Two cheers for Anna
AND WHY I HOLD BACK THE THIRD ONE
A man from a village in Maharashtra--Ralegaon Siddhi-- has captured the imagination of the entire nation, like no one has done in recent times. Indeed, right now his name Anna --reverberates even across the borders. Even in countries like Pakistan and China that have remained otherwise hostile to us, he is seen as the symbol of people ’s power. He has surely touched a chord, and struck a raw nerve with the people. In him, they see hope.
Simply not done, Mani Mani Shankar
UNLIKE MOST of the run-ofthe- mill politicians, Mani Shankar Aiyar belonged to the elitist Indian Foreign Service before he took the plunge. As a trained career diplomat, he handled many sensitive posts including one in our volatile neighbourhood of Pakistan. He is wellversed in the art of using words as weapons for he has worked as a regular newspaper columnist (his articles have appeared in this paper as well, when he has been out of power), and knows how to draw blood with his verbal arrows. Aiyar is aware that to criticise anyone you do not have to lower yourself in the esteem of others. As an ex-Stephenian, he also knows that when you get abusive, you expose the limits of your own vocabulary.