Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Will you be there? Can we count on you?- - Arvind Kejriwal

My dear friend,

It is more than evident that our Government is unwilling to enact a strong law against corruption. Because if they did so, many of them would face imprisonment. There is a serious conflict of interest. None of the large scams like the Adarsh Housing scam, the Commonwealth Games scam, the Reddy brothers scam, Fodder scam, Health mission scam of UP, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha scam, Cash for vote scam are covered by government’s Lokpal. What use is such a Lokpal Bill? It is weak and ineffective. It has a very narrow jurisdiction. None of the corruption faced by a common man is covered under it either. Please refer to my recent article http://news.indiaagainstcorruption.org/?p129 on this issue for more specifics on why we think the government draft is not serious about tackling corruption.

Anna’s fast from 16th August is our last hope. We can’t afford to fail this time. For if we fail, we may never get another chance. Its now or never.

A number of people across the country are planning various protest activities. You can organize your own or or you can participate in any manner possible.

1st August to 9th August: Many people across the country are forming small teams and undertaking short and long padyatras. They would talk to people on their way, hold meetings, distribute pamphlets (download pamphlet from http://www.indiaagainstcorruption.org/downloads.html) and show Jan Lokpal film. Would you like to plan a Yatra with your friends?

From 9th August: Mass burning/tearing of government’s Bill as a mark of non-violent protest. Anna will start it most likely from Delhi or Mumbai..

From 9th August to 15th August: People in villages, towns and mohallas will form teams and go for prabhat pheri in mornings singing patriotic songs and educating people about corruption and Jan Lokpal Bill. In the evening, there would be candle light and mashal marches.

15th August: Switch off lights from 8 pm to 9 pm on independence day as a mark of support for the anti-corruption movement.

Fast starts from 16th August: Government says they would crush Anna’s fast the way they crushed Baba Ramdev’s movement. We are ready for that. We will offer ourselves for arrest if the government decides to arrest us. We are ready to face their batons and bullets. But we will not move from there. We will not retaliate. It will be a completely non-violent movement.

But if the people take a week off from their work from 16th August and take to the streets- in front of their house, on the crossings, in parks, everywhere – with a tricolor in their hands, raise slogans against corruption – Government can crush one Anna, but it won’t be able to crush 120 crore Annas. Government could impose section 144 on one Jantar mantar. But will it impose curfew on the whole country?

If the whole country takes to streets for a week from 16th August, WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, can force the government to enact a strong Jan Lokpal Bill.

Will you be there? Can we count on your support and active participation?

Jai Hind!

Arvind Kejriwal

(Please spread this message to as many people as you can)
Website : www.indiaagainstcorruption.org

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