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Amol Sharma, Wall Street Journal correpondent in New Delhi, discusses the anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, his hunger strike starting tomorrow, and his popular movement.
How differently social movements are portrayed in the Corporate Media, here. Ai WeiWei, for example who wants to overthrow the legitimate government of China and probably represents a few thousand people in a country of a billion and a third, is continuesly portrayed as a 'Pro-Democracy' activist, fighting for freedom. Anna Hazare, who's protest movement would be threat to the ruling Capitalist class in India, is portrayed on the other hand as someone who would bring 'chaos' to India. Leave it to the Wall Street Journal to decide for us what and who stands for Democracy.As Capitalism-- an amoral, corrupt system, is challenged all over the world for the misery it delivers to most people, people hopefully will come to understand the lies that its corrupt media delivers to us, all in the name of 'Democracy'.
I understand that 120,000 people is not representative of the entire population. However, how representative is it of the people that have access to the internet and the time to devote to social activism. Given that most corruption in India likely impacts the poorest, most of do not have the money to go to an internet cafe and sign a petition. The poor are also probably the largest section of the 1.2 billion.
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