Yesterday evening at around 7.30 pm, while we (with my family) were returning home, we briefly stood with a gathering of people shouting slogans supporting Anna Hazare’s Anti- corruption campaign and singing patriotic songs. It was raining so each of us held an umbrella to cover ourselves but we stood there. When the crowd started reciting the national anthem, I hesitated for a few seconds; but quickly with a sense of self-assurance I joined others and started reciting the national anthem. Since this assembly was close to my residence, many in the gathering were known to me.
“Truth and Non-violence are as old as mountains, rivers, nature…” Mahatma Gandhi writes in his autobiography ‘The Story of My Experiments with the truth’ and he says truth always triumphs. As lakhs of masses join Anna Hazare across India – metro cities, metro suburbs, B class cities, rural areas, villages, lanes, by lanes – one truth is clearly written on the wall …’I am Anna.You are Anna’. Every day since August 16, 2011, there are more and more marches being organized, Gandhi Caps declaring ‘I am Anna’ written on them are being distributed ‘free’ to the participants. Suddenly and quite spontaneously, the call for tabling Anna’s version of Lokpal Bill in the parliament is gaining unrealistic momentum and the turn out of his supporters on the streets is really huge! For once, the Indian government bites the dust. The Indian Youth has taken over. The educated have realized their civic responsibility. The TV channels and Media are exercising their freedom of speech loud and clear. Nation wide discussions are endless. Public awareness has risen unprecedentedly. ‘Now or Never’ says the Indian electorate. Democracy has won. India has arrived in the true sense!!
Now, the question on everyone’s mind in India is when will the Anna’s ( read Indian people’s) version of Lokpal Bill be passed in the parliament and converted into a Law?