For last couple of months I’ve been so busy arranging the shattered pieces of my life that I couldn’t get enough time to look onto the events happening around me. The empire in Egypt was turned over by masses. Face book played an important role in the whole drama. One can feel the power of cyber age with this simple posting of message on the portal which brought an entire country on its foot marching for freedom. Tsunami struck Japan and perished the life of several citizens. So on and so forth a number of important events happened but I was unaware of their details until recently. (To be honest, I was even seeking interest in Cricket World Cup. If it is of any worth to testify my ignorance to earthly activities, I didn’t even watch the final of CWC 2011.)
Talking of important events, one is happening in India also, started some 2 weeks ago by Anna Hazare when he went for indefinite fast against corruption. I thought it would be good to post details of the cause that may help us uproot corruption. Today the entire country is seething over the corruption charges pressed against politicians and bureaucrats. The whole system is falling apart because of the greediness and power hunger of a few. The spark Anna Hazare has created should not be put off. Fuel it and burn the torch that will show us the way ahead.
Following is a FAQ about the same:
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.
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 Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.
The Indian Lokpal is synonymous to the institution of Ombudsman existing in the Scandinavian countries. The office of the ombudsman originated in Sweden in 1809 A.D., and adopted eventually by many nations ‘as a bulwark of democratic government against the tyranny of officialdom’. Ombudsman is a Swedish word that stands for “an officer appointed by the legislature to handle complaints against administrative and judicial action. Traditionally the ombudsman is appointed based on unanimity among all political parties supporting the proposal. The incumbent, though appointed by the legislature, is an independent functionary – independent of all the three organs of the state, but reports to the legislature. The Ombudsman can act both on the basis of complaints made by citizens, or suo moto. S/he can look into allegations of corruption as well as mal-administration.
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 thier theft (corruption).
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% 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? Who else 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.
Put status message, links, video, change profile pics.
Support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from India.
Support India. Vande Matram.