Sunday, April 10, 2011

History in the Making

Anna Hazare is the stuff of legends. On April 5th 2011, when he began a fast unto death in order to pass the anti-corruption Lokpal bill in the Indian Parliament, people and the media were wondering if Gandhian methods would work in today's day and age.

Before we knew it, his movement gained momentum and there were people all over India supporting Anna Hazare. It is reported that at least 150 people joined Anna in the fasting and many others gathered in different parts of the country to show their support. It was heart-warming and inspiring to see so many of the common people taking a public stand against corruption. And the best part of this movement was that it was not related to any political party. In fact, politicians were not even allowed to visit the site of protest. This was a movement of the common man who bore the brunt of all their actions - whether good or bad.

Within 5 days, the Government agreed to this 72 year old man's demands and Anna Hazare ended his 97-hour hunger strike. People all over the country rejoiced in this victory. Anna says that this is just the beginning and the real struggle is in drafting the new legislation. Even then, Anna Hazare has succeeded in igniting a fire in the hearts of many Indians.

Questions does arise as to how this bill will be formulated and implemented successfully. Nevertheless, this has showed us that there is a ray of hope and a glimmer of light in the dark abyss of corruption. There will be a better tomorrow as long as the people of this Nation stand united against any force that tries to create barriers amongst them.

You can read more about Anna Hazare here.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this insightful post on Anna Hazare, he is truly inspirational. Let's hope that all Indians embrace his goals and work towards eliminating corruption from all walks of life. Together we grow stronger!

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  2. Some people are born to be leaders. Good that you look upto him. One should always follow the good teachings of their leaders. Thank you for writing this article.

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