New Delhi: From
calling it the fight for real independence to advocating a more
cautious mood in the battle against corruption -- there was an
outpouring of postings on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook after Anna Hazare broke his 97-hour fast here Saturday
"Anna Hazare is another Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. We support
Anna Hazare," posted Kartikeya Putturaya on a Facebook page on
There were similar adulatory messages from other Facebook users.
"The fight for REAL INDEPENDENCE has been started!!!!!!!!!" said
Delhi-based Sahil Bansal, while businessman Rakesh Gupta
congratulated Hazare on the victory of Indian people and democracy
On Twitter, 'Jantar Mantar', the venue of the anti-corruption
crusade in central Delhi, was among the top five most widely
quoted words by users in India.
Lucknow resident Puneet Pawaia echoed the views of several
twitterati when he posted, "Congratulations to the people of
India. The battle has been won but the war is far from over."
There was an avalanche of tweets asking people to sign up for the
online campaign in Hazare's support. "Sign the petition for the #Lokpal
bill!," said Sudershan Pandhi.
Reflecting the youthful element of the campaign, Chhavi Negi
wrote: "Cool to see the youth saying, "AnnaHazare jee, you are the
rockstar...you are the dude!" :) & they knw that it is just the
But, there was a lot of scepticism about the intentions of the
government in accepting the demands of the social activists.
"Is it a real victory? Has not govt thrust themselves upon the
nation in the form of co-committee. What opposition parties are
for," said Dev Das.
Similarly, Mani Suresh wrote: "Just hoping this isn't another
dirty game by the politicians to bring the momentum down."
A popular political commentator on Twitter with the alias, 'pragmatic_d'
was critical of the goals of the campaign as well as the sudden
surge in support for it, noting that democracy had no quick-fix
"Democracy is so messy, with elections & legislation. Yeah, at one
point, the same guys in cocktail circuits wanted a Musharraf for
India," he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, a Twitter
enthusiast, also cautioned that 'victory' could be illusionary.
"Now that victory has been declared time to ask who will the
"people's reps" be accountable to & how will accountability be
enforced? (sic)," he asked.
Actress Neha Dhupia tweeted: "Just landed in Delhi and it already
feels less corrupt...", to which Abdullah quipped: "Someone tell
me this is meant to be tongue in cheek".