Fasting and faster
Anna threatens to fast again. And Kejriwal continues his drive-by shootings
The season of feasting brings with it a depressing threat of fasting. And a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach, for it is demonstrated that even a Gandhian can go back on his word. Anna Hazare had abjured fasting after his last binge in June. He had retreated to his rural idyll, admitting that his fast had taken a greater toll on his own constitution than on corrupt institutions.
Now, Arvind Kejriwal is going mainstream with a political party and has agreed to relinquish the movement's mother brand, India Against Corruption. Hazare is happy to regain ownership, revive the brand and put it back on a diet of good intentions and fresh air. This would keep alive his branch of the movement — the rootstock, actually — but is it capable of going anywhere? The return to the politics of fasts and ultimatums suggests that it can only go round and round in circles in one place — Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.
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