When Parliament passed a “sense of the House” resolution on the Lokpal issue and Anna Hazare ended his fast, the country experienced a sense of relief. It was as if a difficult moment had passed away.
On Sunday, Hazare called for Indians to “note” those members of Parliament (MPs) who vote against his Bill. He said these MPs should then be “gheraoed” in their homes.
Had Hazare not been the man he is and the government more sure-footed, this could have been ignored as another cantankerous statement on his part and? dismissed.
It is not. If anything, his anarchic potential has gone up considerably after his last “success”. He, and certainly the members of his “core committee”, need to understand that this is not how political change can be ushered in a country of 1.2 billion people, one that is already quite difficult to govern.