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India’s Second Freedom Fight 2011-Part I

August 18, 2011

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Greetings,

[The fight against corruption has united the whole of India for good. The nation has finally woken up. Kudos to Mr Hazaare. He has proved that  in this era of information and technology and nuclear energy, Gandhian Values, Righteousness, ‘the need of honesty’ are considered as ‘NECESSITY’ . Today, people from all walks of life and from all age groups have come together to crush the mighty and corrupt who are ruining our country India.  The politicians of  India have siphoned off crores of rupees to foreign countries. It is extremely unfortunate that in a country wherein more than half the population finds it difficult to even get two square meals, our politicians are busy minting money and fulfilling their vested interests.]

As everybody from India & major cities of world knows about the unrest going on in India today. Yes may be many of the people are not totally aware of what’s exactly going on; Throw me some questions like, “What is Jan-Lokpal-Bill?” “Why is it Important?” “Who is Anna Hazare?” “Why is the Indian Government against this reform?”…and many such related ones…Ok I’ll try and answer some big-ones here. But before that I want to ask a question to myself, “Why am I writing a post in relation to all these things…at the first place?” (Hmmm…) and now let me answer this one (to myself?!) “I want to participate in this nation-wide movement or rather protest, also I have my own voice…,this blog to speak to the world, hence I am writing this post & by doing so I am offering my bit of participation for this Once-In-A-Lifetime opportunity to serve the country DIRECTLY.”

   

So now Let’s build our subject brick by brick to make out what the exact picture of India’s protest is ! (NTS: pumping the intellectual points of my brain makes me feel more worthy as a human-being, than by doing anything else!)

Question 01 : Who Is Anna Hazare?

Answer : Kisan Hazare was born on 15 June 1937 in Bhingar, a small village near the city of Hinganghat, in Bombay Province (present-day Maharashtra). Kisan’s father, Baburao Hazare, worked as an unskilled labourer in Ayurveda Ashram Pharmacy. Kisan’s grandfather was working for the army in Bhingar. Kisan had six younger siblings and the family faced significant hardships in their village, Ralegan Siddhi. Kisan’s Aunt offered to look after him and his education, and took him to Mumbai. Kisan studied up to the seventh standard in Mumbai and then sought employment, due to the economic situation in his household. He started selling flowers at Dadar to support his family. He soon started his own shop and brought two of his brothers to Bombay.This is that same Kisan Baburao Hazare who is popularly known as Anna Hazare, today he is an Indian social activist who is especially recognized for his contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India and his efforts for establishing it as a model village, for which he was awarded the Padma Bhushan—the third-highest civilian award—by the government of India in 1992. If you want to know in detail about this great person then follow Anna Hazare’s Official website

   

Question 02 : What is Jan-Lokpal-Bill?

Answer : The Jan-Lokpal-Bill (Citizen’s ombudsman Bill) is a draft anti-corruption bill drawn up by prominent civil society activists seeking the appointment of a Jan Lokpal, an independent body that would investigate corruption cases, complete the investigation within a year and envisages trial in the case getting over in the next one year. Let us take a closer look at the silent features of Jan-Lokpal-Bill, point by point.

Silent Features of Jan-Lokpal-Bill :

  1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up.
  2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.
  3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.
  4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.
  5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.
  6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.
  7. But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.
  8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.
  9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.
  10. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.
So for now you have come to the end of Part 1 of my post titled “India’s Second Freedom Fight 2011”. The Part 2 will be published in a short duration of time, meanwhile I will prepare my draft for the forthcoming Part 2. Hoping that this post helps people unveil the basics behind …India’s Second Freedom Fight 2011. Jai Hind.

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