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Of a Few, By a Few, For the Few: Bobby Kunhu

April 10, 2011

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU, carrying the debate on the Anti-corruption movement forward

I am distinctly uncomfortable with predictions – using either scientific or unscientific tools. For me it smacks of charlatanry – from astrology to psephology to stock market speculation. But with the charade that was unleashed for the past few days on news television by the mainstream media and of course at Jantar Mantar and a few other town squares across the “mainstream” Indian political landscape by Anna Hazare’s fast – I did dare to make an attempt – both at prediction and more comfortably with dissent. I foretold the outcome of the fast tableau at an emergency meeting that was convened by some co-travellers at the Salem Citizen’s Forum to debate on whether and how to show solidarity to Anna Hazare…

…Well, it is not just Anna Hazare and his team who won this match comfortably. All actors who joined the show have won the match. Everyone – the “civil society” that sat on fast at Jantar Mantar and other places, the Corporate media, the glamour world, the Government, political establishment of all hues and shades – everyone who bothered to join the game. It was like bathing in the Ganges during the Maha Kumbh – everyone’s sins were washed away. And of course nobody in their right minds regardless of political affiliations or ideologies could take a position “for corruption”!!! A veritable Bush-ian position — either you are with Anna Hazare or you are with corruption. And yes, India Incorporated has won the match and it is time for celebrations!

Read the full post on Countermedia

7 Comments leave one →
  1. voyeur permalink
    April 10, 2011 11:56 AM

    are you ridiculing the movement or deriding it? Please tell me so I know if I have to categorize it under ”then they laugh at us” or ”then they fight us”.

    But I’ll give you this much sir this is much more consistent than the other piece on this blog criticizing the movement and to that extent. Very much in the format of the left/sub altern critique of Gandhi. Let me go read up on what the reaponses to that were so I can respond properly.

  2. anirban permalink
    April 10, 2011 7:15 PM

    probably the only good thing to have come of the last few days:

  3. November 16, 2012 11:32 AM

    Read the lead and comments with interest.


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