Fight Against corruption– A leaderless movement–This time its personal

India is currently witnessing a very unique movement. A movement to pass Jan Lokpal.

Jan Lokpal as you all are aware is a bill which has been hanging since 42 years and basically creates an entire new powerful organization that has enough powers to punish the corrupt. Read my previous post if you are unaware


How to support jan lokpal
Why Anna Hazare’s Victory is so essential for us

This is led by a 70+ years old man called Anna Hazare.


India Rising for jan lokpal
India Rising for jan lokpal

Now why is this unique. This fight is unique because its not simple, it talks about not just ending corruption but a very intricate bill. This bill if passed might even require constitutional amendments.This complexity has led to various debates over the past many days namely on

1. Is the bill really required?

2.Are Anna’s Methods justified

This debate is not among politicians and personalities but common men and women, the common man or the mango people as we are referred to  is reading about law and pros and cons of a bill to be tabled at an enormous rate. Every day there are discussions in offices, facebook,twitter ,trains,buses and public forums. Facts are brought out, constitution is discussed, history is stated and people talk. Not About ANNA Hazare but about the Bill.

Yes there is a big percentage on both sides that doesn’t  underatand what its all about and focuses only on supporting or being against Anna, but that percentage is decresing. People are forming their own opinions, its happening slowly.People are being forced to google out, read both drafts to counter each other,point by point ,section by section. They are looking at debates at a much intellectual level.

Its not just emotions anymore, its more,its the bill. I have met many people who are on the streets not because Anna is there ,but because Bill makes sense to them.  I have seen people changing opinions, this can happen only if people are thinking.

My Civics teacher would be happy to know I learned more about civics in last 1 week than a whole year. I bet its true for many people.

No-one is alienated, its not just a struggle of villagers but even of scientists ,Engineers, lawyers and NRIs.

I call this movement leaderless because it truly is becoming one. Yes Anna Hazare is there but he seems to have very skillfully made this struggle not about him. Today ask any supporter of the movement, “Now what? Anna is out of Jail” and he will tell you, My protest was not about Anna, but about the Bill.

People understand that its a long fight, yes interests might wane, thats what the govt wants but the debates are still on. And untill people are thinking the  fight is On. A certain polarization is happening, more people read ,more they talk more they strengthen their beliefs and that’s why this is a unique movement.

Its becoming intellectual, not just a Leader worship.Its slow but its happening and thats what the government should now be scared of. Anna is now a connector not the leader. People are the true leaders.

The Cause is slowly becoming more important than the Leader, Biggest example is many Anti-Lokpall people also respect Anna because they understand, its not Anna people are fighting for but the Lokpal,i think this is what the corrupt need to be scared of

People might soon know more about the functioning of our democracy than the corrupt are comfortable with, people now  know how to file grievances, they now know about private member bills and this opens a flood gate of people urging their local MP to table new laws, ask specific questions which they now can watch on TV.

These things existed but people either never used them or bothered to really know them ,but now, their civics is being refreshed.

The more this agitation goes ahead, more people will be educated and better will the debates become , Anna is that leader who is now like a facilitator, its becoming people’s personal Fight and that’s what matters. Every word kapil sibal speaks is being taken as a personal attack, you know why , because this is not about Anna Hazare or congress or BJP, its about Me and You.People are their own lawyers….. This time,its personal!!!



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How to support Anna Hazare and Jan Lokpal Bill

Dekhna hai zor kitna baazue quatil mein hai

The time to DO has now come. Anna tried everything, from requests letters to negotiations but nothing happened

Anna Hazare
Anna tum aage bado, desh tumhare saath hai

Also see previous entries–5 ways to support anna hazare

and Why Anna Hazares Victory is essential to us


Just a chronological order of events since then

1. Government conducted a Sham of discussions

2. Even though they did start discussions, most of the Lokpal bill issues were not considered

3. They reduced lokpal to simple Jokepal bill. No real powers, no real authority

4.After the discussions ended, they went ahead and presented their version of toothless bill in the parliament making a joke of  Jan lokpal and all the discussions

5. Anna decided to start the agitation again

6. He constitutionally asked for permission to hold an agitation

7. Spineless government simply refused.

8. Anna arrested because he still decided to go on Fast

The time has come my friends, “Behron ku sunane ke liye dhamake ki zaroorat hai”

No we are not getting violent, we are getting peaceful

Here is what we can do to support

1. March: Arrange candlelight marches, Banner marches across the nation, in your schools, in your colleges, offices. Even if it is for 30 minutes, just now came back from a march of more than 600 people from my office Infosys Chandigarh. We simply marched on the side of the road, no violence no traffic blockage. Just us and the resounding slogans of protest and support

2. Tweet about it, Share on facebook,discuss on forums. Make sure AnnaHazare is the trending topic everywhere, let the world know that India is rising now

3. Use the constitutional methods: File a grievance “My Leader Anna Hazare was denied permission to hold a fast”

Flood them with letters

4. Educate ourselves about the Jan Lokpal Bill

5. Join Anna Hazare groups on facebook

Get India talking, get the world talking, and let the corrupt know. The numbers are finally against them.

They believe they can get away with this by fooling poor villagers who do not have access to Information. Now the villages are rising, let them show the cities are rising too.

Today I saw software engineers, come out in huge numbers to support an Idea, to support a movement and trust me getting IT guys on streets shouting slogans is not easy, but it happened

Because the stage has been set, you just need to light the fire. So take the initiative, discuss an idea of symbolic marches with your colleagues, stay away from procrastinators they are not doers.

But follow these simple rules

1. Inform local authorities(yes follow all rules)

2. Make sure its peaceful

3.No Mudslinging on any party. We are With Jan Lokpal bill, it’s not a political battle

4.Dont block traffic

5. Dont cause inconvenience to your fellow city dwellers…IE be careful about Hospitals and schools

6. Use your voices

And Yes…Keep yourself updated…Be the solider on the internet..The country needs you. Every blog counts, every tweet is important, every facebook update is important.


Anna tum Aage Bado….Hum Tumhare Saath hain



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