Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Fight Against Corruption

Fight against corruption by Hazare.

The number of supporters in his crusade against corruption continues to grow. On Wednesday, many college students, professionals and housewives joined the public movement against corruption . At least 1,000 supporters – apart from those on fast – were present at the protest site shouting slogans and demanding acceptance of the Gandhian leader's demand for a joint committee comprising public leaders for redrafting the Lokpal Bill.

There were schoolchildren in the crowd. Political leaders, including Uma Bharti and Om Prakash Chautala, were, however, heckled and asked to go back by the crowd.

Many government officials and members of government-appointed committees for social welfare also stood in solidarity with the protesters.

Hazare has started a fast up to death from 5 April 2011 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, to press for the demand to form a joint committee of the representatives of the Government and the civil society to draft a new bill with more stronger penal actions and more independence to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Ombudsmen in the states), after his demand was rejected by the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.

IMO: I do not fully comprehend the details but a fight against corruption obviously sounds very necessary in the light of what practically everyone says, again and again. They have got so many needless committees that a useful one like this sounds admirable to me. I am surprised that the Prime Minister rejects the idea, and that gives reason for thought, and perhaps action.

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