Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Of corruption and a lone wager against it!

For the last two years or so (more precisely since the general public started to use RTI effectively) scam after scam has been tumbling out of the government's closet and despite that no concrete action has been taken by the government to bring this raging monster under control.

The government has been sitting on the Lokpal bill for last forty-two years and that also a weak one. They are not willing to implement even a toothless Lokpal let alone a proper law that aims at prosecuting the corrupt.

This is where Anna Hazare came in. Anna is a seventy-eight year social activist from Maharashtra who was instrumental in getting the RTI act passed by the government with it's teeth intact. Anna has decided to sit on a hunger strike unto death for getting the Jan Lokpal bill passed like he did with RTI.

RTI has helped us, the normal citizen know what the government is doing but it doesn't give us the power to get them prosecuted. The time has come to get our right, to stop this monster of corruption that has been keeping us from achieving success as a country.

When people like Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Archbishop of Delhi, Swami Agnivesh, Mehmood Madni, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Mufti Shamoom Kashmi, etc. join forces you got to take notice.

Yesterday morning when I left my house on way to Jantar Mantar I was just another normal Indian but the experience that I got there has changed me. Anna is not just another political or social activist. He's a living Mahatma Gandhi and in a country where the father of the nation has become synonymous to 'majboori' thanks to the famous lines 'Majboori ka naam Mahatma Gandhi' it is necessary that people like Anna achieve something following the Gandhian way of non-violent action.

I have pledged two days of fast in support of Anna and till he's at Jantar Mantar I'll be there each and every day giving him my support and doing whatever is withing my humble capacity. Hope that the other youngsters of this country also rise and put their weight behind Anna before it's too late.

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