The start to the month of April, 2011 has seen an awe-inspiring display of people power in India. Starting with wild celebrations of India’s world cup victory (read here for detailed account) on April 2 and April 3, followed up by a people’s movement to cleanse the nation of corruption. While the first occasion was powered by a youthful and confident Indian cricket team, the second instance was led by lesser known 71 year old Gandhian now famously known as Anna Hazare.
In a bid to cleanse the nation of rampant corruption which has plagued the country for the past many decades and has constantly been rocked by one corruption scandal after another, the government drafted a bill titled Lokpal Bill. This bill was however deemed by the intelligentsia to be weak and ineffective. Thus, members of an initiative titled India Against Corruption formulated an alternative proposal called Jan Lokpal Bill which would be much more autonomous and effective (read here for the differences between the two versions).
The Indian government however refused to pay heed to that bill and rejected it thereby leading Anna Hazare to call for a Fast Unto Death campaign on April 5 to make his voice heard. The result of this movement was unprecedented and something that India has never seen before. Millions of Indians across the nation ranging from college students, working professionals as well as retired senior citizens joined Anna Hazare in his quest with many of them fasting with him.
The movement was further strengthened when Indian celebrities, Bollywood stars and glitterati voiced their support for the movement. Celebrities such as Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Pritish Nandy, Gul Panag, Shahid Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and many more came out in open support of the movement via twitter as well as by being physically present next to Mr. Hazare.
India is a people’s republic and the largest democracy in the world and the past week has certainly showcased this. If you wish to express your support for this movement then checkout the links below