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Thursday April 07, 2011 04:06:29 PM, Aleem Faizee,

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The cat is finally out of the bag. While addressing the rally in Malegaon April 05 organised to support activist Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption, some speakers came out with a surprising comparison. They said, corruption is more dangerous for the nation than the terrorism. “To save the nation from catastrophe, hence corruption should be eliminated forthwith”, they said.

Certainly! But, there are many more diseases that the Indian nation is inflicted upon down these many years, and all of them – including castism, fascism, anti-minoritism, poverty, illiteracy, communalism, Maoism, corruption, terrorism, and for some even secularism, need to be firmly dealt with to save the nation from catastrophe, in their own words. Then why draw comparison between terrorism and corruption alone?

Surprised, I searched the faces and found, among those protesting against graft, the people for whom terrorism was the core issue that was plaguing the nation till yesterday. It was the time when blasts were taking place across the country at regular interval, especially at the time of elections and whenever a certain political group was in trouble. With every blast, their political base was growing and riding high on the favourable consequences of these incidents, they were projecting terrorism as the sole dangerous entity for the national security, and in the garb of condemning terrorism they were spewing venom against Muslims. This continued unabated till Hemant Karkare came with a shocker (for the world, otherwise, for people like us, there was nothing new in his investigations).

With Karkare’s revelations, terrorism in India had now a totally different color. Instead of facing the cruel reality and mend ways they, who were hell bent against the evil crime, tried to change the gear. Up till now, the terrorists for them were the most dangerous people for the national security. But, when colored in their favourite color, they became national heroes. They showered praises and flowers over them, literally. Meanwhile, they also pressurised the government, sometimes backdoor and sometimes openly, to stop and derail the investigations. They looked successful in their efforts when we found that the investigation Karkare had initiated was almost stopped after his death at the hands of Marathi speaking Pakistani terrorists (according to some reports). But soon, Rajasthan Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) came with Part II of the root cause of terrorism in India. It had in it more shocking account of terror masterminds and clearly hinted at the involvement in the act of terrorism of some very big names.

The revelations by the Rajasthan ATS were enough to set alarm bells ringing in ‘the pseudo-nationalist camp’. They were relaxed after the tragic killing of Hemant Karkare but now found the fire set by their own cadres right at their doorsteps. It was then that terrorism, which remained till then the most dangerous thing for the country, gave way to corruption. Consequently, scams started surfacing and making the headlines one after the other. How, it does not need any elaboration. For, they have good number of friends in the government’s inner circle as well as in the media. And then began, a series of protest campaigns, uproars in assemblies and parliament and fully managed media-debates – all intended to divert the attention of the world from the latest terror revelations.

In between, the Prim Minister Dr Manmohan Singh caused a big blow to their entire game-plan when he said that he was being targeted because his government arrested ‘a minister’. The Prime Minister made a point though he was partly right when he issued this statement. The complete truth is that his government exposed the root cause of the terrorism in India, is the reason why he is at the receiving end every now and then.
Interestingly, protest march against corruption in India was organised even in the United States. No matter if instead of helping their friends back home, this NRI version of Dandi March backfired. For, the communal forces alias pseudo-nationalists were funded for long by the NRIs in the west, is not a secret anymore. Hence it was not difficult for the people to judge the real intention behind their protests.

Nonetheless, when all their efforts, in India and abroad, failed to strike a chord with the masses, in Anna Hazare’s anti-graft movement they found a face saver. Opportunist as they are, they immediately started hobnobbing with the veteran activist. Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption is well known, and older and stronger than the pseudo-nationalist’s fight against the terror. It is because of his selfless fight against corruption that people have lovingly started calling him a Modern Day Gandhi. His cause is noble and his fight is most timely. His crusade against corruption has made him the darling of almost the entire nation. But, as a true lover, it is painful to see that the Modern Day Nero is openly flirting with him and the Modern Day Gandhi is not even resisting.



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