Amidst fast, voices grow against Anna

As Anna Hazare inches closer to a historic ‘victory’ over the government, the voices so far inaudible in his high-decibel campaign, are getting louder.

Updated: Aug 23, 2011, 09:58 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: As Anna Hazare inches closer to a historic ‘victory’ over the government, the voices so far inaudible in his high-decibel campaign, are getting louder.

A large section of civil society activists, Dalit leaders and legal experts are up in arms against the Gandhian countering the ‘wave’, opining that the movement is bordering ‘fascism’.
All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations chief Udit Raj, a Dalit heavyweight, is all set to storm India Gate on August 24 along with his supporters to launch ‘Save the Constitution’ movement aimed at opposing the Anna.

As the movement is largely supported by the urban populace, the Dalits and lower class Muslims of the country are already feeling alienated from this upper-caste mobilisation. The open support by the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh further complicated the matter.

The anti-Anna voices are growing in Mumbai also where human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi started her campaign. Shabnam termed Anna’s ‘second freedom struggle’ as violent saying that anybody who enforces that ‘accept Jan Lokpal bill in 18 days flat’ is actually violent as violence needn`t be physical alone.
She is all set to take her movement to various states to garner support.

The film industry is also not rallying behind the Gandhian anymore after initial support. Some in the industry are even against Anna’s way of protest. Among them, the most prominent is filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt who opined that, “The ultimate aim of man is to play God. Anna is succumbing to that temptation.”

Bhatt is set to join Hashmi to publicise the “hazards” of what he calls is an “undemocratic uprising”.