August 18th, 2011
India’s ruling Congress party,
facing one of its biggest political crises in years, spent much of Wednesday
negotiating with Anna Hazare, a popular anti-corruption activist who refused to
leave his jail cell until he reached a deal early Thursday.
The negotiators’ task wasn’t helped by tens of thousands of his supporters,
who gathered in cities and towns across India, chanting, banging pots, waving
flags and holding candlelight vigils in support of the septuagenarian devotee of
The anti-corruption crusader finally struck a deal with police to hold a
15-day public hunger strike against graft, ending the bizarre standoff at a New
Delhi prison where his brief detention had turned into a sit-in protest.
Police had initially given Hazare permission to hold only a three-day public
hunger strike, which he refused, but they eventually relented and agreed to
allow him to hold a 15-day protest, which was to begin Thursday afternoon.
After he struck his deal with police, the hundreds camped outside the jail
erupted in cheers, threw flower petals in the air and shouted “Anna has
The government gained little politically and stood to lose a great deal by
arresting Hazare on Tuesday as he was about to launch an anti-graft hunger
strike, analysts said. If anything, his stature has risen since he challenged
the government and all but forced it to back down. Ministers have been left
looking disorganized and defensive as anger has spread.
Although India has enjoyed strong economic growth for a decade, the last few
days have underscored public frustration over widespread graft, poor government
services and red tape. A series of scandals in recent months in the
telecommunications, defense and sports industries, allegedly involving tens of
billions of dollars, has intensified discontent.
Tavleen Singh, a columnist for the Indian Express newspaper, said her family
had to register some real estate in Delhi courts a few years ago and she went
“The lawyer said to us, ‘Either you pay [$250] to get it done or it will take
two years,'” she said. “So we paid. It’s incredible; this sort of corruption was
right in Delhi. It’s everywhere. Young people are becoming increasingly
frustrated. Just to get a driver’s license, you have to bribe someone.”
Hazare has become a catalyst for this grass-roots frustration. Through a
series of hunger strikes, he has built support for a controversial bill that
would create an ombudsman, or lokpal, empowered to root out high-level
corruption. The government has tried to weaken the bill by exempting the prime
minister’s office and top judges from its scrutiny and making the post strictly
Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh sought to regain the initiative in a speech Wednesday in Parliament.
Singh, 78, has a reputation for integrity and honesty, although he’s come under
growing criticism for the many scandals on his watch and for a perception that
he’s increasingly out of touch.
“I acknowledge that Anna Hazare may be inspired by high ideals,” Singh told
lawmakers to opposition catcalls. But the activist’s approach, he added, is
Despite Hazare’s popularity, even government critics and anti-graft activists
question some of his ideas. Placing this much power in a nonelected office that
could itself become a conduit for corruption is not necessarily the answer, they
say, arguing instead for better law enforcement and governance.
But few can easily dismiss Hazare’s commitment, energy or swelling
Also fueling public anger are demographics, analysts said.
“You have a young, rapidly rising middle class that’s changing the country’s
politics, as seen with this anti-corruption movement,” said Gurcharan Das, an
author and columnist. “This is the trailer of a movie in 2020 when the middle
class becomes 50% of the population. It’s a double feature, politics and the
Outside Tihar prison, thousands of supporters from across political and
socioeconomic lines had weathered the August sun Wednesday awaiting Hazare’s
release, many chanting “Hail Mother India!” and “Down with corruption!” The site
of his detention was not without irony, given that Tihar’s inmates include
businesspeople, politicians and a former minister being held on corruption
The crisis had been building for days. The government initially tried to
impose 22 restrictions on Hazare’s protest, including limiting his hunger strike
to three days and allowing only 5,000 supporters to attend. When he refused,
police moved in Tuesday. After they granted him release on bail, he outflanked
them by refusing to leave prison, demanding that all protest restrictions be
Kisan “Anna” Baburao Hazare was born on June 15th, 1937 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Hazare
June 15th, 1937
6 + 15 +2+0+1+1 = 25 = his personal year (from June 15th, 2011 to June 14th, 2012) = Activist. Advocate. Rooting for the underdog.
25 month + 8 (August) = 33 = his personal month (from August 15th, 2011 to September 14th, 2011) = Taking a stand. Not backing down.
33 month + 18 (18th of the month on Thursday August 18th, 2011) = 51 = his personal day = Government. Police. Prime Minister.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Anna’s primary challenege = AH = 18 = Surreal. Maya.
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