I bow before the steel will of Sharmila of Manipur continuing her fast for last 10 years.
The people with conviction stand for their cause and fight for it whether they get support or not. But when the support is weak or no support it is taken that the cause does not stand in priority. This is the problem of democracy functioning on numbers. When the mass rallies behind a person fighting for a cause, it naturally gets attention, and the party in power takes note of it and tries to accede to the demands either in full or in part by an open or secret deal. This truth we cannot deny.
In Manipur Sharmila's case, the subject was of local nature, relatively of a small geographical area who do not have the structure or personnel to convince the full masses of the nation. Moreover, the Special Powers help the major section of the population. A repeal of it can also help the militants who are getting help across border. For the people of the country as a whole,it is a relatively small matter of micro level. Hence mass involvement is not there.
Anna Hazar's movement attracted mass involvement all over the country because corruption touches all. But the government and tainted political parties make all attempts to divide the people and finish the movement by making it look as if it is the work of a few people, or helped by foreign countries , and of a certain section only.Government with large resources in its disposal may succeed in it also. God Forbid that.