THE whole world is talking about it. Reveling in its success. Participating in candle marches. Presenting notices to government officials. Indian Social Activist Anna Hazaare’s 97-hour long fast finally compelled the government to budge and modify the LokPal Bill (Anti-corruption bill) for good.
After the proverbial win of the Indian Cricket Team, this was the second time when the people of India stood up, shouted and cheered for the right reasons and for the right cause. The youth of India particularly showed enough enthusiasm to participate in Hazaare’s movement and supported him morally. Cities witnessed organizing of candle marches and rallies in support of the right implementation of the Lokpal Bill. And so when the government agreed over a lot of terms and suggestions listed by the activists, it was indeed the victory of the young led by a much older Hazaare.
However, this triggered a buzz at AnyLinuxWork premises. We asked each other: Was this a happy ending? Was this really the climax of the story? After much introspection, we realized it was not. The real story must begin now. What if the government does pass the bill and corruption gets checked realistically in India? Are Indians prepared to be honest in filling up registration forms, admissions, concession certificates and so on without bribing the officials?
Are we prepared to follow the entire process of legal system of administration without short-cuts? And so the battle has not ended for the Indians yet. It is time to say NO to bribery when a traffic policeman catches you without license. It is time we get used to standing in a queue for filing the electricity bill. It’s time when we get accustomed to really giving a driving test before securing a license at the RTO. It’s time we do not bribe an official at the country and town planning department for passing a building map. Team AnyLinuxWork pledges to say NO to bribery whether or not the government officials are corrupt. We believe by doing this, we would be truly supporting the great Gandhian Anna Hazaare in his movement against corruption.