So here is the thing. We are living in an India where voices can be muffled, and young cartoonists can be jailed for creative dissent and protesters can be beaten up and shown that the State is intolerant of inconvenient points-of-view whether they are about dams or nuclear plants or corruption. And it is not at all accidental that Anna Hazare within the span of one year went on from being a potential political game-changer to a comical stick figure who we all foolishly expected to come to life and save the country. Hazare is not charismatic or the right ‘stock’ and some of his ideas are short-sighted and debatable but in a country suffering from a collective loss of self-belief and integrity, he represented hope and idealistic innocence. But yes, he wasn’t intellectual enough or shrewd enough and his decision to enter politics and fight fire with fire after being systematically targetted by the government and certain sections of the media,evoked titters of derision. Ah, here it comes. What we all expected. Ambition. The man is not just out to fight corruption but to gain power in the very system that he critiqued.