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Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption! Why should you care?

Anna Hazare who? Why are all our news channels and newspapers suddenly concentrating on him throughout the day? What has he done that even the politicians don’t have the courage to face him? How dare he openly tell news channels that no politician has the right to come and sit with him on the stage?

For the uninitiated he is an ex – army man who fought the 1965 Indo – Pak war. What is more prominent is the fact that he built a village called Ralegaon Siddhi in the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra which is powered by solar energy, windmills etc and is one of the richest villages in the country. So what’s the big deal? Isn’t this all too common in India?

He has launched a massive movement against corruption in the country. A movement against corruption? Isn’t that passe? Who will care? Interestingly the movement is for the implementation of the Lokpal Bill which was envisioned in 1972 by the then law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan but has not been established in deeds even till today. According to the bill, the politicians and bureaucrats would be accountable for their deeds and corrupt practices.

He has gone onto a fast unto death till the following demands are met: –

1. Government agreeing to pass the bill

2. Drafting of the bill by 50% government and 50% participation from the people

So what’s so great if the bill is passed? Will it solve anything? When the bill is passed, it aims to punish the guilty however rich they maybe in just a maxium of 2yrs. Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal – an activist, Aamir Khan and many more are supporting this movement.

But then haven’t we seen movements before? Isn’t corruption talked about in every blog and article? Haven’t we seen this before?

What is different is the fact that an activist has mobilised opinion across the country as well on the net. He seems to have the balls to target the politicians with words. He has also made people and politicians alike take strong notice. What depends to be seen is whether this campaign can become a revolution and go just beyond words!!

Interestingly with Sharad Pawar resigning from the GoM, things do look promising enough. 

I am sure we can change a few things with our support! What do you think?


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  1. Hi Aseem,

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  2. Kameswaran

    No offence meant .. bt this is not gonna make any difference .. y create such an issue at this juncture …. to me it looks more like trying to influence people before elections…i have my share of respect for ANNA HAZARE but he has given some politicians the turf to fight on..whats more irritating is the face of RAJDEEP sardesai acting the angel in the midst of the issue.. i think ppl have frgttn his(rajdeeps) support for Barkha Dutt and Nira Radia..if politicians are asked to go .. then the media should be told …. MIND ur BUSINESS .. its a noble effort and every indian must support it ..but lets just keep the monkey business controlled ( pltcns,media nd the celebrities )

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah thats for sure that it could have given the politicians an issue to fight for. But then should we just sit back and relax and go on with the “chalta hai” attitude? I dont think so. But Anna Hazare’s so called revolution risks being just another nicely worded attempt at changing things. I hope some action happens too.

  3. Raveendra Singh

    don’t agree with you kamesh..
    elections or not, media or not, politicians or not the cause is just and hopefully it will not die down.. we should take inspiration from the people of egypt. this status quo will not do. and yeah, while it’s true that some celebrities might be doing this for their own publicity, in India hype like this makes a difference to set the ball rolling. if aamir khan writing to the pm gets a few thousand people to notice, there’s no harm

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah its an attempt to prevent us from accepting everything just like that or move away from the “Chalta hai” attitude. But well begun is half done. The recent comments by Hazare supporting Modi and Nitish Kumar and also inviting Ram Jethmalani on stage but throwing away Uma Bharti makes me look at this with slight suspicion now. I hope it doesnt end up as just another revolution.

  4. Anne Hazare is a great man and indeed has mobilized the Indian people to stand up to the corrupt politicians.
    But do you think the two versions are good, or are they both extreme. Well, I am having doubts.
    What do you think?

    • aseemrastogi2

      The bill is a good attempt at avoiding corruption but he is making political statements right now supporting Modi, Nitish Kumar and all. And that is making me wonder if its all for the media. I sincerely hope not.

  5. Prakash jain

    We should and must support shri Anna hajare and his team for our bright tommorrow.and Being Human its our responsiblity to support every person who is working for Humanity.

  6. pravin khade

    really shri. anna hajare doing great work for our nation. it’s duty of every indian to support anna hajare.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah he has really awakened India. But the question is whether he will be able to achieve the results he has set out to achieve.

  7. rahul

    I think the time has come to struggle for the second freedom after the Independence of India. The useless congress govt. has snatched the democratic and fundamental right of every citizen of India. What is use of such a govt ? Some congress politicians who are giving their sattements against Anna should kept in mind that they won the seats from their constituencies based on the vote cast by the peoples of India. Before Elections they came to us like beggers for vote saying ” Pl give us vote” and after winning the seats they are behaving like Hitler. Such type of Hitlership will never ever meet the day to day peaceful life of Indians. and should be protested by every Indians. Do not vote in future to such type of congress politicians in future so that they should learn the lesson in next election.Read more –

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah you are right when you point out the problems of Congress. But I have just one question “How sure are you that the next government wouldnt be this bad?”

  8. Anna Hazare,anti-corruption activist victory is a great is a victory for the entire people of India regardless of caste,religion and culture.the government of India led by Mammon Singh should know that the voice of the people is the voice of God and quickly pass the Lokpal bill without further delay

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