The entire nation is celebrating the mighty assertion of people’s power led by Anna Hazare, which culminated in yesterday’s historic parliamentary resolution acknowledging the popular yearning for a strong and effective Lokpal to combat corruption.
There is, of course, much to rejoice in the fact that the thunderous roar of the people – not just those who had gathered for days at Ramlila Maidan, but in cities and towns across India – was finally heard by our tone-deaf parliamentarians who had thus far been living in a parallel universe of power.
We've taken an important first step, but a journey of a thousand miles lies ahead. In that context, what happened on 27 August will go down in the annals of Indian political history as a defining moment when a nation was awakened anew. If this is indeed our second “freedom struggle”, as Anna Hazare framed it, yesterday was a red-letter day in that struggle.