Vinod Sharma


Anna And Team Anna - Poem by Vinod Sharma

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.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 3, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 4, 2012


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