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It is beyond any question that corruption has heavily & rampantly eaten in to the innards of our political and administrative machinery and grossly affected our daily lives. The situation is now so obviously bad that a minimum level of graft & corruption is not only tolerated, it is almost expected.
This desperate situation explains the enormous surge of support this movement has received, aided in no mean measure by the impeccable credentials of Anna. We should be justifiably jubilant about how this movement has brought the issue in to a much needed sharper focus.
But now while we "civil-society" have partaken our share of the elixir of ideological victory, congratulated ourselves by clicking on the Like buttons and celebrated by disparaging the political system thoroughly, it would do well for us to remember that oligarchy is no solution to this problem.
It is the robustness of our political system and resilience of our democracy which still remains the best hope in establishing a fair and corruption-free society. We should therefore not get carried away in our protests and be led astray by the self-appointed custodians of the civil society who are vociferously denouncing the whole political system and pressing for more autonomy and more teeth to their vigilante justice. Most of these supporters have hitch-hiked themselves on to this bandwagon with an attempt to shine in the reflected glory of Anna and serve their respective ends.
My thought finds congruence in today's editorial of Indian Express (IE dated 9th April'11), which I reproduce here below for you to read.