By NVONews.Com Staff Correspondent,
New Delhi: After his release from the police detention on Saturday the India Against Corruption activist, Arvind Kejriwal, said that he would not leave Parliament Street and termed it another Tahrir Square.
Notwithstanding his campaign against the Union Law Minister, Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise, the use of the term Tahrir Square has elicited an interesting debate. Louise is the project director of the NGO, Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, which works among the physically disabled. Both Khurshid and wife have denied the charges.
How can the Indian situation be equated with that of Egypt? After all India has 65 years of democracy, barring a brief period of Emergency, while Egypt had almost six decacdes of dictatorship.
Can a campaign against corruption be equated with the full-fledged people’s struggle against dictatorship? Whereas a large number of people were killed and injured in Tahrir Square leading to the overthrow of the former President Hosni Mubarak here in India no one has lost his or her life. After all Arvind Kerjriwal is free to launch his struggle and use any language against the Manmohan Singh government or ruling Congress party. Here he can fight a party and run for election. There is independent judiciary and institutions like Election Commission and CAG.
True the Manmohan Singh government is not paying any heed to his demand for Salman Khrushid’s resignation yet he is free to launch his stir for ever. The government machinery only makes a preventive arrest for security reason. Kejriwal and his supporters were arrested and later released. It can not be denied that the Indian Parliament has its own sanctity and any protest towards it will be dealt with in the similar manner.
What Kejriwal and his men as well as women failed to understand is that when a movement started using bombasitic and hyperbolic terms and exaggerate a situation it is more likely to lose its direction.
After all what they failed to fathom is that corruption is not confined to Delhi and UPA. He and his team has remained completely silent over charges of corruption elsewhere in the country. What about the scam which involves Reddy brothers. Is not it worth rupees thousands of crores? Top BJP leaders of Karnataka are involved in it. It is said that its beneficiaries are some Congress ministers too.
But Kejriwal only wants to hog the limelight of the Delhi media, therefore, he only wants to agitate in and around Delhi. There may be no denying the fact that some of the UPA ministers have minted huge amount of money, especially during the second term. If he really wants a revolutionary change he would have to travel far and wide too. After all Tahrir was the outcome of decades of struggle throughout the Egypt.
But Kejriwal knows his limitations. He is aware as to how Anna Hazare’s fast failed to evoke good response in Mumbai late last year. So the best way is to take to streets––obviously Parliament––and get maximum media coverage.