MEDIA [TV CHANNELS] - THE FACTOR THAT MADE ANNA-FAST A SUCCESS!
The 13 day ANNA-led ANTI-CORRUPTION MOVEMENT BECAME A SUCCESS DUE TO SEVERAL FACTORS.
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR?
WELL, IT WAS THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE INDIAN MASS MEDIA, ESPECIALLY THE TV CHANNELS.
Anna had been campaigning for the last 6 months. But, the general public seemed indifferent. Even on the fourth day of the fast, not even 200 supporters were there to support ANNA's fast, the TV channels reported. But after Anna-Team was put into Tihar jail by the Indian government, the TV channels went all out making it a big issue, more perhaps out of their desire to increase their viewership. The anchors/reporters/astrologers on the TV Channels gave inflammatory anchorage/comments in favour of the team-Anna, encouraging the public to come out in large numbers. They gave prime slot to the hard-hitting, blunt, straightforward speeches made by ANNA asking people to throw out the corrupt government people, treat this anti-struggle as the second war of Indian independence and follow the example of the patriots like SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH, etc. Also, the false charges and comments made by the Congress spokespersons like Manish Tiwari and Rajiv Shukla generated further sympathy for Anna and the Team Anna.
Honestly, the general public did not have a clear cut idea of as to what the Jana Loka Pal Bill is all about. The general public gained the impression that Anna was calling them out to fight against the prevalent corruption.
Consequently, people started pouring out in large numbers to support the TEAM-ANNA in the expectation of a quick solution to the corruption problem. Whereas, the Team Anna on the other hand, was concerned primarily with the purely legislative aspect of getting their 3 demands accepted by the Indian government.It was only after the TV Channels gave out the comparative positions held by the Congress, the BJP and the Team Anna that general public including me came to understand the wider far reaching implications of the government sponsored Lok Pal Bill...!
For the first time in recent memory, the Indian mass media seemed to have discharged its social responsibility most effectively.