We start this blog for mail received from our readers, the first one being Ambar Walia from New Delhi:
There was a time I supported the Lokpal movement. That was when it was sane, had purpose, was coherent in its mission, and its raison d’etre — We are Indians, and we are tired of the corruption that plagues our nation. Everyone is accountable. That is a worthy cause indeed. I was moved during the protests and the fasts the last time around. People took to them spontaneously across the nation, and the support to Anna Hazare’s crusade was overwhelming. It showed me that people today were not apathetic; that they cared. More than anything it gave me hope for our future. Today, I am sad to say I stand against that very same crowd; I stand against Anna Hazare — even if alone.
Let me begin by saying I believe that the Lokpal bill needs to be passed. Our government needs to be accountable, and the terrible corruption that has plagued our country for years needs to stop. I hold all that to be true. And I believe that there indeed needs to be a radical revolution in our nation for that to happen. However, that revolution is not political in nature, but far more fundamental. The revolution needs to occur in the minds of every single citizen of our great nation.