Here's an extract from a comment the writer Firoze Hirjikaka made on the Classical liberals and libertarians on Facebook group on FB. Very well said, Firoze.
Anna Hazare is little more than a glorified country bumpkin and a bit of a buffoon to boot. His unsolicited public pronouncements and summary verdicts are becoming monotonously predictable and are frankly ludicrous.
As long as Anna confined his crusade to the issue of corruption, he had a degree of credibility and even enthusiastic support. But when he sets himself up as judge and jury on everything under the sun, he just comes across looking pathetic. His latest outburst against Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi takes the cake. As is well reported by now, Singhvi was apparently filmed in a compromising position with a lady of his acquaintance.
Anna was prompt to deliver his verdict. “If he is found guilty, he should be hanged” he pronounced portentously.
Hanged for what? Since when is a sexual liaison between two consenting adults considered a crime? In my opinion, Singhvi got unnecessarily defensive by resigning his Parliamentary posts. He did not rape the woman, for heaven’s sake. What went on behind closed doors is nobody’s business except his and the lady in question.
I am aware that we have hypocritical public figures who delight in setting themselves as moral policemen and Anna probably wants to lead that brigade. Even so, to decree that Singhvi’s transgression deserves capital punishment is the height of absurdity and intolerance. You just cannot go around hanging everybody who does not meet your unreasonable standards. This is not a Clint Eastwood western.
If Anna has chosen to remain celibate, that is his personal decision. It certainly does not make him morally or spiritually superior to the overwhelming majority of humanity who lead normal lives. Even the Bible exhorts its followers to go forth and procreate. In any case, by prescribing hanging as his one stop punishment for all perceived crimes and misdemeanors, Anna is merely displaying his profound ignorance of the law and indeed, his lack of common sense. If his team does not keep him in check, it will end up with egg on its collective face.
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