The government is not responsible for Anna’s fast

I support the cause of the Jan Lokpal movement, but am concerned by Arvind Kejriwal’s latest statement.

This government will be responsible if anything happens to Anna: Kejriwal #lokpal
starnewslive
August 25, 2011

I believe that this is false and incites anger against the government. I think it weakens Satyagraha to lose its insistence on Satya.

 

The following are my thoughts on the subject.

I disagree that govt is responsible if anything happens to #Anna. He made a choice. Team Anna made a choice when chose this means of protest
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
However, I think there needs to be skilled handling of the issue, considering conditions in the country. Feeling pessimistic about govt
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
If the govt had handled the protests well, when Kejriwal said “you are responsible”, they could look in eye and say “no”. Now, kid gloves.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
It is not the way of truth to blame others for our choices or consequences. Kejriwal was wrong and misleading to guide a country into blame.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
At the same time, the govt should not overreact to Kejriwal’s words and hold the bigger heart. Compassion, not threats.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
The govt is negotiating. They are not very bright, but they can’t be held responsible if someone starves himself to death.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
I still support the IAC, but this blame game must not happen. The citizens made a choice. They can break fast and choose another protest too
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
Time for citizens of India to think deeply about the nature of Satyagraha. It is a choice, not a compulsion. The govt compelled no one
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
If govt responsible if anything happens to Anna, then govt must have right to make him eat. Can’t b responsible for what they don’t control.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
Satyagraha is acting from our deepest truth. Our truth is that the govt couldn’t prevent Anna starving himself. Don’t stray in tough time!
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
I’ll get lynched for this, but Kejriwal’s words are sedition – inciting people against govt. Very wrong. Also insult to Anna’s integrity.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
I demand that Kejriwal withdraws his statement. Must not use support for Satyagraha for blackmailing. This is corruption too!
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
If the govt is to be blamed for the consequences of a Satyagraha, then its achievements are also govt achievements.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
Satyagraha is about asserting rights, needs in a peaceful manner. The idea is not about blame games, but sacrificing as much as needed.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
I am not against Anna. I believe in this movement for the Jan Lokpal. I believe that Kejriwal’s statement is wrong and weakens it.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
I don’t believe in blame games. I don’t support them. That is my truth. @AmritHallan
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
I accept that it is an emotional time for all. I accept worry and hurt can make us lash out in blame. It must be evaluated and withdrawn.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
Agreed. RT @crguna: @Vidyut Expecting the corrupt to hang themselves did not work. The only alternative is a long struggle.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
Absolute power corrupts. It is not only the govt responsible for it. Arvind Kejriwal derailed today.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
A good way ahead for Team Anna right now is to think calmly and carefully. Ask Anna who should be blamed, if need be. He knows. His choice.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
Now is such a bad moment to find out IAC supporters understand Jan Lokpal Bill well, but not Satyagraha. Very important. Tough time ahead.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
I don’t remember if I called it blackmail. It is not. You can’t blackmail with an opinion. You just have it. Contd
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
But it is false and ethically wrong. Weakens satyagrah. What is a satyagrah without satya? A person’s responsibility belongs to him.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
The responsibility of Anna’s actions lies with Anna. Concern, fear or grief can’t change that. That is my truth.
Vidyut
August 24, 2011
It is also an insult to anna to call his powerful choice something he was forced to do. I would hate it if my sacrifice were called that.
Vidyut

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