Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune burst firecrackers to celebrate Anna Hazare’s victory

Hazare’s agitation had caught the imagination of the nation, with many coming out on the streets in support. Pune had witnessed a mammoth candlelight rally on Friday evening, with 15,000 people walking from Balgandharva Chowk to Shaniwarwada.

An impromptu celebration was held on Saturday morning to coincide with Anna’s breaking his fast. Around 60 people, including prominent activists Vijay Kumbhar, Vivek Velankar, Sandeep Khardekar, KD Pawar and others, attended the event and sweets were distributed amongst the gathered crowd.With bursting firecrackers, gulal and pro-Hazare slogans renting the air, the upbeat mood of the city was quite evident.

Speaking on the occasion, Khardekar said, “This is the beginning of a great movement, but we need to be vigilant till the Jan Lokpal bill is passed by the government.” The activists urged people to shun corruption in all forms.

IMO: People complain about corruption a lot in India. Let us hope the movement causes great improvements in the situation. Here in Goa, not far from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune,"corruption" seems to be one of the most common words, after "garbage". In recent years, Goa has had approximately one new Government every year and there are frequent changes at panchayat level. More transparency and honesty might reduce the number of called for changes in the long term, and thereby encourage progress and allow long term planning a fairer chance.

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