It is interesting to know that your fast is striking the chord of which section of society. No doubt, the feelings of the well-to-do Indian middle classes are getting resonance in your campaign, who are concerned about corruption because it adversely affects the ‘brand value’ of their otherwise ‘Shining India’ and is a hurdle to their ambition of making India a super power. But, does your fast resonate the cry of the 47 percent children of this country who are malnourished and dying of hunger? Does your campaign strike the chord of the 77 percent of the population of this country who are condemned to live on Rs 20 a day which includes the informal sector’s workers, small peasants and landless labourers. Does your campaign offer any hope to the toiling millions who are suffering from the yoke of capitalism whose inevitable byproduct is the mindboggling corruption which you claim to eradicate within the confines of this system? The answer is certainly NO because if it did, your campaign would have included the issues like the right to life and livelihood, right to food, housing, health and education to every citizen of this country apart from the issue of corruption. But you chose to observe your fast on as narrow an issue as merely the enactment of a legislation to fight corruption and you want us to believe that it would end the corruption!
The ruling classes would be too happy to see a movement like this which could be easily managed and which does not even given them a few sleepless nights. That is why your campaign is nowhere headed towards a real mass movement – a movement whose specter could haunt the ruling classes. The emancipation of masses calls for a broad based movement which is not narrowly focused on one legislative issue. Such a movement would not depend on the plea and prayer before the criminals, exploiters and oppressors but on the assertion of the collective strength of the people for their inalienable rights as human being. May be your campaign would catch millions of middle class eyeballs before TV set and attract millions of mouse click in the cyberspace, but a fast unto death of Gandhian style cannot be a role model for the movement of the emancipation of the toiling masses; instead it calls for the sacrifice and martyrdom like Bhagat Singh and his comrades!