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?