New Delhi/London, Aug 21: Indians have always needed to look upto a leader and when M S Dhoni raised aloft the cricket World Cup earlier this year, citizens of the subcontinent's largest country were sure they had found him.
But with his team's campaign in England turning into a shameful travesty as India's much anticipated quest to retain their number one stature in Tests is being ground to dust by the inventors of the game, the blighted hoards of citizens needed to turn their attention to something a tad more inspiring.
Enter Anna Hazare. A small, non-descript, commoner draped in white and topped off with a Ghati's topi, taking on the might of the Indian government... presents a far more appetising contest. Suddenly a myriad nation's children who have been tormented by the scourge of state-sponsored corruption have found their spokesperson and the ideal talisman to stir up a movement of potentially epic proportions.
While hitherto much-celebrated Indian batsmen struggle to run on the sticky English wickets, a gung-ho sexagenarian breaks into a sprint while protective police give chase. Suddenly the mass-appeal of the grounds of Lords and the Kensington Oval dissipate in the face of the historic goings-on at the Ramlila. Millions of eyeballs shift from a beaten team of 11 disgraced men to a Anna's team which has been bloating by the second.
Bring on those insidious political spinners. We have several CEOs amid the high and mighty ready to bat for Anna and hit them out of the park. Anna has begun this match with a scintillating opening knock. Now, it is up to the disgruntled masses of the middle-order/class to carry on this momentous innings.
A battered Dhoni and Co. can return to their place on the pavilion bench, while Anna seeks out a possible seat at the Lok Sabha and a place in the Indian citizen's heart.