[IAC#RG] DEFICIENCIES observed in Annaji's satyagraha from March23rd 2018
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"Venkatraman Ns" (via indiaresists Mailing List)
2018-03-25 14:44:04 UTC
It is good to read your letter to Anna Hazare.

The country spontaneously responded when Anna Hazare launched his anti
corruption fast a few years back. The event after his fast proved that a
number of his lieutenants used the publicity and support for the fast to
benefit themselves in politics and Anna Hazare could not control them. .
Number of his earlier supporters now stand without credibility with regard
to their anti corruption commitment and they are now in powerful positions.

Many people wonder as to from where Anna Hazare get all the fund support to
launch such fast once again, which appears to be looking like a glamorous
affair. Obviously, it requires copnsiderable fund support to organise such
event. Transperancy is a very important aspect for any credible movement.

Mahatma Gandhi said that a man of truth should also be a man of care.

After the massive fast several years back which did not produce results,
Anna Hazare repeating the same thing make people wonder whether publicity
is more important than actual achievement.

The battle for anti corruption has to be fought in the minds of Indians, as
cross section of people whether belonging to lower, higher or middle income
group, educated and uneducated apart from politicians involve themselves
in corrupt activities as a taker of bribe or a giver of bribe.

Anna Hazare does not seem to have taken any efforts to fight corruption in
the mindset of the people.

However, I know that there are several people at individual level who are
fighting corruption and making personal sacrifices for the cause. Anna
Hazare would be doing greater service by identifying and highlighting such
people and showing them as role models to the country.

Second fast after the much publicised massive fast on earlier occasion
when several so called anti corruption crusaders gained for themselves by
posing themselves as Anna Hazare's supporters, is bringing the method of
fasting to fight corruption to ridicule.

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Bhrastachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Nyas
(Anna Office)
Ralegan Siddhi
Kind Attn: Shri Anna Hazare and other trustees BVJAN
Dear Annaji
We at INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION, jan andolan were delighted to observe you
from afar at Ramlila Maidan when we visited on March 24 2018 and made a
token contribution to your trust.
As fellow activists and concerned non-political citizens who have
participated with you for over a decade in various RTI and social programs
please read our genuine comments / brotherly advice on your present *andolan
/ satyagraha* very carefully.
1. It is a sin to God, and a criminal offence under the Indian Penal
Code, to take affidavits from innocent activists and victims of scams as a
precondition to join your anti-corruption movement which contain
declaration(s) that the deponent promises to never join political party(s)
or stand for political office in the future. It appears that you are unware
that India is a democracy and participation in politics / democracy is a
fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India only suspended
during times of Emergency. Accordingly the INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION is
constrained to protest that your BVJAN membership affidavits are either (a)
deceitful devices to filter out those opposed to corruption.from
participation in democractic processes or (b) to locate independent persons
to be sucked into a certain political party. .
2. There is rampant misuse of NATIONAL FLAG (*tiranga*) at your
satyagrahas. If it had been anybody else but you, the INDIA AGAINST
CORRUPTION would have put the offenders in jail by now. *eg.*
a) We are unable to tolerate that numerous ladies you brought from
Maharashtra were draped in the tiranga (tricolor) and as such using the
open latrines one had to pass through to enter the venue of your protest
because Modi Sarkar's intolerant Govt had blocked all other access gates to
your protest site except the one entrance which passed throgh these open
latrines where *Swach Bharat mission* has not yet reached..
b) We are unable to tolerate that you have placed yourself above the
National flag and were speaking from a raised platform high above the
National Flag.
c) We are unable to tolerate that you are waving the National Flag when
the Flag Code of India and Supreme Court judgments (eg. Navin Jindal versus
UoI) only permit private citizens to wave paper flags and that too on
nationally important occasions / days.
d) You should know that fund raising organisations like trusts and
societes are specifically barred from using the National Emblems in a way
to lower the public esteem of the emblem or to dishonour them..
e) The venue of your satygraha is alongside Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi named
in honour of Shri Asaf Ali whose wife Smt. Aruna (*nee* Ganguly) Asaf Ali
raised the *tiranga* at Azad Maidan to ignite Gandhi's Quit India
movement when all national leaders had been arrested. You will surely
recall that the British wanted Indians to salute their flag "Union Jack"
and Aruna Ganguly's brave act of raising the flag of India was a protest
against that Government and its Union Jack flag. Hence, we at INDIA AGAINST
CORRUPTION cannot understand why you insist on waving the flag of the very
Governments you claim to be protestng against. If yours was a true act of
protest against the Government you would have waved the Union Jack at your
Satyagraha to remind the present Govt that they should stop behaving like
the East India Company.
3) We at INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION are unable to understand why you are
associating wth and supporting the Staff of the PACL Ponzi scam who were
instrumental in deceiving lakhs of innocent investors out from their
savings. Even today all that these staffers and their unions want is for
PACL to restart business so that their PONZI scams wil continue.
4) Lastly, we are unable to understand why some BJP workers close to Ms.
Kiran Bedi, and who were earlier in Aam Aadmi Party are on your latest Core
Committee. This is probably the reason why many disillusioned persons
prefer to stay away from your *anshans* and consider you a BJP / RSS
agent yourself.
We sincerely implore you not to continue your satyagraha unless the above
mentioned deficiencies are corrected
Jai Hind
Sarbajit Roy
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