Our dear media has done it once again! They have once again misquoted Anna Hazare in the most horrible of manners, making him appear as someone who endorses violence! On January 25, 2012, all newspapers, TV channels and news websites flashed a news item which said that Anna feels one should start slapping the corrupt if corruption doesn’t end! By reading this article further, you will realize how false were the news.
The entire team of the upcoming movie Gali Gali Chor Hai had organized a screening of the film for Anna at Ralegan Siddhi, since the film is based on a Common Man fighting corruption. After watching the film, Anna, while speaking to the media, explained one of the scenes of the film where the protagonist Akshaye Khanna slaps a corrupt minister. Anna said, “When someone loses patience while fighting for the truth, he feels the only option left is to slap.”
If you wish to see and hear it yourself, here’s the video (skip to 2 minutes 8 seconds):
It is clearly visible from the video that he is just speaking about a scene. It’s terrible to see the way he is quoted as an ambassador of violence. Not-so-long-ago, he misinterpreted as someone who wishes to tie all drunkards to a tree and bash them. We all know how true this was. Last month too the media tried hard to prove that his Mumbai fast at MMRDA was a flop. I proved them wrong at that time in my post which you can see here.
Looking at the way our media is trying to misinterpret and sabotage Anna and his movement, I think I will get used to writing such posts to present the true story. It’s such a shame that our strong media is busy promoting falseness while we, the common people of India, are left to spread the true message. But we will do that! Anything for the nation and the movement!
P.S – Anna has himself explained his slap statement on his blog here - http://news.indiaagainstcorruption.org/annahazaresays/?p=128