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Theorising on Anna Hazare: Disaster Tourists from Delhi

Persuasive and passionate as the argument of Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam (“Anti-Corruption Movement and the Left”, EPW, 10 September 2011) is for recognising the Anna Hazare movement as “one of the most massive people’s movements in ‘mainland India’ since Independence” and the scathing indictment of the Left, the authors have yet not looked at what is happening in “mainland India”.

They have assumed that the “lakhs” who supported the movement in New Delhi were representative of the crores who lived in “mainland India”. I can only go by the experiences in Kolkata and Chennai, where the lakhs were missing from the staged demonstrations in support of Anna Hazare’s movement. I believe that this experience is as valid as the anecdote about a young working class boy who believed “Anna Hazare ke chakkar mein pulis saare case khatam kar rahi hai”.

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