‘I didn’t want to fast in Mumbai, but was forced to do so. My health deteriorated’

Walk the Talk

Anna Hazare speaks to The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV 24x7's Walk the Talk about why he has suspended fasting, and why Kejriwal 'must not target too many people at the same time'

I am in Ralegan Siddhi, in this beautiful temple complex called Padmavati Temple. This area used to be a very thick forest not very long ago. My guest today is the man who has created this miracle out of this wild place. He has also built this incredible movement which is now rising all over the country — the movement against corruption. He has brought corruption to the centrestage of the national agenda. Anna Hazareji, welcome to Walk the Talk.

Namaskar, dhanyawaad.

The biggest thanks must go to you because you invited us here, you gave us this opportunity (to speak to you).

Media is the fourth pillar of democracy. Good things should reach people and what you are doing is good. This shapes society, which in turn shapes the country. I want to thank you for doing this important work.

Because the media is the fourth estate, so it has the right to ask questions. There have been times when the media has had disagreements with you. There were times when we questioned you. People even said we were against Team Anna. We are not against anyone. It is both the media's right and its responsibility to question powerful people, people who control or influence agenda. Do you agree?

Bilkul. I don't think it is bad. No one has any vested interest in this and all those people who are working for society and the nation should work together. This will help society and the country.

We raised many questions — never on your intentions, but on your strategies and methods.

I don't consider asking questions to be an offence. It is possible that one may not realise or understand the mistakes that one is making. Sometimes another person's point of view makes one realise one's mistakes.

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