Treasure Island

Vinod Sharma


Anna and Team Anna


A five and seventy man
Went hungry could have died,
For clever, hungry men
Who showed us hope, lied.

They said it was a war
Against political corruption,
Turned out was a show
To get political traction.

Power is a bitch, we knew,
That bites deep and hard;
But Team Anna fooled us all:
A veil of tough Kevlar.

Naked they all stand now,
Promises tall and fake;
Nehru's tryst, JP seen,
There's no more we can take.

Submitted: Friday, August 03, 2012
Edited: Saturday, August 04, 2012

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Anna Hazare is an Indian social activist who has led movements to promote rural development, increase government transparency, and investigate and punish official corruption.

A Gandhian who believes in non-violence, he fasted last year to compel the government to bring an effective anti-corruption legislation so that errant politicians and bureaucrats could be punished. Foxy politicians made all the right noises but successfully stalled enactment.

He went on indefinite fast again a few days back, along with some other members of his team, but this time, they called off the fast only to announce the formation of a new political party, a move seen as a betrayal of the cause by many.

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