The man vs the govt: the Anna Hazare redux

‘A great antagonist is some one who believes in the inherent goodness of his own intentions and a great drama is where everyone is an antagonist.’—Goldman

Some how I am getting a hang about the times of our freedom struggle (doesn’t mean that I think this is the ‘second freedom struggle’). All the hard facts about our freedom struggle aside, there are certain nuances and things about the atmosphere that becomes revealed to you in unique occasions like this… A politically shrewd person raising the right kind of issue with an immaculate sense of timing… The government which is exasperated by ‘this weird man’ with ‘eccentric ideas’ rigid in his own way… The other Indian parties and stake holders who don’t agree with him in most issues but still put up with him because he is effective… The public dictated more by pure emotions rather than nuances and subtext, ready to sacrifice for this total stranger… History does repeat in its own mysterious ways.


2 thoughts on “The man vs the govt: the Anna Hazare redux

  1. That is indeed a great quote. In this real life drama, Anna Hazare is clearly in the role of the protagonist — for now. And in real life, unlike the reel one, the switch from protag to antag happens very quickly. Only a couple of years ago, Manmohan Singh could do no wrong. And was being hailed by “Singh is King” slogans. Today, the shoe (or should I say the topi?) is on the other foot (head) and people are chanting “I am Anna”…. Great grist for screenwriting material, wot say? 🙂

    1. Yeah Adite, there is scope of a ‘Heat’ with a political backdrop:). The problem with us writers is that in situations like this also, we stand back and ruminate instead of being part of it 100% emotionally. We are always searching for a good story. It can be both a boon and a bane.

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