Anna Hazare’s Strike Against PM Modi Fizzles Out

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare

As the government is not likely to meet Hazare’s demands, he is expected to soon end his strike.

By Rakesh Raman

Social activist Anna Hazare, who had started an indefinite hunger strike against corruption and farmers’ issues in Delhi on Friday, has lost 4 kgs in 4 days. But the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has almost ignored Hazare.

It is said that there are hardly any supporters for Hazare at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan where he is sitting on the hunger strike.

Hazare had not allowed politicians to join him in the protest because it is largely believed that almost all politicians in India are corrupt.

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Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal was supporting Anna Hazare in the anti-corruption protest of 2011. But Kejriwal cheated Hazare to form Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and enter dirty Indian politics. Now, Kejriwal is perceived to be one of most corrupt politicians that India has produced.

Another reason for the failure of Hazare’s protest will be that he has diluted his messaging to the government. Instead of focusing just on corruption, he is also demanding better Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for farmers and expects the Modi government to address the agrarian crisis in the country.

As the government is not likely to meet Hazare’s demands, he is expected to soon end his strike.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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