Today is the Independence Day of India. I know it is an occassion to celebrate. But right now, I'm thinking, "Is India really free?"
Do you call a nation where a person, who wants to non-violently protest against the governments attempts to trash or manipulate the law to suit their corrupt selves, is denied the permission to go on a hunger strike. They have refused him the places in the capital of the country saying that the crowd that'll join him can cause pose a possible threat to the security of the nation! They dont just stop at that, now they're lamely telling people that Anna Hazare is a corrupt person himself!
All those who want to know more about him please read this and then decide if you believe the government or Anna Hazare.
If the government was aware of his being corrupt, why is it that they never bothered to bring it to light until the moment when he's about to start his hunger strike!
The attitude of the government is absolutely shocking!
I wish today, that our country be free of all corrupt politicians and bereaucrats... I wish that our country be one where a person can express what he feels...
I wish today, that one day, our country is truly FREE!!!
For those who do not have time to go through the Wikipedia here's a quick 10 things about Anna Hazare 'n Jan Lok Pal Bill.. !
1. Who is Anna Hazar...e?
An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War
2. What's so special about him?
He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra
3. So what?
This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills.
In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.
This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.
5. Really, what is he fighting for?
He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.
6. How that can be possible?
He is advocating for a Bil, The Jan Lokpal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.
8. It's an entirely new thing right..?
In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption).
7. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?
The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed.
Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the JAN LOKPAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.
8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?
A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.
9. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.
Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.
10. Ok, got it. What can I do?
At least we can spread the message. How?
Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pics.
At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from India.
At least we can hope that his Hunger Strike does not go in vain.
At least we can pray for his good health.
Thanks for reading.
Please Spread This msg As Much As You Can 'n Tell Others To Do The Same.. !
P.S. My PC is buried under tonnes of stuff and I have absolutely limited access to internet for a few days... Things will get back to normal in a week (hopefully). I'll reply all those who haven't heard from me as soon as I have full access to internet!
, by Shruti