A few hours ago I received a couple of invitations on Facebook (apparently that is how society invites you nowadays) to take part in what they termed a ‘bike rally’ to support Anna Hazare in his melodramatic agitation against corruption in India. This has been dubbed, now and then, as the Anna Hazare Movement. And I am not taking part in the rally.
I am not to be misunderstood, I do not advocate corruption; far from it. But I definitely am against the approach Anna Hazare is taking. And I do not entirely believe in the apparent promises that the Jan Lokpal Bill claims to hold.
The Movement affects more than meets the eye
Anna Hazare’s movement, while being based on Gandhi’s approach, actually affects more than it appears to at first sight. I would not like to dwell on this, but I certainly consider the large number of motorbike rallies going on all over the country to be a great discouragement to the milestone Copenhagen Environment Summit from a couple of years ago.
And, while I may seem repulsive to some when I say this, I know quite a few people who are attending the rally for the sheer pleasure of loitering around