Prepared By Rushiraj Waghela, Asst. Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Marwadi Education Foundation Rajkot.
4th March, 2012
Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Revolution 2020’: A Coincident Voice of Anna Hazare 1 “It takes years to hang kasab, months to arrest kalmadi, but only few mitutes to arrest Anna...welcome to democratic india !!!!” *** “Desh ka neta kaisa ho – Anna Hazare Jaisa Ho; Desh ki beti kaisi ho – Kiran Bedi Jaisi Ho!” *** “Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isaayi, Anna tere chaar sipahi!” *** “Anna nahi, yeh aandhi hai, Desh ka doosra Gandhi hai!” *** “Gali gali mein shor hai, Desh ke neta chor hain!” ***
“Sarkari Lokpal dhoka hai, Desh ko badlo - yehi mauka hai!” *** “Anna tum sangharsh karo, Hum tumhare saath hain!” *** These were the popular SMSs and slogans being exchanged by the people across the country at the time of Anna Hazare’s recent protest against corruption. His protest is a new landmark in the history of independent India whose struggle against corruption was a gentle reminder of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha. The movement has gained momentum since April 5, 2011, when anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare began his nowfamous hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The chief legislative aim of the movement is to alleviate corruption in the Indian government through the Jan Lokpal Bill. While in Libya and Yemen there is bloodshed for freedom, where people are waging war against one another during the crisis, here in India, a respected social activist Anna Hazare is waging a peaceful, non violent war against corruption. His urge to free India of the greatest evil, corruption, commends appreciation. This fight against corruption staged at Jantar Mantar was not a one- man show. People from different parts of the country gave their support to Anna Hazare. The greatest merit of this non violent struggle was that no political party was involved in it. Anna Hazare and his supporters
were not influenced by any political party. There was only one flag waving high in the sky and in our minds, the Indian National Flag. The fast ended on a very positive note when the idea of Jan Lokpal Bill was accepted by the Government of India. According to the Jan Lokpal Bill, there will be a separate body to investigate and curb the ugly face of India….CORRUPTION; where people have the right to raise their voice against corrupt politicians. Moreover the CBI will be seen as an independent body, free of any other external influence. 2 How can literature be unaffected by this massive agitation? This voice also gets reflected in top-stories, articles and columns. But Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Revolution 2020’ (8th October, 2011) is surprisingly a coincident voice of Anna Hazare as far as the corruption in education sector is concerned. Chetan Bhagat anticipated the anti-corruption movement in his ‘Revolution 2020’ which he started writing two years before its release. The anticorruption movement is almost what Chetan Bhagat wanted. And he is fortunate that the book came out at the same time when corruption is at the top of everybody’s mind. Anna’s movement started when most of the book was done. It's a sign that it's the right book for the country at the right time. And this is how it justifies the inevitability of the word ‘coincident’ in the title of this paper. Chetan Bhagat, after the phenomenal success of his four books i.e. ‘Five Point Someone’, ‘One Night at the Call Centre’, ‘Three Mistakes of My Life’ and ‘Two States’ comes up with his latest work ‘Revolution 2020’ which addresses the hot topic of corruption, a theme
that resonates loudly in India in the aftermath of the mass anticorruption protests led by social activist Anna Hazare. It is actually a love story in the backdrop of corruption rampant in educational sector. Bhagat’s stint as a motivational speaker, which really came about by accident, took him on travels across the country. While travelling for his...