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India Anna Hazare: Whatever we are seeing is tragic, so I have decided to call off fast

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    Anna Hazare: Whatever we are seeing is tragic,
    so I have decided to call off fast


    PTI | Dec 28, 2011, 07.19PM IST


    MUMBAI:
    In a sudden climb down, Anna Hazare today made a surprise announcement of calling off his campaign to fill jails from Friday and ended his fast.

    No reasons were given by the 74-year-old activist for the abrupt decisions but apparently it was the poor public response to the three-day fast which he had began here yesterday and to have a parallel fast by his team in Delhi that weighed heavily on his mind.

    He was also unwell and was earlier urged by his doctors to give up the fast.

    A girl from Ralegan Siddhi, Hazare's village, gave the activist a glass of juice to break the fast. Hazare offered juice to his team members Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Mayank Gandhi.

    Curtains came down suddenly on the fast with the activist, who showed up on stage for the first time since yesterday, making the announcement about calling it off.

    He also announced indefinite suspension of the 'jail bharo' agitation planned for three days after the scheduled conclusion of his fast tomorrow.

    His close aide Kejriwal said the fast was being called off keeping in mind the deteriorating health of Hazare and the way the "weak" Lokpal Bill was "bulldozed" through the Lok Sabha.

    "...Whatever we are seeing today in Parliament is tragic. So I have decided to call off the fast today. There is only one way now. We will make a programme in the five states and go and awaken people there. I will tell them don't vote for traitors," Hazare told a sparsely attended protest meeting in the afternoon.

    Replying to a question by a reporter on poor turn out, Hazare said,"I have no power, no money, yet people come. You will see at the time of elections how people rise to the occasion."

    He said an atmosphere had been created in the entire country in favour of the proposed fill-the-jail campaign "but I am told Lokpal Bill has not been tabled in Rajya Sabha. What will happen there we don't know. So, the time for it ( jail bharo) has not come."

    Fielding a volley of uncomfortable questions by media which wanted to know why he and his team were making a villain of Congress and targeting Sonia and Rahul Gandhi when several other parties too had not supported his version of Lokpal Bill, Hazare said, "Congress have destroyed the nation."

    After his announcement that he and his team will campaign against Congress in the five poll-bound states early next year and later in the general elections, he was asked whether Congress was sought to be made a villain and whether the strategy adopted by them was not wrong.

    Hazare said they had no reasons to oppose other parties.

    Hazare said he had no reason to campaign against any other party, despite a questioner pointing out that given the Congress' strength in Uttar Pradesh his drive against it would hardly alter its electoral fortunes there.

    Defending Team Anna's anti-Congress stand, Kejriwal said, "Can BSP and SP pass a strong Lokpal bill if they want to? Congress can. If it can get a weak Lokpal Bill passed...If it can get a nuclear bill passed, it can also get a strong Bill passed. The responsibility is of the ruling party."

    Hazare said, "In the last five months, it was the UPA government that has betrayed us. They were betraying us again and again in the past one year."

    One reporter asked whether he will campaign against BJP which betrayed the Hazare campaign in Lok Sabha yesterday and whether Team Anna was not following a wrong strategy, Hazare said, "Congress has cheated them the maximum."

    After this question, Hazare abruptly quit the dais, leaving Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia to field searching questions from the media which was heckled by the crowds that had gathered there.

    Asked about the future course of action, Kejriwal said "We will build up pressure on the government to make subsequent amendments to the Lokpal Act if the bill passed in Lok Sabha is also passed by the Rajya Sabha and is made into a law. We will intensify our agitation."

    In the backdrop of accusations of Team Anna's proximity to RSS and BJP, when it was asked if they would have taken a similar stance if the saffron party was in power, Kejriwal replied with an emphatic "yes".

    "We have nothing to do with any party. Digvijay Singh levels such unfounded allegations but never gives any evidence," he said.

    source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ded-to-call-off-fast/articleshow/11281504.cms
     
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    The SYSTEM won as predicted to kds190 ji way early lollollol peacesign. So sad though for future generations in India.

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    Everything in this universe cannot be done by fasting... lol
     
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    Maybe his approach is right:
    We will make a programme in the five states and go and awaken people there.

    He wants to make people active for his cause at state level before he can bring about a big change at national level.
     
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    Sorry to project but the time is not on his side as a person. He should spend all the time to create a stronger foundation that survives his departure. If there is vacuum on his demise, the movement will collapse.

    Of course I wish well to all against the disease of corruption. There are though great dangers of this being absorbed into radical political activity too.

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    the "Five " states are the ones holding ELECTIONS ?? surprised. not really....to me this whole thing is stage play (Bachitar natak) to ensure BJP WINS.

    2. secondly its NOT that easy to kiss the hangmans noose (Bhagat singh, udham singh kartar singh sarabha and hundreds more)...or copy Darshan Singh Pheruman and fast until demand is really met or death comes....whichever comes FIRST. The likes of NEHRU also wished to taste the PRISONS...just ONE NIGHT in NABHA JAIL made him sweat blood...he never again courted arrest... ( This i call Cheechee nu lahoo laakeh hero bannanna..Smear a drop of blood on ones little finger and cry I am HERO/MARTYR TOO !!)

    Thats why the Holy Sanyasii baba ramdev Yogimaster Brahmcharee ran away in womens clothings..and annah makes excuses every now and then..backing away form his stand...its all a Natak !! Only the BRAVE face DEATH....all others fear DEATH.
     
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    Only the BRAVE face DEATH....all others fear DEATH.


    Very true Gyaniji, it made me think that also, only the brave face life, as life should be lived, all others fear life, as life should be lived, and live a life of fear and attachment, which is in essence a living death.

    If one lives a living death, why would one fear death, I think everything is relative, I feel myself no closer to the answers than maybe you do, although clearly I am way way behind yourself, clearly it is all down to attitude, if one lives with an attitude of living life as it should be lived, one is alive, one may be still searching, but one is alive, but if one lives with an attitude of pleasure, possessions, self, then one is dead, and the only fear is there will not be enough time for redemption, for understanding, and to know what it truly feels like to be alive..
     
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    Harry Ji...
    Baba DEEP SINGH Faced LIFE !! He had sworn to LIVE until he reached Darbar sahib Amrtisar...and when he lost his head a few miles SHORT..he LIVED FACING DEATH until he reached his Goal. Bhai TARU SINGH had also sworn to FOLLOW on the death of the SUBA of Lahore....so scalpless and bleeding he LIVED and FACED LIFE..until a few days later the SUBA died after having the SHOE of Bhai taru Singh ji slapped on his baldy head to make him PEE drop by drop....a DEATH he had "chosen" inadvertantly when he thought (erroneously of course) that HE held the LIFE of Bhai Taru Singh ji in his puny hands...and asked Bhai Ji to..choose your death...and Bhai sahib replied..Suba sahib..YOU CHOOSE YOURS...I will FOLLOW YOU !!
     
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