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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”

http://helpline.rb.nic.in/

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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Five ways to support Anna Hazare

For all those people who want to support Anna Hazare but dont know what to do ,here is a small list of things you can do

(all those who want to know of the movement check my previous blog http://madhurchadha.com/2011/04/07/why-anna-hazares-victory-is-so-essential-for-us/)

India For Anna Hazare
India is Behind Anna Hazare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educate yourself: Anna Hazare is fighting for something called a Lokpal Bill. This bill essentially gives us enough teeth to fight corruption. The government has presented a shamelessly toothless bill which like all other anti corruption bills is a sham and totally biased towards the corrupt. Educate yourself and others around you on what the bill is all about .Know ad let others around you know why it is important You can find the details on

http://www.annahazare.org/

or simpler versions on

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Hazare#Lokpal_Bill_movement

 

Join Anna: Go join Anna, you may not fast but you can be physically present there to show support. More the numbers more the pressure

Have Solidarity Marches/Dharnas in your cities colleges: Another way to educate is to have solidarity Dharna liek Anna’s in you cities/villages/Companies. Does it seems like a waste of time?? Well if you can leave work and celebrate India’s world cup victory ,this my dear friends in much more important. This will not only spread the movement but also help to keep it alive

 

Blog/tweet/write about it: Yes ..sign all petitions,write a blog,tweet about it Like every video of Anna. Let the government know that people are following,this is not a simple dharna but a new revolution.If you have ever written a Blog you ought to write about this. Write whatever you feel,even a simple message like Anna I am with you

 

Dont let the flame Die: Every news is Big until the next Big news comes along. This is what the government is hoping for.They are hoping the euphoria will die down,they are hoping that we wil over all it  soon and Anna will be back in obscurity. What you can do is simply KEEP ASKING? Yes a simple thing like Whats happening. Keep asking to let the Media know that we are stil interested ,we are still behind Anna and this story needs to Live. Let the government know that if they do not give up they WILL give up office soon. People of India are no longer going to sit Back this time.

Its a Call for action!!!! Dont just Sit behind

also see “its personal this time” 

 

 

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Why Anna Hazare’s Victory is so essential for us

 

 

A 71 year old man named Anna Hazare has decided to fast unto death unless government  rectifies and gives more teeth to a bill called Lokpal bill ,do we really care??

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare

Many people start fasts these days,they go on strike for every possible reason,there are dharnas everywhere so whats so special about Anna.

First of all who is Anna Hazare : Anna is a social activist of wide acclaim,he was awarded both padmabhushan(1992) and padmashri(1990) among various other awards. He served in Army and later became a social activist. He is known to be a man who can think far far ahead of most of us. He converted a village Ralegan Siddh to a model village which is a model of environmental conservation. Most notable about this village is that the entire village is powered by solar power.

So What is anna fighting for. Anna Hazare is fighting to give Indian population the legal muscle to wipe out corruption. He is fighting to give more teeth to a bill called Lokpal bill which has been hanging in parliament for more than 40 years chiefly because it will give us the power to bring to justice the corrupt politicians ,hence they never let it pass.

The current lokpal bill being considered  is a total sham ,and as one judge rightly said it is shamelessly tooth less. Here is the version of bill the government wants to give us and what Anna is demanding(from wikipedia)

Govt. Proposal

1. Lokpal will have no power to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public. It can only probe complaints forwarded by LS Speaker or RS Chairman.
2. Lokpal will only be an Advisory Body. Its part is only limited to forwarding its report to the “Competent Authority”
3. Lokpal will not have any police powers. It can not register FIRs or proceed with criminal investigations.
4. CBI and Lokpal will have no connection with each other.
5. Punishment for corruption will be minimum 6 months and maximum up-to 7 years.

Hazare’s(Civil Society) Version also known and Jan Lokpal bill

1. Lokpal will have powers to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public.
2. Lokpal will be much more than an Advisory Body. It should be granted powers to initiate Prosecution against anyone found guilty.
3. Lokpal will have police powers. To say that it will be able to register FIRs.
4. Lokpal and anti corruption wing of CBI will be one Independent body.
5. The punishment should be minimum 5 years and maximum up-to life imprisonment.

 

So how is this fight soo soo important, it is important for various reasons

. Anna Hazare is fighting for us: Even if the bill is passed possible Anna Hazare will not be able to see the corruption free India he is fighting for. He is doing it for the coming generation,he is doing it for us also he is doing what we should be doing. We keep complaining that “This is the way it is and this is how it should be” and “Nothing can change” corruption is too deep,politicians are too powerful,but we do NOTHING about it,now here is a 71 year old guy who is showing us what can be done. If he fails we fail and all the cribbers win. Out procrastination wins, we add one more thing in our list of excuses for doing nothing. He looses we loose the idealism of an entire generation

 

Anna is doing it Gandhi style, a very civilised and peaceful protest. No blocking trains,no burning buses ,no violence .

He is showing us how it should be done,how Gandhi ji used to do it, how its more about inner power than external. He is showing us that Gandhi Ideals still hold  true ,they still work. If he fails we loose trust ,we loose trust in the very basis of Indian freedom struggle.A base which is already shattered ,most people don’t understand What Gandhi ji stood for what he did. Ana Hazare is a shining example for the entire generation to come( see how to support Anna 1)

And at last ,if Anna looses this time ,we can safely say bye bye to lokapal bill for another 40 years. Politicains would never pass a bill that would make it easier for us to bring them to book ,it will take people like Hazare to build up a movement to force them and sadly we don’t see likes of him very often(also see How this is a leaderless movement).

If hazare looses today ,nothing changes,yes nothing changes for you or me. We will still live the way we live,keep cribbing about corruption in India,red tap-ism and bureaucracy but if he wins it will be a huge step to a better India .An India with no corruption,an India where even the Prime minister would be afraid of taking any bribe ,an  India where the public servants will finally be accountable to the public ,the way it should be.  An India  of our Dreams….

 

God ,let Anna Win

do see:

 

How to support Anna 2

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