In 2011 comes a man from a village in Maharashtra who awakens the nation and says that it is our Dharma to eradicate corruption. Tens of thousands of Indian men, women, children, artisans, farmers and students of all age groups have joined Anna Hazare to cleanse the Indian society of corruption. It is a powerful movement that is absolutely apolitical. The movement has support of people of all walks of life who are votaries of all major and minor faiths of the world and they are all non violent; absolutely peaceful.
AHINSA or absence of violent means to achieve the end, is the basic Mantra of this mass movement of Anna Hazare. It is a unique feature of this peaceful protest. The whole world recognizes the Rights of free thought and expression. Suppressing this freedom of Expression would amount to violation of Human Rights.
It is his innocent and child-like smile that draws strangers close to him. He smiles even in adverse circumstances. He smiles when he fasts. He smiles when the jail authorities denied him water for a bath since he stayed on in the administrative building of the jail even after his official release. Anna Hazare does not raise the pitch of his voice even when the group discussion degenerates into a slinging match. Anna Hazare is as cool as a cucumber, calm as the sea-surface in non-tsunami nights and focused as a camera lens. He knows what to do, when to do and how to do. Indeed the secret of his success in all his projects lies in his planning, preparation and execution from A to Z. Further, Anna chooses his colleagues well and never lets a selfish person take undue advantage of his nearness to Anna Hazare.
Now the world media is taking interest in the Anna generated People’s Movement for having a LOKPAL who would oversee the official work of all government departments, all government servants, even the highest of the high and thus leave no room for corruption. When corruption is got rid of, the people of Bharat will heave a sigh of relief. The demon of corruption and thereby generation of black money and consequent of stashing ill got- ten wealth in foreign banks made our motherland poorest of the poor.
The Indian Parliament unanimously resolved that the Standing Committee would consider Anna’s three demands – including the lower bureaucracy in the Lokpal’s purview, a central law for creating Lok Ayuktas in states and a citizen’s charter for government departments providing public service.
He has tapped into a nation’s rising frustration and anger against corruption of the most scandalous proportions, and channeled it into a mass movement that has shaken the government to its foundation, and placed the entire political class on notice. With the elimination of the demon of corruption, the common man will improve his standard of living. His lifestyle will be in conformity with the norms laid down by the greatest law- giver,
It is a token victory for people of India but the real battle is just about to start now, Anna Hazare has lit a fire. It’s for every one of us to keep the flame of hope alive.
– Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief