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8 APRIL 2011

So, Ms. Poonam Pandey was willing to bare all if the Men in Blue brought us the World Cup after a gap of 28 years.

Now the big question is: will she bare all if Anna brings us the much-promised ability to get rid of all the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats after a gap of 42 years?

That would be a good trophy to win.

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And how will the rest of us celebrate? Will we party till 4 am on Marine Drive or honk ourselves silly at India Gate? And will the Indian cricket team throw their lot behind the brave Anna Hazare? Have you heard a single cricketer talk about removing corrupt politicians from the cricket boards? Well, Anna got Sharad Pawar to quit the board that was to oversee the drafting of the anti-corruption rules.

So, is there any call for a Bharat Ratna?

Or are we all concerned that the noise from an Anna celebration could drown out the thumping heart beats of the cheerleaders as they Go Go India, Dhak Dhak India.

And any sign of the industrialists who were busy writing letters to the Prime Minister on getting a cleaner India and how successive corruption scandals were hurting the image of India? Haven't heard from them so far.

And any "promoters" as we so rightly call them, calling Anna the best CEO the Indian freedom movement has had since the other freedom movement which got rid of the British?

Inconvenient truths

The truth is that, if Anna succeeds, the established order is at risk.

Not just the politicians and the babus, but even the industrial friends who spent much of their industrious efforts on sweetheart deals.

The young children trained by their fathers to break a red light and settle the problem with the traffic police will be at risk.

The industrialists who ran the most profitable business-to-babu racket (the Indian version of the B2B model that is prevalent in Silicon Valley) are at risk. The supply chains of underhand deals for over-land and under-sea assets that moved billions of dollars of public wealth into private coffers were the most efficient conduits for the transfer of wealth this side of the Columbian drug trade. That will be at risk.

Basically, much of the wealth established over the past 40 years and greatly exaggerated over the past 20 years, could be at risk.

Maybe the Air India planes flown by those pilots with fake flying licenses should be on standby to take everyone closer to their hidden treasures. Like what happened in Algeria and Egypt.

But we have a practical dilemma staring us straight in the face: what should we do?

Is it time to focus on the IPL and stay away from the noise that Anna has created?

Or is it time to focus on Anna and stay away from the noise that cricket can create?

Which victory is more important? And can we work with equal gusto for both?

What is real? What is unreal?

Will Poonam enlighten us or will she - and a corruption free India - remain a figment of our imagination while the World Cup remains our only victory?


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37 Responses to "Will Poonam Pandey bare all for freedom?"

Lalit

Apr 22, 2011

excellent article . Here I think u have raised a bigger issue that we majority of Indians are
happy to celebrate criket victory which in no going to affect us as a citizen whereas Anna Hazare who is trying to bring material positive change hardly got support (except press) . That means our politicians rightly represent the corrupt majority.
keep writing bold aricles.

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Raghavendra Rao

Apr 21, 2011

Excellent and important article.India needs more bold writers like you to show the right path to the people who have been living with cricket.A lready lots of year passed after independence for real freedom, now it is right time to fight against corruption from our systems and politician. Masses voted for expectation of good governance but after wining the politician become king for the masses. It is time to stand we all with Ajitji for corruption free India. Plz support to hang the corrupt politician. Jai Indian.

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Raficul Islam

Apr 21, 2011

Excellent and very very important article from Ajitji.India needs more bold writers like you to show the right path to the people who have been living with cricket.Already lots of year passed after independence for real freedom, now it is right time to fight against corruption from our systems and politician. Masses voted for expectation of good governance but after wining the politician become king for the masses. It is time to stand we all with Ajitji for corruption free India. Plz support to hang the corrupt politician.

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Apr 15, 2011

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Amol

Apr 13, 2011

Nice article ajit. according to me india saw 2 events in two weeks, which braught generally dispersed and divided people togather. One was the world cup win, which saw people from all walks of life coming togather and enjoying. much as respite from all the bad news sorrounding us. second was anna's movement against corruption which again saw usually divided and indifferent people coming togather to back him and other activists.

I think these are two events which braught India togather for any cause or any purpose after 26/11 mumbai attacks. i think events like this which brings people togather should be taken positively to make things better. whether poonam pandey bares or not.

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Ayanna

Apr 12, 2011

Cricket in this country is in itself the biggest of all shams where millions of people are made jokers by bookies who run the game and where people while away their time in front of TVs to see 22 people making a joke of a gentleman's game. We are getting to a situation where this country is going the banana republic way. Time we as a nation stood up against all these political scamsters who stay in power, not by talent, not by leadership qualities but by money power. Our Prime Minister, who everyone calls the clean PM is the biggest scamster of this whole drama, what else can he be when he prefers to keep his mouth shut while all his cabinet colleagues are looting the nation, a man who silently supports the corrupt is more dangerous than himself being corrupt.

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sreenivas

Apr 10, 2011

please don't compare publicity stunt of Ms poonam pandey
and wc victory with Anna Hazare's great crusade against corruption. the first one shows the level we can go down and the other shows the level we can reach.

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N S Sankaranarayanan

Apr 10, 2011

Forget Poonam,Hail Anna we are solidly behind him.But this
is only the beginning there is a long way to go.Everyindividual shoud take a pledge not to offer a bribe or take a bribe.To start with in every govt.organisation which are the hotbeds of corruption such activists should come together to bring to book corrupt individualsAs far as Annas campaign is concerned I have this to say
Jhukegi sarkar,jhukanewala chahiye,
Soyi hai Sarkar jhagane wala chahiye
Behosh sarkarko hosh me lana chahiye
Jaiho Anna,Hazare Anna
Anna anna,Hamare Anna

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Sanjay Barnwal

Apr 10, 2011

It's excellent article and I commend Mr. Ajit Dayal for his boldness. It's very rare that common people participate in such a movement. However recent election results of Bihar and now huge participation of common man in Anna Hajare's movement across India is a burning example that common man is just waiting for a good leader and if they find him / her they will give their complete support. However the Industrialists and Celebrities would not be participating in this type of movements because their vested interest. Initially when a person joins IAS or IPS he is not dishonest from the beginning however the system makes him corrupt over a period of time. And the system is inclusive of all - Politicians, Bureaucrats, Industrialists.

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Rajesh Dhingra

Apr 9, 2011

I have been reading your article for many years now.
This time it is soul stirring indeed.

Keep it up . We all honest taxpayers are with ANNA for sure.

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