Could this become THE movement?

By | January 31, 2011

We are all crying hoarse about the prevalence of corruption in public life and  how individual efforts are throttled, the ones trying to root it our persecuted, hounded and even burnt alive. It has become endemic to the system in our country today and sometimes one feels there is no hope.

Some committed public figures mobilize the common people to stand up and say no, when they take out rallies against corruption in difference cities and the support is universal, what happens? Do the channels telecast it live? Do the newspapers give it a 72-point headline? Sadly no. The channels studiously avoid any mention, the odd one just giving a one-line coverage before going back to the live coverage of the film awards functions. Now that is news of national importance; who wants to see the sweaty faces of Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi when one can feast one’s eyes on the gorgeous Katrina Kaif, the hunky Hritik or the macho Salman, not to speak of the item queen Malaika with her zandu balm.

The T-shirt of the rallyist in Los Angles says it all.

The rally was organized under the aegis of India Against Corruption the ‘people’s movement’ in Delhi.  While many blackened pots aka political parties have held rallies against corruption of some other kettle, this one was different, in that it did not align itself with any political party and made it clear that it was not either in favour or against any party.

All the major communities had at least one representative. It had such diverse participants as Baba Ramdev, The Archbishop of Delhi, The Rev. B.Vincent  M. Concessao, Mufti Shamoon Kasmi,  Mahmood A.Madani Rajya Sabha MP, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi — both Ramon Magsaysay awardees,  a former Chief Justice,  a former CBI director, two former law ministers and many other prominent people sharing a common platform to root our corruption.  Above all thousands of common people like you and me marched against corruption.

The rally took place not only in Delhi, but in 60 other cities across the country. And what do our wonderful national channels with its pantheon of illustrious journalists do? They quietly ignore it. It is not some fancy IPL auction or the glamorous filmy function to be telecast live. Leave alone telecasting it live, but not even was it shown on newscasts. Only Zee News showed some footage. It was an excellent opportunity to have redeemed itself after all the accusations of being partisan and sensational. If not for anything else, at least to show that there is no religious bar to a common fight. But that would defeat the grand designs of these media houses wouldn’t it?

Granted that the channels are a bunch of screeching banshees who can spend three days in a row bringing ‘live’ such things as the ‘Yamuna flowing above danger level’, till one had memorized every crack, brick and stone of the various spots in the river from where they were screaming their heads off. But what disappointed me is that even newspapers didn’t give it front page coverage but shunted it to the inside pages like city or metro. Let them not give it the first or second headline status, but one expects them to at least give it a one column coverage on page one.

One can’t blame the media. It is so busy right now doing and perhaps on the verge of achieving what even the British didn’t achieve — polarize the minorities against the majority so completely that there is no chance of reconciliation. Having high-voltage stage-managed ‘debates’ between various factions and communities in the studio is  far better for their TRPs than  highlighting the combined fight of the same groups against a common enemy — the corrupt. So don’t send one of your screeching banshees to any of the rallies.

After all who wants to watch harmony and peace? Give us scam, give us violence and give us hatred! More, more and more gore! We have got a bloodthirsty media that is feeding a bloodthirsty nation demanding more such news coverage. We have a media here that has either forgotten or hasn’t learnt how to act responsibly, how to play down hatred and distrust even while showing news. It could be because by highlighting a rally that is fighting against corrupt governments everywhere the media would be antagonizing the very same parties that fund them and keep them in comfort and luxury. Can they take such colossal risk? God forbid!

The rally might not have drawn millions to the road, but it is a beginning. A snowballing of the movement that can change the face of this country – a dream that we all cherish. The promoters and supporters are from such diverse backgrounds that they can motivate their well-wishers and followers, who are considerable in number. And we can each favour at least one of them surely, surely? And If you can’t find a single one whom you trust, it is about time to start a movement of your own, isn’t it? So what are you waiting for?

The cause is noble. The mass involvement of the common man will prevent the movement from being hijacked by any one individual for vested interests. That is people power.

All of us might not have been able to take part in the rally in person. But we can all support the fight. And this time, we don’t have to walk to the polling booth to stand in a queue to vote — I vote every time, by the way. The net-crazed nation that we are, we have been given the chance to exercise our vote without moving out of the comfort of our living rooms.

I just voted against corruption on the website of India Against Corruption at http://voteforindia.org/ Won’t you?

****Following Purba’s suggestion, I am doing a tag for this post.

You are all Tagged! Purba, Magiceye, Delhizen, Mayank Restless Mind, Alka, S.R.Ayyangar, Tikuli, Mohan, Vee, Lakshmi Rajan, Varsha, Manju , Snow Leopard and all those who are reading this post.

Let’s all do our bit for rooting out corruption.

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Have you read these tag posts yet?

Mayank SharmaMahajan-Man Returns: The Curious Case of India TV ! @ http://www.whatthefckisgoinon.in/2011/02/mahajan-man-returns-curious-case-of.html //

Restless Mind with Sensitive HeartCorrupt? Me? Nah!!! @

http://myworldmyperception.blogspot.com/2011/02/corrupt-me-nah.html

Manju @ http://bit.ly/gRD1eR

Alka – Celebrates the C word

@ http://alkagurha.blogspot.com/2011/02/reel-vs-real.html
@http://alkagurha.blogspot.com/2011/01/dil-maange-more.html

@http://alkagurha.blogspot.com/2010/12/comedy-circus.html

Purba @ http://purba-ray.blogspot.com/2011/01/honesty-is-now-obsoleteit-died-slow.html

Magiceye @ http://instantwords.blogspot.com/2011/02/freedom-revealed.html

Varsha @ http://poeticbreak.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-post.html

Veehttp://psychesvisage.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-dare-to-dream.html

Snow Leopard @ http://unpredictableblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/maverick-journals-2/

Delhizen @ http://taxfreethoughts.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/breaking-news-black-announced-as-the-national-colour-of-india/

Mayur @ http://maxmayur.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/words/

Mayank @ http://mayank-p.blogspot.com/2011/02/money-its-size-that-matters.html

123 thoughts on “Could this become THE movement?

  1. Deepika

    Corruption is one root cause and result of indian govt’s stability. I’ll vote there too.

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  2. Purba

    Why don’t you to circulate this write-up of yours as a tag for us to pick up. It should reach to out everybody who is disgusted with the state of affairs.

    I am with you, I am with the people’s movement….enough is enough!!

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  3. Lakshmi Rajan

    Bring on Katrina, Kareena and Deepika sporting a Tess “I am against Corruption” , Media will lap it up and ya, it will generate TRP.

    Bring on Big B or King Khan to be the brand ambassador for the website, you will have millions votes.

    Else get Sachin or Dhoni for a celebrity endorsement or even better a Anti-corruption T20 and bring on the corporate sponsorship and you get 3 hours prime TV slot to grab eyeballs.

    P.s Nicely written and I could feel and share your anguish. Let the common man’s movement against corruption have a snow ball effect to bring an effective change in our country.

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    1. Alka

      You said it Lakshmi….

      Great post Cyber Nag. We need a platform to vent our ire and raise our voices.Media is planted news these days…They are more interested in planting ministers and TRPs.

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    2. Zephyr Post author

      You know what? The celebs might at best canvass for Polio Day but not for something like this! But yes, your cynicism hit the bulls eye. Did you vote?

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Right on! i have written the same thing too. And they pretend to be ‘exposing’ scams.

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  4. varsha

    The real danger is not feeling any outrage- the society (and the media) is becoming inured to corruption.Its like the pollution,garbage and adulteration.We know it is lethal and toxic but we think what difference can one person make?
    I think that we need to go beyond marching and symbolic voting : we need to report ,resist,say no and blow the whistle.
    http://ipaidabribe.com/

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      It is somewhat like the conscience that pricks only in the beginning. After some time it gets blunted and then part of the system as you say. This is the beginning, who knows it will change things? Sustained efforts are most important though.

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  5. Snow Leopard

    Yes it happened. And it should happen. We have suffered for a long time.
    P.S. I had parked a domain named http://www.secondfreedom.com two years ago. My idea was to launch a campaign once things get out of control. I think now is the right time to launch the site.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Wow, Snow Leopard, launch it post haste! We will all join you too. The bigger the movement becomes, the wider it spreads, the faster the result!

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        1. Zephyr Post author

          Start the forum. People have clicked to the link from my blog already and found it under construction.

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  6. Blue Lotus

    If they do scams,at least finish off the work..If they eat up 50 crore and we have a state-of-art road system,I might not crib..But they eat up 500 crore and leaves us with mud roads..Phew,I’m not ready to say I’m disgusted with the system and do nothing..

    Media?They have become a despicable group.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      None of us wants to give up, which is why we should support this group which is apolitical. So go ahead and pick up the tab too, Blue Lotus! Tweet the website for voting against corruption and put it on FB too.

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  7. manju

    You are right. This is such an impressive movement! And no- I did not notice news reports about this in either the print media or TV channels. Thanks for the info.

    It really is a positive beginning! I’ll certainly vote at the site you have mentioned. :)

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      In Mumbai too the rally took place. In fact, the pic at the top is from the Mumbai rally. But since you and I can’t participate, we can be content to vote from home and spread the message. Pick up the tab too!

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  8. sumit

    This is seriously odd. When was this rally? There honestly wasn’t a beep about it over here. Or am I really out of the loop?

    Well written. Will look up the Vote for India website when I get back from work (says cannot find server at work)

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      That’s exactly what I have written. The media is so secretive about anything to do with the exposure of corruption except when they are forced into showing it. I am encouraged to think that this movement is unlike others because the powers that be must be scared enough to have sent out unspoken/unwritten message to block it.

      And do spread it among your network please.

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  9. S.R.Ayyangar

    WE THE PEOPLE talk and write about corruption hoping that it would be read by those who are ‘in ‘ it but they hardly take note or just ignore. So are the media houses- they are more concerned about their viewer ship and TRP rather then anything else and of course they will be too happy to feature you prominently if a ‘fat’ packet is handed over the the person covering such an event.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      That is very nice of you, SRA. I am sure it will spread if it becomes an online movement and if the votes are going to be counted and the powers that be are to be shaken, let us do it. See, there is no corruption at the website, because one can only vote once with all the details that is required :)

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  10. Parth J Dave

    I really doubt this campaign will do anything substantial. I happened to browse through IAC’s Facebook Page and all they talked about, was publicity and more publicity.

    I’m wondering can you like really get rid of corruption by organizing rallies, protests, speeches and verbal assaults for politicians? Corruption has now become a way of life, and the only way to eradicate it is through sincere and honest living.

    I just don’t think this can be a movement. All this fizz and glam may be just fleeting, who knows?!

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Welcome here Parth. for someone so young, you have a lot of vision and patriotism. That is what is required in today’s India. And from you question at the end of the comment, it would appear that you have hopes that it might not fizzle out after all. And if we continue keeping it alive, it will become a movement. Net has the ripple effect. And all of you who are on any social network should continue campaigning for this cause. It WILL bear fruit, one day.

      As for publicity, which organisation does not thrive on it? it has become the necessity today. Better publicise some good cause than Tom dick and harry for some payment. And yes rallies, protests, accountability and punishment will bring results. Honest living is a noble thing, and we should all live honestly, but it is only a vaccine to prevent a malaise. To root out something endemic as this, we can’t do with vaccines, but drastic treatment, which might even be surgery and amputation.

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      1. Parth J Dave

        Hello Zephyr,

        Thank you for your encouraging remarks! I sure am as concerned about the affairs of the state as you are.

        I ask, is this really a movement? You have people gathering at a place, burning copies of the Lokpal Bill, engaging in protests, screams and discussions. These very same people might have probably bribed a cop after skipping a signal, or donated a gift to the local Income Tax guy or even manipulated and twisted the truth.

        Like it or not, but we have to accept the fact that we all are hypocrites. Corruption, as you mentioned, is too endemic for a casual treatment. It is definitely time to get extreme and move forward. But the question here, is how? Can we as a nation just protest, protest and protest throughout our lives? I’m sure you know what’s going in Egypt now. I would really not want that to happen here.

        Instead of protest, let us be responsible for our actions – When we vote for a candidate/party and verbally assault the same candidate/party the very next day. Let us realize that change begins with us. I’m a student and I was just reading in my sociology textbook that any social problem is the responsibility of the entire nation. You cannot blame a government or an individual for the same. Likewise, it is us who have to blamed and protested against. We have to change the way we behave. Corruption, I believe, is a psychological funda and not a political one.

        I’m sorry, I wrote a lot here, but I was just sharing my thoughts. I’d like to know what you think about it.

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        1. Zephyr Post author

          Hey Parth, we don’t know what a movement is till it succeeds, that’s why I have asked a question. But unlike Mandal or other caste and creed based issues, this is about the basic right of the citizen — it includes everyone from top to bottom. Like Kiran had said in one of her comments, it is a win-win situation for those who are guilty — for their grandchildren and successors.

          Agreed that it is a psychological funda, but if there is punishment and stringent ones at that, any psychology will change. I will be tempted to take a bribe, but will be scared of being put behind bars and so will hesitate. But here the system is corrupt from top to bottom and so they know they can get away if the cover their tracks. That’s why the lower rung officials get caught. They are thrown to the wolves to save the bosses.

          As for the movement itself, please read my reply to Snow Leopard.

          All the best. We need more kids like you!

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    2. Kiran bedi

      Parth this movement is for our present and your present and future. The country belongs now more to you—–youth. And if you give up, you all will be enslaved for life, do u want to be..?? If not then get up and mobilize your friends. And raise your voice. Believe in your strength. Believe in your moral strength. Your future is at stake. We are sorry we ought to have fought for you earlier. But better late than never. With best wishes. Kiran.

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      1. Parth J Dave

        Hi Kiran,

        You’re very right! This movement is for our future and we ought to participate and weed out corruption! I would never want to be enslaved, but rather empowered to fight this out.

        I just have disagreements on the way the campaign is being conducted. You can refer to my reply to Zephyr’s comment a little above to know what I really really mean.

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  11. Kiran bedi

    Friends we all have been unorganized and suffered. We as a nation have collectively and individually suffered the consequences of corruption. Let’s not suffer any more. Time to come together in one voice now. And say NO MORE……

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Good to have your comment here Ms.Kiran Bedi. Indeed we need to fight together on all fronts and this movement has to snowball into something that will completely eradicate corruption from all walks of life. We hope more and more people join hands and make it happen. And yes, it is time to say, No More!

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      1. Kiran bedi

        Yes NO MORE. It’s the test of our determination. It’s a win win for all. barring the few. For them too is a win win for their generations to come. Kiran.

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        1. Zephyr Post author

          Once people realise that only the fruits of honest work and good deeds will last, they will mend. But when they can’t do it by themselves, people power has to make them realise. Lead on!

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  12. valve

    EXPOSE corruption queen Sonia Gandhi in Public.
    Till she and Congress stay in India,there will be no end to corruption.
    So risk your lives and expose Corruption in India.

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    1. Kiran bedi

      Only the names in tax haven banks can dislodge the entrenched. Let’s hope one day this hap penes and we get to know the truth. The apex court is at it. Keep our fingers crossed.

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  14. Desh

    There is a larger enhancement of consciousness that is required. Over and above one time walk… The coming together of diverse people for situational crisis is one thing… to create a sustainable national consciousness is another. We need a VERY long term commitment… and that should begin with a LOT of soul searching. Why are we here..? How?

    And if in that soul searching halos fall on the way side.. then so be it! Are we ready for that? If not, then this will be a dud!

    Without honest soul searching when such different characters join the band, then there is a hint of opportunism on part of some (not all). Sometimmes, failed attempts at movements create mental boundaries due to cynicism, which could stall meaningful action for centuries.

    The need of the hour is to raise the awareness of the common man that he is being GANG RAPED and he needs to fight back. We all seem to be enjoying getting raped right now! That is our tragedy… that is our level of self respect!

    This means that we have to go beyond Brand-Name Activism. It has to be dispersed… and express our collective anguish. The ONLY organizing point for such a movement can be the centrality of our Self Respect.

    Not until the likes of Swami Vivekananda and then Bhagat Singh awakened our self respect – did the common man yearn for freedom.. until then.. we had no idea that we were being raped by Brits! Its the same now!

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Very truly said. Any such movement needs to be sustained over long periods, with the same commitment and enthusisasm. But in this age of ‘promotion’ and self-promotion, it has become necessary to be visible in all forums to be reckoned. So some amount of publicity is necessary. But as I mentioned in another comment, the deliberate omission of this rally by every channel itself is a measure of its success. All that is needed is for the promoters to remain focused and take it forward. The advantage of having diverse personalities is something I have mentioned in the blurb of this post.

      Who doesn’t want a Bhagat Singh or Vivekananda or Mahatma Gandhi? who knows he is not amongst us? Let us all say no to being ‘gang-raped’ as you put it and get the perpetrators to become accountable.

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      1. Desh

        At another level, let’s not wait or “look” for Bhagat Singh or Vivekananda. Let’s BECOME ONE!

        Kiran Bedi and Baba Ramdev – as great as they are – cannot carry our conscience for us. WE HAVE TO!

        Instead of being people who live by rants and raves.. let the bloggers on this forum at least think for once – that they will START to think seriously and honestly. Incisively.. and with Ruthless intellect.

        Fast paced trash can be produced by anyone. But if we want national transformation.. we have to take the mantle on ourselves. Each ONE OF US!

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  15. Giribala

    “A 2005 study done by Transparency International in India found that more than 75% of the people had firsthand experience of paying bribe or peddling influence to get any type of job done in a public office.” ~ Wikipedia
    I am a very optimistic person, but to change the attitude of such a large number of people is difficult in a short period.
    Only if the values are inculcated at young age via school curriculum, can we expect change when they join the workforce.

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    1. Desh

      Giribala – I would submit that its useless to put the onus on the schools. Its about US.. the parents.. the individuals. let’s not look for proxies, please.. for our own deficiencies.

      And its not about attitude either. Its about our ENTIRE BEING! I tried to explore this question in one blog post sometime back..

      http://www.drishtikone.com/blog/360-degree-work-around-living-how-did-we-reach-here

      We have come from being a holistic thinking people to jugadu people.. something has FOUNDATIONALLY gone wrong. Please see. Let us not hack at the branches .. when the cure lies in the root. We are just wasting time otherwise.

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      1. Kiran bedi

        Désh if we do not come together as a non political civil concerned knowledgable and determined force we will continue to suffer. Our disunity has been exploited already and we have been used. No more now. Those who are passionate about the cause and believe in it must come together. Those who are still not sure of results at least can think that this is better than status quo. After all this coming together is not for positions and awards but out of hurt….hurt at being cheated. We now must come together as citizens to stop getting hurt. And same tools which caused the insult cannot provide relief. The tools have to change and the manner of their use. Hence let’s hold hands, think win win now. For we have must come out of a defeatist approach. As also suspecting. Both Arvind Kejriwal and I have nothing to ask for more from these beggars! To retrieve our present and save our future we have to persistently replace our existing blunt tools. Hence this is one of the many ways. Ofcourse not the only one. Best wishes. Kiran.

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        1. Desh

          Ma’am: I agree with you. Come together we must. That is an imperative. But while we are doing that, let us fill the movement with the relevant fuel. Fuel of populist passion will last only so long. We also need personal accountability from every one. No one is out there who will save us… its us.

          Bringing so many together is great work in itself. The real work lies in creating a revolution in a country that has NEVER had a people’s revolution which yielded results in its 7000 (or more) years of existence. Can we do an Egypt? Can we do a French Revolution?

          Doing another Mandal or such things cannot and should not be our destiny .. again. We need to think sustainability and results.

          In a country where Probes are a euphemism for “coming clean” – to heck with the money that never came back – we need to talk retribution. I want the money back! Every penny.. every rupee! Nothing short of that should work.

          I am with you and Arvind for whatever its worth.. with the understanding that we are looking long term and of igniting the flame of self respect and incisive intellect in every man and woman in India. Once we have done that, no other movement need be done.

          “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” – Alan Simpson

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    2. Zephyr Post author

      Yes, Giribala. Values should be inculcated at a young age but as you say it won’t change in a generation. Like Snow Leopard says, the hard disk needs to be formatted. And ways and means should be found to do this. A rally in isolation won’t help. More people, opinion makers and others should start asking the question. Then let’s see how long the change takes. Other countries have conquered corruption to a great extent. Why can’t we? The answer is punish the guilty without worrying how you will make money IF you ever come to power.

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  16. magiceye

    The link for the ‘vote’ takes one to a site which seems straight out of a ‘babu’s’ office. It is too lengthy and asks for information which makes one feel as if one is applying for one’s passport. There should be something much simpler like press a button and vote. Registration should only ask for name and telephone number and okay maybe the city. Anything more will put off an online voter. Hence I shall not post that link but shall post a link to your blog.
    Had just posted a haiku about freedom before reading your post. Shall just add the link now.
    Jai Hind!

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      I found the same issue with the website. We should bring it to the notice of the IAC people. I understand the feeling you have outlined about the online form :D

      Great minds do think alike! You picked up the tag before reading the post :) Do send me the link.

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  17. Kiran bedi

    Basically we all want the same thing. Honest india. Properous india. We may be choosing different vehicles with diff kinds of gears. And different models. So what. As long as we reach the final goal. Even in the fight to independence the movement had different view points. But all wanted the same goal. This is a big achievement. Signing off now for other issues demanding attention. Good night. Kiran.

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    1. Vishal Gupta

      Dear Kiran Ji,
      It’s a great honor to communicate with you through this forum.
      Please excuse me for my English.
      Madam, I would like to say something about the IAC movement across the country under the leadership of you, Arvind ji, Baba Ramdev, Madani ji and many other great personalities. The movement is against corruption but the LokPal bill seems to be the main focus. I personally don’t think any bill is going to help the country. Because our great politicians may pass the bill but I am very sure there will be amendments in the bill as soon as the honest team of the Lokpal starts acting against the corrupts and again we the people will be cheated. There were many laws made during NDA government which were either amended or removed as soon as UPA took over.
      So, it will be better if you and your team get into politics, this will be a great help to the nation. Because, no matter what you say, this bill will be passed under public pressure and will be removed as soon as the elections are over. How, can a government appointed Lokpal will be able to act against the corrupts who have the supreme power. Even, you had power when you were working with the Police department but everyone knows how helpless you were to act against those corrupt politicians. There are many many issues which can be raised, probably you are not raising your voice against those because you people don’t want to sound like a political party. But, believe me you guys are the only hope, otherwise we Indians will be left with no option and will have to keep voting between the existing parties who are corrupt to the core.
      Vishal Gupta

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      1. Zephyr Post author

        You have raised many valid points and Kiranji is the right person to respond to your comment!

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  18. pravin bhangre

    not even single politician is clean.our system is completely wrong.problem in our system is there are no rule and regulation.corruption will end without rules. q

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      The problem is in letting the guilty get away. Plug the loopholes in the legal system, bring cent percent accountability at the fear of being dismissed and prosecuted and then see. We have democracy of the ruling parties and the politicians who make them up, not of the people. Once that is taken care of, everything else will fall in place. Now everyone is having a ball looting because they know that the guilty WILL get away. If they are in danger of being caught, divert attention to something else and allow them to get away, Simple, isn’t it?

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Contrary to popular belief, the reformation of the individual will change the system. That is utopian and a centuries old process. What we need now is transparency and our right to demand and get it.

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  19. Snow Leopard

    But we have to ensure that the fire remains lit. If we are going to clean the system then let us destroy it completely and start new. I know it is a bit radical but that is what I think. It is like our computer system. When the virus infection goes into the boot sector then the best way is to destroy everything by formatting the hard disk and then starting everything fresh. So I think it is time to start formatting.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      You are perfectly right. The tempo should not slacken and the movement should not get sidetracked. If this one point programme of transparency and accountability are taken forward with the same gusto, any system has to kneel. The rally should only be the beginning and not the only means or the end. Else it will not be able to carry on.

      Your computer lingo solution is perfect. The govt amends constitution at will to suit its expediency why not to usher in this?

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  20. chits

    You post sure has bought out people’s ire against the present state of affairs in our country, seeking passionately a way out to put an end to corruption and bring about trasparency in the system ! Easier said than done…..
    I tend to agree with Parth’s arguement about corruption being a ‘psychological funda and not a political one’. And the move forward would be possible only if we as individuals, are the change.
    Giribala mentions of the statistics of 75% of people accepting to have paid bribe…..that says something.
    The rot is deep and enormous and not easy to root out. Yet it’s not impossible, if it is the will of the people !

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      As many people have commented, it is important to keep the movement going and not let it fizzle out after the initial euphoria. Only sustained efforts on all fronts can see some change happening. The psychology works in reverse too — as I have replied in the reply to Parth’s comment. Any movement within the legal parameters that is sustained over a period of time will bear fruits. That’s why it is important to support the movement.

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  21. Maitreyee

    Well written article and about time. I agree with you on the amazing silence of the media in covering positive movements like this. Its not enough to live..let’s live well..count me in any way I could make a difference to this movement. I also liked what the Tee says..second freedom movement..ay..I shall do my bit to spread the word too.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      It is not possible for an individual to fight a system. We have any number of cases where the persons who tried being shunted from pillar to post. But when the mood of the people is belligerent and self-righteous, the powers that be have to listen and mend. I have faith in collective power.

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  22. Meher Manda

    I’m going to vote their too. Its high time the corruption stopped. Its leaving Our country in the doldrums, with lesser developed countries developing at a faster rate.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      I am waiting for some more programmes from the IAC to strengthen the movement. The rally has roused the curiosity of the public and everyone is waiting for it to take off or fail. For the sake of all of us, I hope it takes off and takes off well.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Thanks Mayank. Would love to read your post on the issue. I was hoping you’d write a longer comment :)

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  23. Arti

    This is wonderfully written… Yes the news channels are behind trp’s, very rarely do they do a good job…

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  24. Vee

    Thanks for the tag Zephyr. Would certainly write on this and do my bit in spreading the word!

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      1. Zephyr Post author

        Just came back from your blog. What an enlightening post that was, giving the exact amount owed to each individual in this country by the 2G scamsters! Thanks for picking the tab up. Sensitive topics are ususally avoided by bloggers but we need to do our mite to the cause shouldn’t we?

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  25. rakesh jadly

    the revolution is started to free this country in naram way[the gandhian style] if it doesnt have effect, then the other option of garam way{bhagat singh} style will be used….

    very soon this country is going to be free from this slavery……
    just keep raising voice n contributing u r energies for this….

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Gandhian way is the most effective in bringing the system to its senses. The much maligned Bollywood too had done its bit towards this end in Lage Raho, remember :D

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  26. Mayank

    Zephyr;
    So much of positive energy. Thanks for sharing this. I voted and registered myself as volunteered too. Will definitely do my bit worth 2 cents to spread the word and write my thoughts on this too.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      That’s good Mayank. We have to ensure that the organisers of the movement don’t slacken up or else it will also fizzle out like many such movements. Looking forward to your post.

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  27. Nuttie natters

    It’s frustrating isn’t it Z – that there is no one to listen to us. Be it media or politicians. all of them rely on the fact that public memory is short and soon we will all be indifferent or forget about the 2G scam, Adarsh or whatever the flavour of the season is.

    Raja will make his money, his family will live well and the rest of us will continue to just crib about corruption.

    have voted and registated. Thanks Z…will probably take u up on the tag too.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      You are so right. It is TRP all the way. Will be doing another post on this soon!

      We need the movement to become bigger and more effective before standing up as individuals. How many of us can take on the system alone? We need some solid support in numbers. So let’s spread the word :)

      Your tag will be worth looking forward to, acerbic, tangy and spicy…. :D

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      1. Vishal Gupta

        No Z, it is no way TRP… we news readers and watchers do not want to see what is being shown on TV… Believe it or not, once they start showing our movement and the motto of the movement they will surely get TRP. Everyone will see us and would like to get involved. Every one wants a corrupt free India. News channels and our politicians have formed a nexus and they will not show it because they are afraid of the consequences. Every one is seeing the power of the people, Egypt, TUnisia and other countries.
        It is not TRP.
        It is fear.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Good going Delhizen. I will add your link too. You are right. We should not be content with just debating; action is needed and only when collective action takes place, will there be result.

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  30. RESTLESS MIND

    Zephyr, this is already a movement! Just came here… OMG see the reaction of our blogger pals. Have taken a printout of the whole thing and will be reading it all in the weekend.

    Thanks for tagging me, i feel priviledged.

    Will be writing about it soon.

    Hats off to you!

    RESTLESS

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      That’s very generous of you Restless. The response was really good. I especially loved Kiran Bedi’s replies to comments. She was replying them even before I read the comment. That’s the kind of commitment to a cause that will make it succeed.

      I like the topics you choose and your style too. Looking forward to your link.

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      1. RESTLESS MIND

        Zephyr,

        I read the post and all the comments and have tried to read some of the co-bloggers take on the issue. I can feel the enthu very well.

        But, a few ppl have said contrary to what is being thought about corruption and its causes, I happen to agree with them.

        I am not a pessimist, rather I’m a highly optimistic person but I happen to think differently on this matter, Zephyr. Am writing about it and hope u take my views in the correct perspective.

        I especially liked the comments of Parth J Dave, Desh, and Giribala.

        And dear, I know how elated you would be feeling when Kiran Bedi replied to so many comments!!! that’s an achievement of a sort.

        regards

        RESTLESS

        RESTLESS

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        1. Zephyr Post author

          Hey Restless, I would be happy to read your take on the whole thing. If you have read my replies to people who have disagreed with the tone of my post, you’d know that I am not one to take offence or cut out anyone who disagrees with my view. It makes no sense to write if you can’t accept a different point of view, right? Having an open mind is always enriching and I am one of those :)

          So please don’t worry about perspectives and all, ok? and yes, Kiran Bedi’s comments are a treasure for me :)

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  31. Anant

    A good article by Zephyr and it is encouraging to see so many positive response to that.

    Corruption is something that starts at the childhood. When we want our children to do something that we tell them to but does not, we bribe them with a chocolate or plaything or something that the child is interested in. As we grow, we choose the path of least resistance to get our work done. If by giving a few coins to some authority our task is simplified, we do not hesitate to shell out those coins. We are responsible for promoting corruption and hence it is we who should stop looking for short cuts to escape problems or for an issue to get delayed before it is resolved. Yes, anything started has to be sustained to have long term benefits. What has been started is without any selfish motive and it should work out. However, without support from the young and bold, it would be a long drawn affair and might fizzle out too. We should follow the Gita philosophy of doing our duty without an eye on the rewards for self. Rewards will come in automatically and would benefit all without exception and hence it does not become a wasted effort.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Welcome here Anant. That is a very pertinent observation. We do tend to bribe our children to get them do the things that they should be doing anyway — doing their homework, doing little chores in the house or even putting their books and toys away. The defiance of a few people will not help. The first step is to abolish touts in almost all government offices where greasing palms is a necessity. That will automatically take care of at least some part of the malaise. The other is to punish the others severely and this should be accompanied by the immunity to the ones who complain. there is a lot that can be done without making policy decisions, but the will should be there.

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  33. Mayank

    Zephyr, thanks for tagging my post. Its a privilege to be part of this group raising voice. To me thats the beginning and the only way to begin – to raise the voice against what is wrong. Its unfortunate to see some who remain cynical and defeatist in approach and believe raising voice / protest is no good. Have they forgotten how this country got its independence and for that matter how most nations got freedom. We need freedom from the enslavement of corruption and moral degradation – of self and others.

    Ps: i could find no link on India against corruption website to post any link. if you could please. meanwhile happy to spread this post on facebook and twitter. :)

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      You are welcome Mayank. But I am afraid that not being on any social network, I am not able to publicize your posts :( But each one of them is a gem and I am glad to have them all linked here.

      Just copy paste the link given in my post. From there people can navigate to any of the IAC sites. Like many of the comm enters have said, the change has to begin within ourselves. Even voting for some candidate is not the solution, since the tickets are actually ‘bought’.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      I hereby crown you ‘Queen against Corruption,’ That’s a deluge of posts on the topic. Linking them all :)

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Linked you here Restless. Read and posted the first comment on your blog. Great write up with each point very well highlighted.

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  35. tweedlethumb

    yes, the awareness part is over. Congrats ! People are pouring in, joining hands, pledging their support…all good..but the point is, what next ? Is this where our fight against corruption ends ? Or, are we to do something REAL ? Something that is less ornamental but more effective ? How about ONE positive step forward ? Are we doing enough… my fellow bloggers ?

    I don’t know. I am only curious.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      We need to continue this showbaazi till the govt takes note. The first time they deliberately blacked it out from media for fear of its success. If we allow them to get away with it, no one will come forward to take up the issue. We need drastic surgery to amputate the limb that has become cancerous. We need to clean up our public life and not allow the government puppets like the CBI to delay or deny justice.

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  36. tweedlethumb

    1.”We need drastic surgery to amputate the limb that has become cancerous” > Who do you think is going to do that ? and how ?

    2. “not allow the government puppets like the CBI to delay or deny justice.” > What did you mean by ‘not allow’ ? That’s practically impossible.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Hey, I am just an Indicribber and a Nag. If I had the solutions I wouldn’t be blogging, but running the country :D Do read the comments — they are most enlightening and Kiran Bedi’s responses to some of them too.

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    2. mayank

      The Egyptian Revolution was kicked off by a simple facebook message by Aasma Mahfouz – “I am going to Tahrir Square to protest against the state of affairs!” Who says it cant happen here? Its easy to dismiss everything as a gimmick and tamasha but these small steps only create something worthwhile. We cant pick up arms and take politicos hostage etc (appealing ?) . Internet is our only tool / weapon .

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      1. Zephyr Post author

        So what are we waiting for? The net is indeed a potent weapon in our hands isn’t it? But unlike in Egypt or other such countries, we don’t have a single person or thing to fight. It is the system we have to fight and so the means should be such.

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    1. Zephyr Post author

      Good you attended the march too. The media is in the hands of the masters who rule, so they dare not report any such thing. I will read your blogs and link them here.

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