Thursday, April 7, 2011

Anna Hazaare

1. Who is Anna Hazare? 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.
4. Ok,...? 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.