In almost all Indian cities, there were more Indian flags visible on a day after the Independence Day. It was not for a belated celebration, but for a movement against corruption. People were on streets for supporting Anna Hajare. There have many movements in India before. But this movement by Anna Hajare and his team including Arvind Kejrival, Kiran Bedi, Shanti Bhuhan, Prashant Bhushan, Swami Agnivesh and other has received overwhelming response. One of the reasons for this is the timing. Since the last year we have come across so many scams like CWG scam, 2G scam, Aadarsh building scam and many more. There was anger in the minds of people about it. People used to watch or read the news on TV or newspapers about corruption and say “Kya Hoga is Desh Ka???” There was growing resentment in the minds of people about the increasing corruption. There was a need that personalities, whom people respect (other than politicians), raise their voice against this issue. And the above mentioned people did it by insisting for the Jana Lokpal bill. The Lokpal bills were introduced several times since 1968, yet they were never passed by the Indian Parliament.
The common people felt helpless as they were the victims of corruption. If someone has a work pending in a Government office, he/she has to pay bribe for it to get completed on time. Infrastructure and development projects are pending because of lack of funds and the scams were of THOUSANDS of CRORES...
The another reason is that the Govt. (acting like dictator) did not co operate with the members of Team Anna. The Ministers of the committee made for drafting the Jan Lokpal Bill made vague comments on Civil Society (Team Anna). There are debates on whether to include the Pm and judicial system in this bill or not.
There is huge discontentment among the young citizens who are participating in it.People criticizing younger generation have to agree that if guided properly, the youngsters can devote themselves for a good cause. The Social Networking sites have played an important role in informing people about where and when the marches are to be held. Many people participating in this marches protesting corruption don’t even know the issues on which there are difference between parliament and people or what exactly Jana Lokpal Bill is for. But they are supporting just because they know that it is for a better India.
Recently many other countries had experienced revolutions where the common people revolted. Eg. Egypt. Another point is that the movements in other countries were violent. But this movement has been followed on the path of non-violence showed by Mahatma Gandhi. Not a single stone thrown to break and damage public property nor a person protesting was hurt. It is great example which Indians have shown other countries that such mass movements can take place without a single incident of violence.
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