Saturday, April 30, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
A few days back, I got a an SMS from one of my friends which read as follows: "When a 72 years old man is fasting unto death against corruption he's not doing it for himself or his generation. It's for the future of our nation. Can't sit back. Joining the relay-hunger strike in support of Anna Hazare's fast for 'Jan Lokpal Bill', our Only Hope for a better India." This message kind of created butterflies in stomach and forced me to think "How can I be part of this?". I surely missed out the hunger strike but by posting this entry on my blog, I am ensuring that I remember this historic event and be part of it as well.
Anna started this fast on Apr 5, 2011 and ended the fast on Apr 11, 2011 leading to formation of a committee for drafting an effective Lokpal bill. This committee is being headed by Pranab Mukherjee for the moment and is expected to submit its report soon.
Lokpal is a hindi word and refers to "Ombudsman". The idea of this bill is to create an ombudsman for the corruption prevalent in our system and actually enact a law around it.
Anna is also popular for the RTI act which has gain significance prominence in our country.