New Delhi. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma.

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    Social activist Anna Hazare arrived at Jantar Mantar to sit on dawn-to-dusk  fast for Lokpal bill in New Delhi.

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    Veteran social activist Anna Hazare prays in front of India's national flag during his day-long fast in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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    Veteran social activist Anna Hazare waves to his supporters in front of India's national flag during his day-long fast in New Delhi . REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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    Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, 74, meditates as he sits at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi. AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi

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    Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, 74, pays respects at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi. AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi

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    Veteran social activist Anna Hazare sit in front of India's national flags during his day-long fast in New Delhi . REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

While many Delhiites support social activist Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption, people are not warming up to his comments on issues such as foreign direct investment, polls and alcohol consumption.

“I give my absolute support to Anna when it comes to the issue of corruption… Having said that, I also feel that there are lots of issues on which he is not in tune with the current realities. He is not a 20-year-old in today’s world,” said fashion designer Jatin Kochar.

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Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, said, “Anna Hazare is a catalyst to the issue that everyone needs to be sensitised about and people who get involved with politics eventually get involved in policy as well. But flogging those who drink is taking it too far. This is a violation of free will. While I don’t propagate alcoholism, I believe it is a person’s right to make the choice to drink.”
 
Carry on crusade, no strings attached
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The average Keralite believes Hazare can stem the cancerous growth of corruption. The same average Keralite, however, views with scepticism his opinions on other issues such as the Hisar by-election, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar being slapped and cure for alcohol addiction.

His supporters want him to concentrate on tackling corruption. “I want his campaign to be apolitical, without any strings or colour,” said priest and activist Thomas Maruthur.

Dictatorial ways rankle
LUCKNOW: Hazare’s anti-graft campaign has struck a chord with residents of Uttar Pradesh capital. Nine months into the crusade, though the support remains intact, the perceived dictatorial ways of Team Anna is attracting some nods of disapproval. “One cannot dictate terms. I wonder why there is no mention of corruption in big business houses,” said Malik Zahid, a research scholar at Lucknow University.

Feelings strong, reaction weak
KOLKATA: Hazare’s supporters in the West Bengal capital are willing to go out on a limb. Sushil Pandey, president of civilian group Jago Swabhimani, said, “We are completely tired with corruption around us.”

Software engineer Anand Mathur said, “The protesters need to unite and mobilise their protests. Though the feeling among the people is strong, the reaction is weak.”

Anti-Cong tenor dents credibility
AHMEDABAD: For residents of Gujarat’s financial hub, the credibility of Hazare’s crusade has been tainted by the overt anti-Congress political colour.

“I don't understand, why Anna should allow opposition party leaders to highjack his initiative. The track record of BJP on corruption while in power has not been inspiring,” said RTI activist Amarsinh Chavda.

Trader Sanjay Shah said Hazare’s focus was limited to corruption of political class.

Social observer Shiv Visvanathan said both Team Anna and the political class had not shown the required maturity to deal with the issue.

Time to reshuffle Team Anna
BANGALORE: Support for Hazare, mainly among youngsters, is growing by the day.

But his supporters in Karnataka — which has probably seen the most political churning in recent times over corruption — are worried he could be digressing from the core issue of corruption.

People also believe it is time to reshuffle Team Anna.

 

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