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to the Baba?This was the protocol for the day, he said Team Anna has subsequently joined the argument on Twitter and in TV studios But at Jantar Mantar on SundayAnna Hazare quietly heard out the Babas reprimand as he sat on the stagelooking small and subdued in a long line of speakers dominated by saffron-wrapped yoga gurus and acharyas With volunteers and workers of the Patanjali Yogpeeth and Bharat Swabhiman Trust threading the crowdand his PR machine sending out e-mail updates to the media at a furious pace (including a list of 12 panelists for the evening TV shows)Ramdev owned the stage and everything on it YetRamdevs show on Sunday ended up being more about Team Anna It was about Annas anti-corruption campaignhaving hit a dead-end at Mumbais MMRDA Grounds last Decembernow attempting to ride piggyback on the charismatic and controversial yoga guru whose empire has launched a thousand corruption charges and several notices by the Enforcement Directorate It was also about Team Anna being talked down to by Ramdev And about Anna himself taking that opportunity to the Baba Most of allJantar Mantar last Sunday was about Team Anna surrendering the last vestiges of the ambiguity and fuzziness that had proved to be its biggest strength in the early daysin exchange for a free ride on the giant Ramdev machine For all its self-righteousnessand despite the persistent strain of anti-politicsfrom the first fast at Jantar Mantar in April last year to the August mobilisation at the Ramlila groundsTeam Anna had shown a nuancing and widening of its appeal It was reflected in the tweaking of stage props The Bharat Mata portrait at Jantar Mantar was replaced by Gandhis picture at the Ramlila maidan Identifying five-year-old Simran and eight-year-old Iqra who helped Anna break his 13-day fast at the Ramlila maidan as Dalit and Muslim may have been an exercise in crass symbolism Yetit also reflected Team Annas anxieties about competing with Parliaments claim to a broader representativeness In contrastRamdev who was with Team Anna when it started out but soon pitched his separate anti-corruption tent seemed assailed by no such insecurities Ensconced in his empirehe seemed rattled only by the ED notices both he and his aide Balkrishna again complained about at Jantar Mantar on Sunday In its best versionhoweverTeam Annas success was not because of what it said or did Right up to Augustthe campaigns strength lay in the fact that its rhetoric and performance drew in its audienceonly to be upstaged by it The secret of the Anna phenomenon was that the crowds had rendered him into a symbolic figure Team Anna crucially contributed to this by making a point of keeping itself above the party-political fray That made Symbol Anna seem more capaciousand more embracing of the diverse needs and projections of its audience With Ramdevon the other handthere has never been room for ambiguity There is nothing tantalising or open-ended about the Babas cocktail of yogaswadeshi and muscular nationalism with generous lashings of political Hindutva that last was evident even without BJP president Nitin Gadkari touching his feet You can either be alienated from Ramdevor become his follower and be minded by his well-resourced machine The difference was starkly framed in the two mobilisations at the Ramlila maidan last year At Ramdevs show in Junealso starring Sadhvi Rithambhara of Ayodhya infamyprotestors were made to register at a row of stallsone for every stateand assigned to neatly partitioned enclosures named after nationalist heroes There they sat and listened to the godmen and spiritual leaders who had lined up on stage and were magnified on giant screens But only a couple of months laterduring Annas fast at the same venuethe heaving audience had become its own show Over 13 dayscall-centre workers and small businessmendaily wage labourersbored housewives and restless students roamed the groundsoaking in the carnivalesque atmosphere and contributing to it The crowds were exultantly unmindful of the stage as they compulsively photographed and videographed themselves on their mobile phonesrecording a momentary belonging to a larger public spacedancing to dhol beats and swapping corruption stories The activity on the ground was unceasing long after Anna had retired for the night and the lights had died out on stage There were other differencestoobetween Baba and Anna If Annas goal is to establish the omnibus anti-corruption LokpalBabas obsession is black money Ramdevs audience is mostly rural while Annas has been largely urban But the main differencetill recentlywas this: while Ramdev was the star of his own showthe audience had played the leading role on Annas stage Looking backthe story had started changing for Team Anna after August more preciselyever since the plunge into the Hisar campaign against the Congress in October Ever sinceTeam Anna has almost been trying to wrest back the stage from its audience by giving itself a boundedless freeflowing brandand by defining its enemy in shriller and narrower terms From battling the Congress in Hisarit was a short step to ratcheting up the confrontation with Parliament in Decemberand the recent round of intemperate name-calling directed at the prime minister It has been a story of a shrinking because of overreachand a complete misreading by Team Anna of its own strengths Even to Lokpal unbelieversthat Sunday image of Annadrooping and diminutivenext to the prancing Babaseems redolent with missed opportunities For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shombit Sengupta | Published: July 22 2012 12:02 am Related News Italian companies in India sell high quality mens shoes that lace up elegantly through 16 small eye-holes If inevitable wear-and-tear breaks the metal edges of these stylishrounded lacesyoud be hard pressed to locate laces this long and thinas I found out the hard way In Italy on work last weekmy 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