One man, 73 years old, an ex-army man, not educated, not rich, no position, no organisational support, no affiliation to any known political or business party, no political status can - on the strength of his belief, his conviction - ask questions of the Government of India in a peaceful manner and be heard in a manner that mobilises thousands across the country. He keeps asking the questions, he does not back off until he is heard.
His belief and conviction catch public attention and probably for the first time we see thousands of real people congregating in open support at rallies. These people come on their own cost, brave rain and sun, sacrifice their earning opportunities for the day and support his cause peacefully. They all want an honest, clean, transparent accountable administration and governance.
And the entire country watches as these rallies go on peacefully. The Government allows it and the stage is set - not for confrontation but for discussion and some way forward. One man, in India, has this power. He can express - and all else too - can choose to express with him or differ. Not many countries can say that they can see things like this. Peaceful marches, fasts, rallies, candlelit walks.
Corruption may not go away in one moment, overnight, but if anything this movement shows the power of what this country can do in its unique manner. We can disagree, we can discuss, we can express. Tanks won't roll in. People won't be bundled away or shot. One needs no further proof of the power of democracy than this. Everyone, if they have the belief and the conviction, can be heard, can ask questions. If this seventy year old gentleman from a small village in Maharashtra can do it, so can everyone else.