AUGUST 15, 1947 ‘THE HINDU’ newspaper reads “FREE INDIA IS BORN”,”MEMBERS TAKE PLEDGE OF SERVICE TO COUNTRY”. ‘The Times Of India’ reads “BIRTH OF INDIA’S FREEDOM”,”NATION WAKES TO NEW LIFE”,”Mr.Nehru calls for Big effort from people”. Today ‘AMSARAJIYAM’ reads “INDIA TAKES A NEW BREATH OF LIFE”.
Past few weeks, there has been a revolutionary change happening in Indian politics, a Old man,74years of age has been standing tall like a guarding soldier amidst the sun and haze to protect us. The similarity is that both Anna hazare and army men sacrifice their today for our tomorrow.
There were times when other countries saw men from our country as saints, intellects, but it was in BC. The world has changed now, so has the view of other countries on India and Indians. They have started seeing Indians as greedy, corrupted people because of few corrupted civilians who are hidden amongst us. It’s high time we change this. Have we started? You know the answer, YES!
‘Anna hazare’ is the name that has been echoing and feeding humongous amount of breaking news for the news channels for the past one month, protesting and staging a silent war for the amendment of Jan Lokpal bill. I see people asking ‘where were you all these days Anna ji ? ’, ‘why didn’t you start this war few years back, we could have saved millions?’ I would say “Better late than never”.
But where was he all these days? He definitely did not jump from Mars or Venus, so where was he? He was in You and Me, he was in the person who tweeted angrily seeing the CWG scams, he was the youngster who had put up a igniting status message in facebook seeing the 2G scam, he was in the 40 year old who used to arise discussion amongst his fellow colleagues on corruption, he was in the press reporters and columnists who used to write about corruption week in and week out, he was in the teenager who filled up his blogs with blazing articles. All these people were waiting for a chance to burst up,to stand up against corruption which Hazare gave them.
Anna hazare is a person who has the heart of 2011 youngster and brain of a Man of 1947.Did he say something new? Did he fight for something we have not heard of? No, all he did was he stood up against all the odds and voiced for you and me, stood up and said what people like you and me had in our mind. He voiced the cry of a family man who was forced pay bribe to get his land registered, he voiced for the forty year old who had to pay bribe in Hospitals to get his treatment done, he voiced for the nation which was weeping in anger seeing the amount of corruption that has been taking place all these days.
The youngsters were desperate for a leader like Anna to lead them to right path, all were looking up asking lord Krishna, Jesus, Allah to come and help us. And finally the ray of hope came, Is that all about Anna hazare? No, hazare showed us the way, our strength i.e. Unity. Today the victory is not Hazare’s but it’s ours; there can be nothing more powerful than the people in a democratic nation like India. If we are united nothing can stumble us, hazare made us realize that. Past few days was like a week full of India-Pakistan match. Before this happened, it seemed like our country men would realize they are Indians only in three circumstances. First, During India-Pakistan match. Second, independence day and finally, when we get our Visas. Hazare changed the scenario. From over a month he has brought up the spirit of oneness in Indians together. He stood steady, against the government, against the political pressures, against all odds for our future generations. A big salute to the man who made it possible. He may look old, but he has a young heart of our century.
He has showed us the way, now it is the supreme duty of the younger generation to say no to corruption and follow the right path and make our country clean and pure. In 1963 Hazare was a driver for Indian army and now after so many years he is the driving force for the entire nation.Hail Anna Hazare! Let’s be a role model to our future generations Stand up against corruption “Anti-Corruption Starts from you!”.