Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who is Anna Hazare?

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 villages 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 can that be possible?
He is advocating for a Bill, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), bureaucrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.
7. 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 their theft (corruption).
8. Oh.. He is going on hunger strike for the 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 LOK PAL BILL. 50% government participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.
9. Fine, what will happen when this bill is passed?
A Lok Pal 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 parties 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.
10. Is he alone? Who else is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more. Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.
11. Ok, got it. What can I do ?
At least we can spread this message
12. How ?
Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pictures. 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.

An Ex-servicemen rally was held on Sunday, 10 April 2011 at Freedom Park, Bangalore, expressing solidarity and support to Mahatma Anna Hazare in his crusade against corruption. The rally led by senior Veterans, viz. Lt Gen VJ Sundaram (senior scientist DRDO), Air Vice Marshal BK Murali (an Aeronautical Engineer) and Brig DS Sandhu (a dashing Cdr of an Armd Bde, while in service) was attended by a large gathering of Ex-Servicemen of the Army, Navy & Air Force and Defence Family Pensioners.
Veteran Gen VJ Sundaram stated that the corner stone of a Soldier’s life is Devotion, Dedication & Sacrifice; and so also, an Ex-Servicemen’s life is rooted in Thyaag, Balidaan & Kurbaani, as exemplified by Mahatma Anna Hazare, a Sepoy Driver of the Army Service Corps (ASC) during the 1965 War with Pakistan.
Veteran Air Vice Marshal BK Murali spoke about Mahatma Anna Hazare’s life as a shining example of patriotism & social service of the highest order; and, his single minded devotion to the cause of eradication of Corruption deserves total support by all citizens, across all walks of society.
Veteran Brig DS Sandhu, said that corruption was eating into the vitals of the Nation and it was the duty of all citizens to join hands to combat corruption on war footing.
Veterans Sub Maj Balachandran, Sgt Subhash Balekai, Naik Ramesh & Naik Reddy spoke of the need for probity in public life and said that drafting of a comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill is the need of the hour.
Report by:
Veteran Colonel SS Rajan
Convenor, Karnataka Ex-Servicemen Movement
Bangalore, 10 April 2011

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