I barely believed it when I first read that in Hazare's village, Dalits were flogged for eating meat. But this detailed research article by Mukuk Sharma published in April 2011, which I chanced upon only now, provides the detailed background to Anna's theory of authority and punishment .
The claims in the article are almost certainly the truth, being in character with Hazare's methods and style displayed through these last few months. Also, Team Hazare has not sued Mukul Sharma for libel.
In other words, it is almost certain that Anna Hazare has COMMITTED VIOLENT, CRIMINAL ASSAULT.
This article also shows that Anna has a deeply statist and collectivist ideology. Maximilien Robespierre would have been proud of him.
I'm afraid for India. We first had Ramdev who demanded the hanging of the corrupt, and now we have a REAL CRIMINAL being glorified as a "Gandhian". And Kiran Bedi claiming that "Anna is India"!!!
I would urge the Maharashtra government to investigate these charges and BRING ANNA HAZARE TO CRIMINAL TRIAL.
A Belief System
“In olden days, our country had much wealth. We had a great civilisation. Our people were strong. Our villages were the place of mutual love, affinity and closeness. There was a lot of community work. Our mythology gives us a reference of 33 crore Gods…. Now we have lost our national culture, pride and spirit.”
In the process of social transformation, Anna believes, advise, persuasion or counselling do not always work and occasionally force has to be applied. The fear of physical force works. However, it cannot be applied permanently and has to be replaced by a more durable moral force.
“In previous days, there were liquor brewing units in the village. They all are closed now. Annajee gives punishment to those that take liquor. The person is tied to the pole and flogged overnight. The gram sabha has decided to form a group of 25 youth of the village, who can also give this punishment to the drunkards. Only last year, two-three villagers were caught in a drunken state. Annajee and the youth gave them the standard punishment and then handed them over to the police.”
‘I was drinking. I was also tied to the pole and flogged two-three times. It is normal. Annajee will try to make you understand once or twice and thereafter, he will beat you badly.’
“Mere existence of a family planning law does not help; its rigid implementation is warranted. This law should be made applicable to all persons living in India, irrespective of caste or creed and if necessary by force…. We have had the practical experience of need of force while implementing family planning measures in Ralegan Siddhi and hence this conclusion!”
Though the closure of liquor brewing (daaru ki bhatti) reduced alcoholism in Ralegan Siddhi, some villagers continued to drink. They obtained their liquor (daaru) from neighboring villages. The villagers decided that those men would be given three warnings, after which they would be physically punished. Twelve men who were found in a drunken state even after initial warnings were tied to a temple pole with help from the youth group and flogged, whipped and beaten black and blue with an army belt. Anna Hazare says, “Doesn’t a mother administer bitter medicines to a sick child when she knows that the medicine can cure her child? The child may not like the medicine, but the mother does it only because she cares for the child. The alcoholics were punished so that their families would not be destroyed. They continued with the beatings till ALL the alcoholics gave up drinking alcohol and the village became a model village with everyone totally sober and productive members of society till today.
India's 'new Gandhi', the anti-corruption leader whose hunger strike sparked nationwide protests, led a violent campaign of fear and intimidation to create an acclaimed model village, his disciples said on Thursday.Senior aides in his model village yesterday told The Daily Telegraph he had ordered a gang of youths to destroy distilleries and publicly thrashed 'drunkards' in a campaign to ban alcohol from his village.But according to senior aides in his charitable trust and the village Gram Sabha – or assembly – his revolution was based on a strict code of behaviour and harsh and violent punishments against those who broke it.The code bans the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, compels "voluntary" labour on community projects and forbids families from having more than two children.Several senior disciples of Mr Hazare told The Daily Telegraph the ban on alcohol and the use of violence to achieve it was central to the village'stransformation.Thakaram Raut, a retired secondary schoolteacher and trustee of Anna Hazare's Hind Swaraj Trust, said Mr Hazare used a gang of young men in their twenties to attack and destroy the distilleries of those who ignored his order for them to close."Drunkards" who broke the ban on alcohol were brought to the village square, tied to a telegraph pole covered with barbed wire and personally whipped by Mr Hazare with his canvas army belt."There were 40 liquor units working. Some stopped on advice and some did not listen to him. So the youths went and destroyed the units. They were tied against the pole and were beaten by Anna Hazare personally. It happened to about ten to 15 people," he said.He told aides only he could administer the beatings because only those who, like him, had served the people "like a mother" had the right to punish them.Those thrashed by Mr Hazare eventually came to worship him, said Mr Raut."When they went to the temple, they prayed first to Annaji and then to God," he said. Mr Hazare has admitted the punishments in earlier interviews.
"You can drink elsewhere," he told villagers. "But if anyone here is found drunk, he'd better watch out."He soon proved he meant business. A few days later when three men returned to Ralegaon drunk after a binge in a nearby village, Hazare had them tied to the temple pillars and personally flogged them with his army belt.Anna Hazare is unfazed by criticism of such behaviour. "Rural India is a harsh society," he says, "if you want change, it's sometimes necessary to be tough."
Anna and his followers were tying people to trees and beating them up for drinking alcohol or chewing tobacco in his model villages of Maharashtra.
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