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Discussion in 'National Politics' started by xXX-Nair:::Saab-XXx, Aug 9, 2011.

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Should we Indians Support Anna for his Fight against Corruption

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  1. Galaxy

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    Pass the bill in Parliament or go: Anna to govt



    New Delhi: Anna Hazare on Sunday slammed the government saying that it betrayed him at every step. He also said that the government had no other option but to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill or leave, making his intentions clear.

    "The government has betrayed me at every step. Now, they have only one option - either pass the Jan Lokpal Bill or go," he said while addressing his supporters at Ramlila Maidan.

    Anna said his version of the Lokpal Bill was made with five others taking people's opinion into consideration. He added that he warned the government about staging protests with regard to the bill, but they government did not pay attention.

    "The government is not serious about fighting corruption. I warned them of protests, but they did not listen to me. That is why I have taken up this protest and will continue till the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed," Anna said.

    He said that going to jail was not a curse but a blessing for him, adding that if he had a blot on his character, like some people say, then his crusade would have been crushed long back.

    "I have no blot on my character, if I had one these people would have crushed me long back ," said Anna.

    He also said that if the bill were not passed by August 30, then he will carry out such a protest that the nation will remember it for a long time.

    Anna said, "If Jan Lokpal is not passed by August 30, we will do a big protest which everyone will remember."

    Anna's close aid, Arvind Kejriwal also joined him by saying that the government has looted the tax payer's money and they should be answerable for this.

    Every Indian, be it poor, pays taxes. It's our money and these people have looted our money. They should be answerable," Kejriwal said.


    Pass the bill in Parliament or go: Anna to govt - India News - IBNLive
     
  2. Galaxy

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    Govt reaches out to Hazare, sends proposal, Team Anna rejects

    Seeking to break the deadlock, Government tonight reached out to Anna Hazare by sending a proposal to him which met with a negative response with Team Anna saying there was nothing new in it.

    The Government's overture came after it opened back channels to reach out to Hazare who is on the sixth day of his indefinite fast over the Lokpal issue.

    A top Maharashtra bureaucrat Additional Chief Secretary Umesh Chandra Sarangi, who knows Hazare well, met the 73-year -old social activist twice today--the third in the last 24 hours. Another intermediary was said to be Indore-based spiritual leader Baiyujji Maharaj, who met Hazare and Union Minister Kapil Sibal.

    A proposal of which no details were made public was conveyed to Hazare but Sunday night his associate Arvind Kejriwal said there was nothing new in it and none of the demands of the team have been met.

    "We have received a proposal from the government which is nothing but the Government's Lokpal Bill. None of our demands have been included. There is no agreement between civil society and government," he told Hazare's supporters amid reports government sought four months time to work out a consensus on the Lokpal issue.

    In his third meeting tonight, Sarangi is reported to have carried an amended proposal of the Government.

    After his meetings, Baiyujji said "initial" talks have taken place between him and Sibal and Hazare.

    "Views of all should be considered and it should be seen which issues are important. There should be no objection to it. Besides all view points should be considered in a positive manner," Baiyujji, who is known to several top politicians from Maharashtra, told TV channels.

    Hazare, who earlier on Sunday expressed his willingness to have a dialogue on the Lokpal issue with the Government, upped the ante in the night when he warned of "unprecedented revolution" in the country if Lokpal Bill is not passed by August 30. Raising his voice, he said the Government will have to "either get the Bill passed or go."

    A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the Government was open for discussion, Hazare said his campaign against corruption has not closed the door of dialogue with it to resolve the differences on Lokpal bill.

    "We have not closed the door of dialogue. We have kept it open. Only through dialogue the issues can be resolved. The people in the government have not come from England. They are our own people but they have turned into traitors," he told thousands of his supporters on a humid day at Ramlila Ground on the sixth day of his fast.

    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat said the Centre has initiated a dialogue process with Team Anna at various levels to break the deadlock.

    "The dialogue process has already been initiated at various levels through well-wishers. This dialogue is at various levels which is not parallel to each other but complementary to each other," Rawat said.

    The core committee of 'India Against Corruption' had a meeting during which its deliberated Prime Minister's readiness to hold discussions. It said no proposal has come from the government so far.

    Both Hazare and Kejriwal also asked their supporters to hold dharnas in front of houses of MPs in their constituencies and demand written commitments in support of Jan Lokpal Bill.

    "The dharna should also cover Ministers and leaders of various political parties," they said.

    Swami Agnivesh, one of the members of Team Anna's core committee, said government should appoint a negotiator to hold talks with Hazare on the Jan Lokpal Bill and withdraw its draft from Parliament to create "an atmosphere of trust".

    He said they were open for talks but the government should create an atmosphere for it.

    "If the government wants to talk to us it should appoint a negotiator," he said.


    Govt reaches out to Hazare, sends proposal, Team Anna rejects - India - DNA
     
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    Support for Hazare grows in UP, protest outside houses of MPs

    Lucknow, Aug 21 (PTI) More and more people have come out on streets in support of Anna Hazare with many taking out rallies, staging demonstrations outside houses of MPs, and observing fast in different parts of Uttar Pradesh.

    Pro-Anna supporters staged dharna in front of the houses of their respective MPs demanding a written commitment in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill at various places in the state, sources said.

    In Lucknow, people staged a dharna in front of Union Minister for Steel Beni Prasad Verma''s house at Gomti Nagar and Chowk residence of BJP MP Lalji Tandon.

    In Kanpur, people staged dharnas in front of Union Minister of Coal Sriprakash Jaiswal house and ancestral residence of Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla.

    Similarly, in Hathras pro-Anna supporters staged a dharna in front of Lok Dal MP Sarika Singh and submitted a memorandum on the issue of Jan Lokpal Bill.

    School and college students sat on dharna at the GPO and Jhulelal Park here expressing solidarity with the Gandhian while social activists took out candlelight marches and rallies on two-wheelers raising impromptu slogans in his favour.

    In Bahraich activists of India Against Corruption submitted a 15 foot long memorandum addressed to the President.

    Pro-Anna stir were held in Mau and Ballia with people coming out on roads with national flags and raising anti-corruption slogans.

    Similarly, people in Ballia started hunger strike in support of Anna Hazare and his campaign.


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    Anna not a deserter, says Army

    New Delhi/ Lucknow: An RTI response has called Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari’s bluff against antigraft crusader Anna Hazare.
    The RTI reply from Dakshin ASC records (South) dated August 3 puts the record straight that Anna “never deserted” the Army, and that he was “honourably” discharged from the armed forces on completion of the 12 years of his service.
    The response following a Delhi-based RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal’s plea came a week after Tiwari had made several serious allegations of corruption against Anna. It states that five medals were notified to Anna — Sainya Seva Medal, Nine Years Long Service Medal, Sangram Medal, 25th Independent Anniversary Medal and Paschimi Star — during his tenure with the Army.
    Tiwari had said, “Annaji keeps saying that the Indian Army is investigating into his records. A few days ago, the Army received an RTI seeking past records of Anna. The Army wrote to Anna to find if he has any objection against it giving those records to the RTI applicant. Anna has not replied to the Army’s query to date.” He had also challenged Anna’s right to lead the fight against graft, citing “corruption” charges against him. The Congress spokesperson had also claimed that Anna had refused to come clean on his Army record.
    Army’s principal information officer (ASC records, South, Bangalore) Lt Col Arun Kumar had dispatched the replies to Agrawal on August 3. The response says Anna had enrolled with the Army on April 14, 1963. He had completed his training at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. He had joined the service as a recruit. “He was attested as a soldier on November 16, 1963. He was holding the rank of sepoy at the time of leaving the service,” the letter says.
    The RTI reply states that no punishment was accorded to Anna Hazare as per service records.
    Agrawal, though, is surprised with the twist in the response tale. He said he had asked only six questions in his April 13 plea. But he received the replies in response to a July 18 query, which he had never applied for. The RTI activist has sought a copy of his “alleged” petition.
    He, however, said that he was unable to understand how his correspondence with the Central Principal Information Officer was leaked out to Tiwari. He has sought a probe into the matter.

    The Sunday Times Delhi Edition 21 Aug 2011
     
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    Its a Slap on Face of Manish Tiwari & Congressis... :lol:
     
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    OPERATION ANNA

    The Maharashtra government more or less has a strategy in place to respond to Hazare’s fasts. Hazare begins an agitation by usually sending a letter to the chief secretary specifying his cause. The government then immediately deputes a bureaucrat and some negotiators to approach him. The following negotiators have been used since 1983:
    Journalists | Vijay Kuvalekar, Abhinandan Thorat & Sudhir Bhongle
    Ministers/politicians | G P Pradhan, Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Vilaskaka Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal & Balasaheb Thorat. In Hazare’s 2006 pro-RTI agitation against the central government, Prithviraj Chavan, then MoS in the PMO, negotiated with him
    Bureaucrats | Ratnakar Gaikwad, U C Sarangi, Nitin Karir, Shivajirao Deshmukh, Sriniwas Patil, Prajakta Lavangare & Sharad Sabnis
    Note | The government also made Hazare the chief of a water conservation panel with a cabinet rank. He served for three years but refused the rank and facilities that came with it


    HAZAR COMPLAINTS

    Hazare has lodged corruption complaints against 1,500 Maharashtra government employees to date 400 have been suspended Departmental enquiries have been ordered against 300 others

    IN JAIL BEFORE

    On Sep 9, 1998, Hazare was sentenced to 3 months simple imprisonment after Shiv Sena leader and then social welfare minister Babanrao Gholap sued him for criminal defamation. Hazare had made allegations against Gholap. Hazare could’ve have avoided the jail term by paying a 5,000 bond and giving an undertaking that he wouldn’t make irresponsible statements. He preferred jail instead. The Shiv Sena-led government later reduced the sentence to 15 days

    REACHING THE COMMON MAN GOING FOR BULK SUPPORT


    Around 10 lakh cell phone users receive 2 SMSes every day from India Against Corruption (IAC) and allied groups, according to IAC coordinator Piyush Bhatia
    That amounts to 20 lakh SMSes a day sent through bulk SMS providers
    Bulk SMSes can cost 5 to 7 paise per SMS. At that rate, the cost would be Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.4 lakh a day From Tuesday to Thursday, if 60 lakh SMSes were sent, the cost would be Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4.2 lakh
    Since the agitation is expected to continue, Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh is expected to be spent by the weekend
    Those sending the SMSes are making voluntary payments directly to vendors. Hazare’s supporters want to avoid a central collection and payment system, like other political and social organizations have.

    WIN-WIN FOR FIRMS

    With other organizations also sending bulk SMSes in support of Hazare, the business for bulk SMS vendors and telecom firms increases The cell firms also gain when recipients of an SMS forward the same to others, as the new SMS goes at the higher individual SMS rate Bulk SMS campaigns are on across India, so huge sums change hands.

    NETWORK FLOOD

    To send bulk SMSes for a business or campaign, approach the vendors in the market, who could be a PR or advertising agency Rates vary according to the number of SMSes. 1 lakh SMSes can be sent at 10 paise per sms; 5 lakh at 6 paise per sms Vendors contact bulk SMS vendors, who work with telecom operators The telecom company sends the SMS to the target audience while avoiding users who have chosen the ‘do not disturb’ option.

    HI-TECH FOR HAZARE


    Anna Hazare has received massive support in a short span of time, thanks to the intelligent use of technology by his supporters. This includes the use of cell phones and the internet.
    “The poor attendance for Baba Ramdev’s meet at Azad Maidan for Hazare on January 30 pained me,” said Piyush Bhatia of India Against Corruption (IAC). “So, we started planning this campaign carefully, first with pamphlets, then networking sites, then our own website and now bulk SMSes. There is no leader in our team of 16 people at the Kandivili office. If I am arrested, other volunteers will take over. People are paying SMS vendors directly out of love for the campaign.”
    Bhatia, 41, a former investment banker, refused to reveal the names of the people and private companies paying for the SMSes. “The SMS campaign is working wonderfully. They are doing a great job,” said Mayank Gandhi, who leads the overall IAC movement in Mumbai.

    [​IMG]


    Times Of India Delhi Edition 21 Aug 2011
     
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    what about the corrupt ministers??? as far as i know their salaries are adequate enough to carry on 3-4 daughter's marriage without any problem... also, can a person spend 100 or even 1000 crores in one marriage?? seriously ?? i hope u r not drunk my friend
     
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    Kargil martyr's family supports Anna

    As Anna Hazare's fast completes one week, millions of Indians continue to support the anti-corruption crusade. Amongst the many supporting Anna Hazare is a couple who lost their son in the Kargil war 12 years ago.

    After receiving their son's butchered body the couple have been appealing for years now to the government to take up a case of human rights violation with Pakistan. After facing disapointment the couple now seek inspiration from Anna Hazare.

    His death brought the Kargil war home to their peaceful life. Tortured for 22 days by the enemy, Lieutenant Saurabh Kalia's mutilated body was returned to the Indian army.

    Recalling that fateful day, Lt Saurabh Kalia's mother said, "On the one hand we lost a son and on the other his body was in such a state. What should I say about our Govts? How could they take his body without even bothering to see the condition in which it was returned?"

    Saurabh kalia's father wrote to every significant department in the government to take up the case of human rights violations with Pakistan only to face dissapointment. "We tried to raise this issue at every forum that was suggested and advised to me. It really shocks and pains me that during the many interactions with Pakistan, this issue was never raised," Kalia's father said.

    But today Anna Hazare has given this couple the courage to continue their fight.

    Mrs Kalia says, "Anna hazare is a common man with a lot strength, courage and self-determination. With this corruption will be rooted out but not so easliy. But we will succeed. We are with him, the whole country is with him."

    Reiterrating his wife's sentiments Lt Saurabh Kalia's father added, "We are happy that the country has produced a person like Anna Hazare who is spear-heading this anti-corruption campaign."

    Lt Saurabh Kalia's memories still alive, the couple await justiceinstilling all their hope in Anna Hazare.

    Kargil martyr's family supports Anna- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
     
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    The Hindu : News / National : Parents bring children to witness

    “I will go and tell friends that Anna Hazare is a very good person. He wants a corruption-free India with no fighting and no violence,” said 10-year-old Mayank Jaswal, who helped distribute pamphlets among the crowd at the Ramlila Maidan here on Sunday in the scorching heat, along with his mother and six-year-old sister.

    The excitement in the air was palpable even before one actually entered the grounds where the social activist continued his indefinite fast to bring in the Jan Lokpal Bill. Revellers and supporters marked the way to the site, beginning at the New Delhi metro station, where hundreds of young people were seen wearing “Main Anna Hu” Gandhi caps, holding the tricolour, wearing badges with Mr. Hazare's picture, and faces streaked with the colours of the tricolour. “Anna tum aage badho, hum tumhaare saath hain [Anna you move forward, we are with you]”, was the resounding cry leading right up to the entry of the Maidan.

    Volunteers ensured disciplined movement of the throng waiting to enter the ground, offering food and water to the needy. The volunteer desk offered plain paper to people to write down their personal messages to Mr. Hazare.

    Inside the Maidan, the crowd that included a considerable number of families, seemed to converge towards one focal point — the stage — waiting to catch a glimpse of the septuagenarian.

    Several parents suggested that the present struggle by Team Anna was the “second freedom struggle.” “The children need to see this. They need to see, as well as we do, how the fight for freedom was fought,” said Ghaziabad resident Rajneesh Suri, even as his wife and three sons stood clutching the tricolour and craning their necks to see Mr. Hazare behind the speaker on stage.

    “Anna is the second Mahatma Gandhi,” said Mayapuri resident Rajinder Sharma, an idea that was shared by most people, especially children.

    Speaker boxes and loudspeakers put up at the Maidan continued to carry voices and music supporting the Bill and Mr. Hazare's stand against corruption. A rendition of “Raghu pati Raghav” caught the mood of the crowd, reaching a crescendo as it neared the end, even as people, as diverse as university professors, doctors, volunteers and 11-year-olds reciting poetry spoke in support of Anna's stand.

    “While I support the Bill, I am personally not with [all] the speakers. This platform should not be misused by people for their personal ends,” said Atul Gupta, who is the vice president of a travel company.

    The Jan Lokpal Bill, which lies at the heart of the protest, came up several times during the speeches on stage, on the slogan-bearing placards, and in idle conversations in and around the venue. The Commonwealth Games, the accused Suresh Kalmadi, and inflation were among the other ideas people associated with Mr. Hazare's “fight against corruption.”

    “It is great to see the huge numbers here, but I do not think most people here understand the implications of the Jan Lokpal Bill and the government's version of the Lokpal Bill. The volunteers and speakers are trying to get it across through speeches, but there has got to be a better way to educate people about the Bill so that we can make an informed choice,” said 22-year-old Delhi University student Priyanka Sharma.

    “The people involved in drafting the Jan Lokpal are all educated, experienced people — Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi. We have read and understood the Bill, and fully agree with it,” said Madhu Nitin Bhalla, who has supported Team Anna's campaign since April.

    Though most supporters agreed that discussing the Bill with the government was important, Ms. Bhalla raised the question, “But why is the government not coming forward for discussion?”
     
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    The Hindu : Opinion / Lead : I'd rather not be Anna

    If what we're watching on TV is indeed a revolution, then it has to be one of the more embarrassing and unintelligible ones of recent times. For now, whatever questions you may have about the Jan Lokpal Bill, here are the answers you're likely to get: tick the box — (a) Vande Mataram (b) Bharat Mata ki Jai (c) India is Anna, Anna is India (d) Jai Hind.

    For completely different reasons, and in completely different ways, you could say that the Maoists and the Jan Lokpal Bill have one thing in common — they both seek the overthrow of the Indian State. One working from the bottom up, by means of an armed struggle, waged by a largely adivasi army, made up of the poorest of the poor. The other, from the top down, by means of a bloodless Gandhian coup, led by a freshly minted saint, and an army of largely urban, and certainly better off people. (In this one, the Government collaborates by doing everything it possibly can to overthrow itself.)

    In April 2011, a few days into Anna Hazare's first “fast unto death,” searching for some way of distracting attention from the massive corruption scams which had battered its credibility, the Government invited Team Anna, the brand name chosen by this “civil society” group, to be part of a joint drafting committee for a new anti-corruption law. A few months down the line it abandoned that effort and tabled its own bill in Parliament, a bill so flawed that it was impossible to take seriously.

    Then, on August 16th, the morning of his second “fast unto death,” before he had begun his fast or committed any legal offence, Anna Hazare was arrested and jailed. The struggle for the implementation of the Jan Lokpal Bill now coalesced into a struggle for the right to protest, the struggle for democracy itself. Within hours of this ‘Second Freedom Struggle,' Anna was released. Cannily, he refused to leave prison, but remained in Tihar jail as an honoured guest, where he began a fast, demanding the right to fast in a public place. For three days, while crowds and television vans gathered outside, members of Team Anna whizzed in and out of the high security prison, carrying out his video messages, to be broadcast on national TV on all channels. (Which other person would be granted this luxury?) Meanwhile 250 employees of the Municipal Commission of Delhi, 15 trucks, and six earth movers worked around the clock to ready the slushy Ramlila grounds for the grand weekend spectacle. Now, waited upon hand and foot, watched over by chanting crowds and crane-mounted cameras, attended to by India's most expensive doctors, the third phase of Anna's fast to the death has begun. “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India is One,” the TV anchors tell us.

    While his means may be Gandhian, Anna Hazare's demands are certainly not. Contrary to Gandhiji's ideas about the decentralisation of power, the Jan Lokpal Bill is a draconian, anti-corruption law, in which a panel of carefully chosen people will administer a giant bureaucracy, with thousands of employees, with the power to police everybody from the Prime Minister, the judiciary, members of Parliament, and all of the bureaucracy, down to the lowest government official. The Lokpal will have the powers of investigation, surveillance, and prosecution. Except for the fact that it won't have its own prisons, it will function as an independent administration, meant to counter the bloated, unaccountable, corrupt one that we already have. Two oligarchies, instead of just one.

    Whether it works or not depends on how we view corruption. Is corruption just a matter of legality, of financial irregularity and bribery, or is it the currency of a social transaction in an egregiously unequal society, in which power continues to be concentrated in the hands of a smaller and smaller minority? Imagine, for example, a city of shopping malls, on whose streets hawking has been banned. A hawker pays the local beat cop and the man from the municipality a small bribe to break the law and sell her wares to those who cannot afford the prices in the malls. Is that such a terrible thing? In future will she have to pay the Lokpal representative too? Does the solution to the problems faced by ordinary people lie in addressing the structural inequality, or in creating yet another power structure that people will have to defer to?

    Meanwhile the props and the choreography, the aggressive nationalism and flag waving of Anna's Revolution are all borrowed, from the anti-reservation protests, the world-cup victory parade, and the celebration of the nuclear tests. They signal to us that if we do not support The Fast, we are not ‘true Indians.' The 24-hour channels have decided that there is no other news in the country worth reporting.

    ‘The Fast' of course doesn't mean Irom Sharmila's fast that has lasted for more than ten years (she's being force fed now) against the AFSPA, which allows soldiers in Manipur to kill merely on suspicion. It does not mean the relay hunger fast that is going on right now by ten thousand villagers in Koodankulam protesting against the nuclear power plant. ‘The People' does not mean the Manipuris who support Irom Sharmila's fast. Nor does it mean the thousands who are facing down armed policemen and mining mafias in Jagatsinghpur, or Kalinganagar, or Niyamgiri, or Bastar, or Jaitapur. Nor do we mean the victims of the Bhopal gas leak, or the people displaced by dams in the Narmada Valley. Nor do we mean the farmers in NOIDA, or Pune or Haryana or elsewhere in the country, resisting the takeover of the land.

    ‘The People' only means the audience that has gathered to watch the spectacle of a 74-year-old man threatening to starve himself to death if his Jan Lokpal Bill is not tabled and passed by Parliament. ‘The People' are the tens of thousands who have been miraculously multiplied into millions by our TV channels, like Christ multiplied the fishes and loaves to feed the hungry. “A billion voices have spoken,” we're told. “India is Anna.”

    Who is he really, this new saint, this Voice of the People? Oddly enough we've heard him say nothing about things of urgent concern. Nothing about the farmer's suicides in his neighbourhood, or about Operation Green Hunt further away. Nothing about Singur, Nandigram, Lalgarh, nothing about Posco, about farmer's agitations or the blight of SEZs. He doesn't seem to have a view about the Government's plans to deploy the Indian Army in the forests of Central India.

    He does however support Raj Thackeray's Marathi Manoos xenophobia and has praised the ‘development model' of Gujarat's Chief Minister who oversaw the 2002 pogrom against Muslims. (Anna withdrew that statement after a public outcry, but presumably not his admiration.)

    Despite the din, sober journalists have gone about doing what journalists do. We now have the back-story about Anna's old relationship with the RSS. We have heard from Mukul Sharma who has studied Anna's village community in Ralegan Siddhi, where there have been no Gram Panchayat or Co-operative society elections in the last 25 years. We know about Anna's attitude to ‘harijans': “It was Mahatma Gandhi's vision that every village should have one chamar, one sunar, one kumhar and so on. They should all do their work according to their role and occupation, and in this way, a village will be self-dependant. This is what we are practicing in Ralegan Siddhi.” Is it surprising that members of Team Anna have also been associated with Youth for Equality, the anti-reservation (pro-“merit”) movement? The campaign is being handled by people who run a clutch of generously funded NGOs whose donors include Coca-Cola and the Lehman Brothers. Kabir, run by Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, key figures in Team Anna, has received $400,000 from the Ford Foundation in the last three years. Among contributors to the India Against Corruption campaign there are Indian companies and foundations that own aluminum plants, build ports and SEZs, and run Real Estate businesses and are closely connected to politicians who run financial empires that run into thousands of crores of rupees. Some of them are currently being investigated for corruption and other crimes. Why are they all so enthusiastic?

    Remember the campaign for the Jan Lokpal Bill gathered steam around the same time as embarrassing revelations by Wikileaks and a series of scams, including the 2G spectrum scam, broke, in which major corporations, senior journalists, and government ministers and politicians from the Congress as well as the BJP seem to have colluded in various ways as hundreds of thousands of crores of rupees were being siphoned off from the public exchequer. For the first time in years, journalist-lobbyists were disgraced and it seemed as if some major Captains of Corporate India could actually end up in prison. Perfect timing for a people's anti-corruption agitation. Or was it?

    At a time when the State is withdrawing from its traditional duties and Corporations and NGOs are taking over government functions (water supply, electricity, transport, telecommunication, mining, health, education); at a time when the terrifying power and reach of the corporate owned media is trying to control the public imagination, one would think that these institutions — the corporations, the media, and NGOs — would be included in the jurisdiction of a Lokpal bill. Instead, the proposed bill leaves them out completely.

    Now, by shouting louder than everyone else, by pushing a campaign that is hammering away at the theme of evil politicians and government corruption, they have very cleverly let themselves off the hook. Worse, by demonising only the Government they have built themselves a pulpit from which to call for the further withdrawal of the State from the public sphere and for a second round of reforms — more privatisation, more access to public infrastructure and India's natural resources. It may not be long before Corporate Corruption is made legal and renamed a Lobbying Fee.

    Will the 830 million people living on Rs.20 a day really benefit from the strengthening of a set of policies that is impoverishing them and driving this country to civil war?

    This awful crisis has been forged out of the utter failure of India's representative democracy, in which the legislatures are made up of criminals and millionaire politicians who have ceased to represent its people. In which not a single democratic institution is accessible to ordinary people. Do not be fooled by the flag waving. We're watching India being carved up in war for suzerainty that is as deadly as any battle being waged by the warlords of Afghanistan, only with much, much more at stake.
     
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    The Hindu : News / National : 'One Lakh March' on Mumbai streets

    In a staggering show of support for anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and the Jan Lokpal on Sunday, a multitude of people marched on the streets of Mumbai, taking the suburbs by storm.

    It was called the ‘One Lakh March' on the lines of the million-man march staged at Tahrir Square in Cairo. In Mumbai, the sea of humanity that converged for the rally, scheduled for at 4.30 p.m., quickly swelled and could well have crossed the one-lakh target.

    Displaying the tricolour and placards, crowds, young and old, men and women, individuals, groups and residents of entire localities walked for about three hours from Bandra to Juhu to boisterous cries and slogans hailing Mr. Hazare.

    Eighty-year-old Leelaben, who got out of her car with much difficulty, enthusiastically joined the row of marchers, whose line extended beyond what the naked eye could see. “I will walk as far as I can,” she told The Hindu.

    Innovative slogans

    Adding to the andolan cries of Vande Mataram, Bharat Mata ki jai and Inquilab Zindabad were innovative slogans. “Twinkle twinkle little star, Anna is a superstar,” roared a group at one end. At another place, another bunch hollered, “Desh ki beti kaisee ho, Kiran Bedi jaisee ho. [How should the country's daughter be? She should be like Kiran Bedi].”

    Many slogans decried Congress leaders. Placards condemning governmental corruption were as ubiquitous as was the trendsetting Gandhi topi declaring, ‘I am Anna Hazare'.

    Cynicism on the corruption issue was writ all over as some placards declared, ‘Breaking news: London 2012 Olympics — India won all gold medals in corruption' and ‘Tihar Jail: Indian Parliament's extension counter.' Posters of Rabindranath Tagore and Bhagat Singh were also seen.

    Around 70 persons who are on an indefinite fast in Mumbai also participated in the rally, although they moved in a truck. Entire families turned up with little children.

    Lt. Manish Kumar of the Navy came with his wife and three-year-old daughter. “This is the right time. We need to support Anna, who is fasting for others; for my daughter's future,” he told The Hindu. His wife Sneha Kumar said: “It's not just enough to say ‘we support Anna.' We have to come out. The government has to bend down.”

    Women participate

    Women left their household chores and participated in large numbers. “We are here because of inflation. Everything is so expensive. What do poor people like us do? The government has to agree to the demand [of Team Anna]. We have come with our families. We have to go home and cook, but even if it gets late, it does not matter,” said Nirmala Sohalal Baguria.

    Neel Mistry (13), skating with the national flag in hand, said: “I like Anna because he wants to cut out corruption.” Some marchers brought their cycles, scooters and motorbikes.

    The sounds of drums, tambourines and conches heightened the energies of the multitude. At places, crowds broke into the song, “We shall overcome.” The massive gathering created an equally massive mass of onlookers who were stunned by the electrifying display of anti-corruption sentiment dunked in a patriotic fervour.

    Bystanders watched with awe from buildings, skywalks, stores, shops, traffic signals and from vehicles. Staff at departmental stores stood next to the mannequins and waved at the crowds. Those who did not take to the streets showed their support for the movement by flying the tricolour from balconies and rooftops. The marchers exhorted the onlookers to join them.

    The marchers, unmindful of the pouring rain, waded through waterlogged streets without a dent in their enthusiasm. Traffic came to a standstill and one part of the road leading to Juhu was blocked for some time. A lone ambulance made its way through the throngs of people.

    Heavy police bandobust was in place. Police vehicles and vans were stationed at intervals and so were batches of police personnel.

    Plainclothes men were also taking stock of the event. One of them, who introduced himself to this reporter as an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department, asked if the main leaders of the andolan, Mayank Gandhi and Rubin Mascarenhas, had arrived. He said it was important to note the names for the record.

    A person by the name of Suketu Zariwalla reportedly arranged for bottled water and glucose biscuits for the marchers. The march ended at Juhu late in the evening.
     
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    Arundhati Roy blasts anti-corruption 'saint' Anna Hazare

    NEW DELHI: Booker prize-winning author Arundhati Roy launched a scathing attack on Monday on the "aggressive nationalism" behind the anti-corruption drive led by hunger-striking campaigner Anna Hazare.

    In a column entitled "I'd rather not be Anna" published in The Hindu newspaper, the novelist, essayist and rights activist condemned both the style and substance of Hazare's campaign that has mobilised public opinion in India.

    In particular she questioned Hazare's use of the hunger strike and other tactics and symbols co-opted from his hero -- India's independence icon Mahatma Gandhi.

    "While his means may be Gandhian, Anna Hazare's demands are certainly not," Roy said.

    The focus of Hazare's protest is a new anti-corruption bill.

    The 74-year-old activist says the current draft is too weak and wants parliament to pass his own version which gives more scope and power to an ombudsman who would monitor politicians, bureaucrats and the judiciary.

    While agreeing that the government bill was so flawed "that it was impossible to take seriously", Roy said Gandhi would have been dismayed by Hazare's vision of an all-powerful, centralised ombudsman.

    "It will function as an independent administration, meant to counter the bloated, unaccountable, corrupt one that we already have. Two oligarchies instead of one," Roy said.

    Hazare, who has not eaten for six days and took his fast public on Friday, has drawn huge crowds to the open air venue where he is staging his hunger strike in central Delhi.

    The atmosphere is one of celebratory protest, with the crowds singing along to patriotic songs and waving the Indian national flag.

    But Roy, a vocal government critic, said she was dismayed by "the props and the choreography, the aggressive nationalism" of the Hazare movement.

    "They signal to us that if we do not support the fast, we are not 'true Indians'," she said.

    "Who is he really, this new saint, this Voice of the People?" she asked, accusing Hazare of remaining silent on other issues like farmers' suicides in his home state of Maharashtra.

    Arundhati Roy blasts anti-corruption 'saint' Anna Hazare - The Times of India
     
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    ^^^ anti-nationalist has a problem with Anna's ''aggressive nationalism''. What's wrong if people want to display their affection to their flag?? maybe she is bitter that Anna's stage is not used to vent venom against the nation & it's citizens!!
     
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    Is The Govt Led By Anna Hazare ? Arundhati Roy Should Know That the Govt of Maharashtra Has Failed totally In Stopping Farmers Suicide In vidarbha...Its Totally Their Responsibility...Still today at average 2 Farmers Commit suicide everyday....As Far as i Know Anna has Raised this Issue Before too in Maharastra

    Even the Widows Of Farmers are Supporting Anna in his Campaign against Corruption....

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    Now, Anna demands poll reforms, farmers’ rights - Indian Express
    Roy Better Shut her Mouth On This Lokpal Issue
     
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