Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anna Hazare.....Voice of the Common Man !!!!

It probably needed an injured soldier, Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare to drive this initiative against the inept Govt. The lone survivor from a border exchange of fire during the Indo- Pak 1965 war, who was inspired by Swami Vivekananda decided to quit army & become a social activist.
Anna(as he is popularly known), came to limelight, starting with a movement to eradicate alcoholism from his village, Ralegan Siddhi. Through some tough measures, which included flogging offenders in public who were found in drunken state, even after warnings, Anna managed to remove use or sale of any tobacco, cigarettes, beedies & alcohol in Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Ahmednagar District, Maharshtra. His efforts paid dividents in establishing this as a model village & he was awarded Padma Bhushan by Govt of India in 1992. He motivated villagers to do Shramdaan ( voluntary labour) & was also involved in Watershed development program to build better irrigation system, which eventually led to improved cultivation in more than 70 villages since 1975, in the drought prone Vidharbh region of Maharashtra. He was also involved in diverse activities like improved education, removal of untouchability, milk production, collective marriages, gram sabha, etc, to name a few.
In 1998, during the BJP - Shiv Sena rule, Anna was imprisoned for three months, as he raised his voice against corruption & produced documentary evidence of a minister amassing ill gotten wealth......Anna was however released following a huge public uproar.

With his crusade against the rampaging corruption, Anna has now initiated a movement for the passing of a stronger anti corruption bill in the Parliament. The existing bill seems weak & incapable & hence the demand for a stronger bill.
Over the last so many years, almost everyday, the common man has been subjected to scams after scams....the headlines screams of  government officials & politicians gloating their dirty fingers in illegal transactions of money. From Bofors to Swiss bank accounts to 2G spectrum scandal to IPL row to Commonwealth Games to land allotment allegations to vote bank buy outs....thousands of crores of rupees is changing hands in money laundering.......the vicious circle of corruption just seems to spread its ugly tentacles across the length & breadth of the country. The bureaucratic red tapism keeps throttling the common man, as the slimy govt officials fleece the common man of his hard earned money!!!!!
After the Prime Minister rejected his demands, Anna has started his fast - unto - death protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi from 5th April, which has received unprecedented support from all over the country. From students to senior citizens, from actors to activists, from politicians to page 3 celebrities, from executives to bureaucrats, from businessman to common man, from sportsmen to spiritual leaders, from facebook to twitters,.....people from all walks of life have come together in unison to provide support to this movement, as the tottering Centre looks for respite & avenues to negotiate, as usual.  There have been protests in all leading cities, with thousands of people coming together in peace march, candle lighting & raising placards against the decaying corrupt situation in the country.
As an outcome of this movement, today, 6th April, Sharad Pawar, resigned from the GoM(group of ministers) formed for reviewing the draft Lokpal bill 2010. Let us hope, there are many more such resignations in days ahead, as corrupt politicians start giving up...bowing to this nation wide movement.

As Anna says, " The dream of India as a strong nation will not be realised without self reliant, self sufficient villages, this can be achieved only through social commitment & involvement of the Common Man".

Let us all join this movement & strengthen the voice raised by Anna Hazare....let us clean our Country from the core.

Vande Mataram.....