10 things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill

 1. Who is Anna Hazare?
 An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War
 2. What's so special about him?
 He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar
district, Maharashtra.
 3. So what?
 This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is
produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel
and wind mills.
 In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is
one of the richest village in India. It has become a model
for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.
 4. Ok,...?
 This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a
known figure for his social activities.
 5. Really, what is he fighting for?
 He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb
corruption in India.
 6. How that can be possible?
 He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen
Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who
will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS)
accountable for their deeds.
 8. It's an entirely new thing right..?
 In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr.
Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the
politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit
thier theft (corruption).
 7. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole
thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such
a short span of time?
 The first thing he is asking for is: the government
should come forward and announce that the bill is going to
be passed.
 Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL
BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public
participation. Because you cant trust the government
entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.
 8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?
 A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have
an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of
India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be
appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial
in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the
guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal
Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years
without any result.
 9. Is he alone? Who else is there in the fight with Anna
 Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami
Agnivesh, RTI  activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.
 Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his
 10. Ok, got it. What can I do?
 At least we can sign this petition: http://www.avaaz.org

We can spread the message. How?
 Putting status message, links, video, changing profile
 At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for
uprooting corruption from India.
 At least we can hope that his Hunger Strike does not go
in vain.
 At least we can wish for his good health.
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23 Responses to “10 things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill”

  1. suman 10 April 2011 at 10:02 PM #

    oh! what a article!

  2. A K Bairagi 10 April 2011 at 10:22 PM #

    thanks to the editor of SRAI for posting a important article about Anna Hazare. Knew from the article a lot of Information. Thanks again.

  3. Anabil Sengupta 10 April 2011 at 10:46 PM #

    We shall overcome…

  4. Chitradip Som 10 April 2011 at 10:49 PM #

    Another well written article. I, like many other ordinary indians, render my full support to Mr. Anna Hazare. But a few questions strikes me, as-
    a) from the very first day of his movement, Congress is propagating that it is powered by a section of RSS leaders to embarrass and destable the government. And yes, we saw a RSS leader in the assembly. Why did Mr. Anna allow these persons? has it not substantiated Congress’ claim and tarnished his image, albeit for a little?
    b) there was a huge gathering supporting Anna’s argues- from CEO of MNC to jeans clad youngsters. Do they really want a corruption free India? are they really so worried for our country? are they all honest in their personal,professional and conjugal life?or it is a just a media made hype?
    c) ultimately, it is upto the politicians and judiciary system who will draft & execute the proposed bill. And here d question lies, who will bell the cat? both of them are sank in corruption. from kalmadi to justice soumitra sen- names are endless. Then…?

  5. Manasi Mallik 10 April 2011 at 11:14 PM #

    Very good idea for understanding about Lokpal bill & Anna Hazar. Thanks to editor of SRAI

  6. Dwijapada Bouri 12 April 2011 at 11:27 AM #

    Nice Idea…

  7. Apurba 12 April 2011 at 11:45 AM #

    its a good articles because it short but full of information.

  8. Profile photo of Sumitra Padmanabhan
    Sumitra 12 April 2011 at 1:30 PM #

    Chitradip, 1) from the very first day Anna has made it very clear that no political or religious bias will be tolerated. Politians or even members of any political group can sit among the audience as they are also indian citizens, but not on the stage. Any politiacl person identified are promptly driven away fron the group of activists.
    2) Yes, many are honest and dream of a better India. Even among MNCs there are companies that do not bribe or accept kick-backs. So do not be a skeptic and support the cause full-heartedly.
    3)’Ultimately’? Ultimately kya hoga? — dekha jayega. Abhi kranti jari hai! Read other articles in this site on Anna. Editor

  9. Bipu 12 April 2011 at 3:39 PM #

    I support the view of Mrs. Sumitra about the Anna Hazare

  10. mrinal 12 April 2011 at 6:00 PM #

    an exclusive one

  11. pronay 12 April 2011 at 7:51 PM #

    khub valo artical.Thank u editor of srai.

  12. rationalistbiplab 12 April 2011 at 8:10 PM #

    chitodip, for ur kind information- denmark, finland and some other europian are rich country. but there is no corruption, i mean rare corruption. their living style, mentality is not as a revolutionalist. but they are honest for their country. this is a better democrecy. it is not a conclusion but fact.

  13. surinder 13 April 2011 at 3:47 PM #


  14. Chitradip Som 14 April 2011 at 2:42 PM #

    In reply to Sumitra, I need to clarify some points-
    1) I am satisfied about the first answer. I didnt know that fact. Thanks to Sumitra for debunking my wrong idea.
    2) now, come to the 2nd answer. Though my letter was written in a simple and unambiguos language, but I knew it might draw a unwanted controversy and I might be misinterpreted (and that happened) and hence in the 2nd sentence of my letter I mentioned that “I… RENDER MY FULL SUPPORT TO MR. ANNA HAZARE”. So, there’s nothing to be ‘sceptic’. I am never in mood to belittle the movement initiated by Mr. Hazare or even I am not least apprehensive on possibility of the success of him. I also treat him with high regard as others. I only wanted to say that I am puzzled seeing the huge gathering surrouunding Anna. Were they really serious on the matter? or it was just merely a ‘hujug’ made by the media? (according to news report, Lolit Modi is also supporting the movement!! Its the height of the irony !!)
    3)may be many MNC-s or there employees are honest. But so what??? Have I even just for once uttered that ‘all the MNCs and their employees are corrupt’? Or ‘all the rich persons are dishonest’? So what is the relevance of this answer? I really didnt find any remote connection between my question and your answer (the same thing happened in case of one poor ‘rationalistbiplab’).
    4)the third answer is not clear to me (“ultimately keya hoga..”). What did she wanted to mean? It seems that the writer herself is confused on the question I had raised and wanted to just get rid of it. Thats why such a obscure, feeble and faltering answer…
    At the end, I request you all, that dont misunderstand me. I am also a co-passenger of the boat you are riding. May be I have some different opinions and views as I keep faith on my own wisdom, discretion and sense of logic and hence not a sycophant like some (again, ‘some’, not all) of your members. Thats why I raised those questions for a healthy academic debate. You must concede that constructive criticism is always welcome. So…
    With love and respect to you all
    Chitradip Som


  15. Chitradip Som 14 April 2011 at 2:56 PM #

    There is a mistake in last two sentences. It should be read as- “you must concede that constructive criticism is always welcome.

    With love and respect to you all
    Chitradip Som”

    (and also sorry for some grammatical mistakes that happened due to quick writing)

  16. Bari Vibgyor 15 April 2011 at 5:17 PM #

    Thanks to the editor of SRAI for givingclarification regarding Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill.But is anything really produced by praying as it is requested as “At least we can pray for his good health.”

  17. Anup Mondal 16 April 2011 at 12:21 AM #

    Thank for the article & awareness.

  18. Habibul Islam 16 April 2011 at 5:21 PM #

    I strongly support Anna Hazare in his movement against corruption.I hope for a corruptinon freeIndia in near future.

  19. Madhusudan Mahato 19 April 2011 at 1:03 PM #

    Thanks to SRAI.

  20. UTTARAYAN DEB 20 April 2011 at 7:39 PM #

    From when Mr. Ghosh (Prabirbabau) has started to believe in Prayer? The point number 10 of Anna Hazare, I am talking about.
    [language should be modified]

  21. Bari Vibgyor 21 April 2011 at 8:29 PM #

    Thanks the editor as “wish” is replaced to the word “pray’. I think it was sleep of quick typing.

  22. Asok Kumar Das 4 August 2011 at 9:27 PM #

    In my very young age I started smoking to prove myself a respectable adult. My friends joined me and would light a cigerette as soon as a girl would pass by the tea shop. To gain attraction, to gain respect and to gain recognition is very normal human instinct. Corruption generates from that instinct apart from passion of greed (and not for necessity).

    Corruption brings easy money.And money brings social recognition and respect. A rich man, although corrupt is honoured by the society, but a poor honest man is not. I have seen a corrupt railway goods clerk elected president of puja committee, while the honest but poor headmaster sat in the back bench unnoticed. In support of huge dowary, the father of the bridegroom, I found proudly declared the amount of his son’s extra income (upri) apart from honest salary. The corrupt one of all the sons in law is offered the head of the fish. Both his hands are allowed to remain tightly occupied by the sisters of his generous, unsuspecting and proud wife – proud for her husband’s illgot money. Even the astrlogers like Mr. Biswas (alias Satyananda) or godmen like Mr. Raju (alias Saibaba) is respected by the high society. Thus the corrupt people harvest recognition and respect in every sphere of social life. So long we respect corrupt people and and so long we adore them, corruption will continue to remain. No Lokpal,however strong may his legal hands be, can punish them and none can uproot corruption.

    But we can do. Only we can do, and that too without any law.


    Asokdas Charbak
    California, USA

  23. sushma 12 September 2011 at 8:47 PM #

    it is a great atical.

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