‘The point of no return is the point beyond which one must continue on their current course of action because turning back is physically impossible, prohibitively expensive or dangerous. It is also used when the distance or effort required to get back would be greater than the remainder of the journey or task as yet undertaken. A particular irreversible action (e.g., setting off an explosion or signing a contract) can be a point of no return, but the point of no return can also be a calculated point during a continuous action….’, reads wikipedia.
Yesterday, Indian politics and the civil society reached a point of no return – when a resolution was passed by sense of the house, agreeing to the three critical demands of Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill, in both houses of the Indian parliament. Though the historic moment proved to be a sign of victory to all the concerned, we need to acknowledge the ‘fact’ it is a point of no return, as a result of occurrence of events in the course of last 12 days of civic or mass protest against the government. The resilient mass that came on to the streets cannot be ignored or fooled any longer especially when 600 million of them is youth. Needless to say, it is the largest youth population in the world. The relationship between the Indian civil society and the parliament has drastically changed as a result of ‘Activist’ Anna Hazare’s nationwide movement against corruption. No, it is not the same as it was 13 days earlier. The momentum of protest that grew from strength to strength cannot be subsided by any ‘external’ force. And the Team Anna will not let it subside at all. Call it a inflection point or whatever?? I have mentioned earlier too in this blog – the CHANGE was imminent and Anna Hazare could foresee it early; much before the elite and educated; the savvy political class; the 7 year insensitive ruling government; other lobbyist vested interests and the opportunist Indian corporate or brand sector.
What next, Anna Hazare?
Right from this moment, Anna Hazare should be focused, lead from the front, exercise his well earned moral authority, gracefully accept help from his well wishers in the parliament and draw up an agenda within the constitutional framework. It is a long path; but, let me say – corruption is a Monster and if you can defeat it or even maim it, everything else will fall in its right place. Mind you, take one task at a time, do not lose the objective and stay focused.