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Media Se Panga Nahi Leneka Kya!

The Return of The Mahatma Anna Hazare

Behind Every Great Man Lies The Soul of A Poet

Anna Hazare Tune Kar Diya Kamal

Tum Rahe Na Tum Ham Rahe Na Ham

Jaayenge Kaha Sujhta Nahi
Chal Pade Magar Raasta Nahi
Kya Talaash Hai Kuchh Pata Nahi
Bun Rahe Hain Dil Khaab Dam-ba-dam
Waqt Ne Kiya

Ham Hindustani Ham Hindustani

Naye Jagat Se Ham Bhi Nata Jod Rahe Hain

Naye Daur Main Likhenge Milkar Nayi Kahani

Gandhiji Supports Anna Hazare Fight Against Corruption

Gandhiji Supports Anna Hazare Fight Against Corruption

Suno Suno Aye Duniya Walo Bapu Ki Amar Kahani

Hame Azadi Chahiye Hai.. Brashtachar Se

Main Anna Hazareji Ke Sath Hoon..

unke kadmon ko ankhon se
lagane wala nishan hoon
kal tak admi that aj main insan hoon

Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai ..Pehle Ap Pehle Pehle Ap

Ek Din Dekhna Brashtachar Jayega Naya Raj Ayega Naya Raj Ayega

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tu bhi kamayega
desh bhi kameyga
faraiab makkari
chori dakari
par tala lag jayega
naya waqt ayega
naya waqt ayega
tu desh chalyega
naya mod ayega
desh phir mahan
ho jaeyga
bharat vasi bankar
ek sat gaye ga
hindu aur
phir gale lag jayega
buri ghadi jayegi
naya waqt ayega

We Want Jan Lok Pal Bill

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dil mange more
long live
peoples will
the machination
of evil
the matrix of
scams corruption
as a singe voice
we must kill
a system diseased
very ill needs a strong pill
what they make
in swiss banks spills
our nation bankrupt
empty till
our children s future
totally nil
a task uphill

It Is We Who Live In Jails Because Of Our Netas That We Sent To Parliament

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every 5 years
we make the same mistake
we do not vote we are asleep
hardy awake than we realize
late on the soul
of democracy another heart break
scams and corruption promises
all fake money is what our
netaji has to make huge garlands
of money big fat birthday cake
the seeds of corruption grow in the PMs
garden but he is hardly aware a
country's honor integrity at stake
so one man anna hazare
his tryst with destiny our thirst slakes
the jan lokpal bill through a hunger fast
eases our ache.. give and take
the pillars of political foundation
chaddi chor ministers gaddi shake

Ha Babu Yeh Circus Hai

Haan baabu ye circus
Aur ye circus hai show teen ghante ka
Pehla ghanta bachpan hai dusra jawani hai
Teesra budhapa hai
Aur uske baad maa nahi baap nahi
Beta nahi beti nahi tu nahi main nahi
Ye nahi wo nahi kuchh bhi nahi rehta hai
Rehta hai jo kuchh wo khali khali kursiyan hain
Khali khali tambu hai khali khali ghera hai
Bina chidiya ka basera hai na tera hai na mera hai

I Had To Shoot This Moment

Mumbai Police Tujhe Salam

Anil Joseph My Dear Friend In Christ

The Nation Is Anna Hazare

Isme Dhadkti Hai Hamari Jaan Aan Aur Shan Pyara Hindustan

Islam Nahi Sikhata Auron Se Bair Karna

Mayank Gandhi Ne Public Ka Dil Jeet Liya

Mayank Gandhi Explaining The Lok Janpal Bill

Anna End Karo

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anna end karo
prime minsterji
ko message
send karo
ke brashtachar
ko jail
send karo
netaon ka
kala dhanda
bandh karo
desh ko bachao
janata ko jagao
anna hazare ki
jai ho

To Anna Hazare From Germany With Love

The World Joins India Against Corruption

India Against Corruption Anna Hazare

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Anna Hazare is one of India's well-acclaimed social activists. A former soldier in the Indian army, Anna is well known and respected for upgrading the ecology and economy of the village of Ralegan Siddhi which is located in the drought prone Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state. The erstwhile barren village has metamorphosed into a unique model of rural development due to its effective water conservation methods, which made the villagers self-sufficient. Earlier, the same village witnessed alcoholism, utter poverty and migration to urban slums. Inspired by Hazare’s unique approach of salvaging a hopeless village, the state government has implemented the `Model Village’ scheme as part of its official strategy. Hazare is now synonymous with rural development in India.

Who Is Anna Hazare ?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare (Marathi: किसन बापट बाबुराव हजारे) (born 15 January 1940), popularly known as Anna Hazare (Marathi: अण्णा हजारे), is an Indian social activist who is especially recognized for his contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India and his efforts for establishing it as a model village, for which he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1992.

On 5 April 2011, Hazare started a 'fast unto death' to exert pressure on the Government of India to enact a strong anti-corruption act as envisaged in the Jan Lokpal Bill, a law that will establish a Lokpal (ombudsman) that will have the power to deal with corruption in public offices. The fast led to nation wide protests in support of Hazare. The fast ended on 9 April 2011. All of his demands of the movement are agreed by the Government of India and Government issued a gazette notification on formation of a joint committee headed by senior minister Pranab Mukherjee to draft an effective Lokpal Bill.[

Anna Hazare was born on 15 January 1940 in a small village, Bhingar, near Ahmednagar city in India. Anna's father Baburao Hazare worked as an unskilled labourer in Ayurveda Ashram Pharmacy. Anna's grandfather was in the army and was posted at Bhingar when Anna was born. He died in 1945 but Anna's father continued to stay at Bhingar. In 1952 Anna's father resigned from his job and returned to his own village, Ralegan Siddhi. At that time Anna had completed his education upto 4th standard and had six younger siblings. It was with great difficulty that Anna's father could make two ends meet. Anna's aunt (father's sister) took Anna to Mumbai. She was childless and she offered to look after him and his education.

Anna studied upto the 7th standard in Mumbai. He took up a job after the 7th standard in consideration of the economic situation back home. Anna's father at Ralegan had to work as a daily wage labourer and found it difficult to sustain his family. He was slipping deeper and deeper into debt. He had to sell off one part of his land and mortgage the other. Anna started selling flowers at Dadar in order to make his living. But Anna's working at somebody's shop for Indian Rupee symbol.svg 40 a month was not enough. After gaining some experience, he started his own shop and even brought two of his brothers to Mumbai. Gradually Anna's income went up to Indian Rupee symbol.svg 700 to Indian Rupee symbol.svg 800 per month.

In a couple of years Anna fell into bad company and started wasting his time and money on vices. He also started getting involved in brawls and fights, especially when he found some simple person being harassed by goondas. He became irregular in sending money to his family. The word went around in Ralegan that he had become a bad character himself. In one such fight, Anna bashed up a person rather badly. Fearing arrest, he avoided coming to his regular work and residence for some time. During this period (in April 1960) he appeared in Army recruitment interviews and was selected to join the Indian Army.[3][4]
In the Indian Army

Anna Hazare started his career as a driver in the Indian Army. He spent his spare time reading the books of Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave that inspired him to become a social worker and activist.[4] During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, he was the only survivor in a border exchange of fire, while driving a truck.[5] During the mid-1970s he was again involved in a road accident while driving.[6]
In Ralegan Siddhi

The dream of India as a strong nation will not be realised without self-reliant,
self-sufficient villages, this can be achieved only through social commitment
& involvement of the common man." - Anna Hazare

After voluntary retirement from the army, Hazare came to Ralegan Siddhi village in 1975. Initially, he organized the youth of the village into an organization named the Tarun Mandal (Youth Association). He also helped to form the Pani Puravatha Mandals (Water Supply Associations) to ensure proper distribution of water.[7]
Uprooting alcoholism

As the next step towards social and economic change, Anna Hazare and the youth group decided to take up the issue of Alcoholism. It was very clear that there could be no progress and happiness in the village unless the curse of alcoholism was completely removed from their lives. At a meeting conducted in the temple, the villagers resolved to close down the liquor dens and ban the drinking of alcohol in the village. Since these resolutions were made in the temple, they became in a sense religious commitments. Over thirty liquor brewing units were closed by their owners voluntarily. Those who did not succumb to social pressure were forced to close down their businesses, when the youth group smashed up their liquor dens. The owners could not complain as their business was illegal.[8]

Though the closure of liquor brewing reduced alcoholism in Ralegan Siddhi, some villagers continued to drink. They obtained their liquor from neighboring villages. The villagers decided that those men would be given three warnings, after which they would be physically punished. Twelve men who were found in a drunken state even after initial warnings were tied to a pole with help from the youth group and flogged. Anna Hazare says, “Doesn’t a mother administer bitter medicines to a sick child when she knows that the medicine can cure her child? The child may not like the medicine, but the mother does it only because she cares for the child. The alcoholics were punished so that their families would not be destroyed.”[citation needed]

Anna Hazare appealed to the government of Maharashtra to bring in a law whereby prohibition would come into force in a village if 25% of the women in the village demanded it. In July 2009, the state government issued a government resolution amending the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949. As per the amendments, if at least 25% of women voters demand liquor prohibition through a written application to the state excise department, voting should be conducted through a secret ballot. If 50% of the voters vote against the sale of liquor prohibition should be imposed in the village and the sale of liquor should be stopped. Similar action can be taken at the ward level in municipal areas. Thereafter, another circular was issued, making it mandatory to get the sanction of gram the sabha for issuing new permits for sale of liquor. In some instances, when women agitated against the sale of liquor, cases were filed against them. Anna took up the issue again and in August 2009 the government issued another circular that sought withdrawal of cases against women who sought prohibition of liquor in their villages.[9]

Along with the removal of alcohol from the village, it was decided to ban the sale of tobacco, cigarettes and beedies. In order to implement this resolution, the youth group performed a unique "Holi" twenty two years ago. The festival of Holi is celebrated as symbolic burning of evil. The youth group brought all the tobacco, cigarettes and beedies from the shops in the village and burnt them in ‘Holi’ fire. From that day, no tobacco, cigarettes, or beedies are sold in any shop at Ralegan Siddhi. Today there is not a single shop in Ralegaon Siddhi selling cigarettes or bidis. [10][11][12]
The Watershed Development programme

Anna Hazare realized that the only way to increase agricultural production in a sustainable manner was to build a better irrigation system. Taking into account the geographical location of Ralegan , located in the foothills, Anna Hazare persuaded villagers to construct a watershed embankment to stop water and allow it to percolate and increase the ground water level. He motivated the residents of the village into shramdan (voluntary labour) to build canals, small-scale check-dams and percolation tanks in the nearby hills for watershed development; efforts that solved the problem of scarcity of water in the village that also made irrigation possible.[4][6] The first embankment that was built using volunteer efforts developed a leak and had to be reconstructed this time with government funding.

Hazare also took steps to stop the second big problem, soil erosion. In order to conserve soil and water by checking the run off, contour trenches and gully plugs were constructed along the hill slopes. Grass, shrubs and about 3 lakh ( 300,000) trees were planted along the hillside and the village. This process was supplemented by afforestation, nullah bunds, underground check dams and cemented bandhras at strategic locations. The Watershed Development programme became a huge success and helped increase the fortunes of many farmers as they now had a reliable source of water. Ralegan has also experimented with drip and bi-valve irrigation in a big way. Papaya, lemon and chillies have been planted on a plot of 80 acres (320,000 m2) entirely irrigated by the drip irrigation system. Cultivation of water-intensive crops like sugar cane was banned. Crops such as pulses, oilseeds and certain cash crops with low water requirements were grown. The farmers started growing high yield varieties of crop and the cropping pattern of the village also changed. He has helped farmers of more than 70 villages in drought-prone regions in the state of Maharashtra since 1975.[13]

The Government of India plans to start a training centre here to understand and implement Hazare's watershed development model in other villages in the country.[14]
Milk production

As a secondary occupation, milk production was promoted in Ralegan Siddhi. Purchase of new cattle and improvement of the existing breed with the help of artificial insemination and timely guidance and assistance by the veterinary doctor has resulted in an improvement in the cattle stock. The milk production has also increased. Crossbred cows are replacing the local ones which give a low milk yield. The number of milk cattle has also been growing, which resulted in growth from one hundred liters (before 1975) to Around 2500 litres per day which is sent to a co-operative dairy (Malganga Dairy) in Ahmednagar. Some milk is also given to Balwadi (kindergarten) children & neighboring village under the child nutrition program sponsored by the Zilla Parishad.[15]

From the surplus generated, the milk society bought a mini-truck and a thresher. Besides transporting milk to Ahmednagar, the mini-truck is also used for taking vegetables and other produce directly to the market, thus eliminating intermediate agents. The thresher is rented out to the farmers during the harvesting season.[citation needed]

In 1932 Ralegan Siddhi got its first formal school, a single class room primary school. In 1962, the villagers added more classrooms through community volunteer efforts. By 1971 out of an estimated population of 1209, only 30.43% were literate (72 women and 290 men). Boys moved to the nearby towns of Shirur and Parner to pursue higher education, but due to socioeconomic conditions, girls could not do the same and were limited to primary education. Anna Hazare along with the youth of Ralegan siddhi worked to increase literacy rates and education levels. In 1976 they started a pre school for the primary school and a high school in 1979. The villagers started taking active interest in the village school and formed the Sant Yadav Baba Shikshan Prasarak Mandal (Charitable trust), which was registered in 1979.[16] The trust decided to take over the function of the village school which was in a bad state due to government neglect and also lack of interest on behalf of teachers who were moonlighting.

The trust obtained a government grant of 4 lakhs (400,000 rupees) for the school building using the National rural education program (NREP). A new school building was built in the next 2 months with volunteer efforts and the money obtained via the grant. A new hostel was also constructed to house 200 students from poorer sections of society. After the opening of the school in the village, a girl from Ralegan Siddhi became the first female in the village to complete her SSC in 1982.[10] Since then the school has been instrumental in bringing in many of changes to the village. This school has a hostel for 150 boarders. Traditional farming practices are tought in this school in addition to the government curriculum.[6]
Removal of untouchability

The social barriers that existed due to the caste system have been broken down by Ralegan Siddhi villagers and people of all castes come together to celebrate social events. The people of Ralegan have largely succeeded in eradicating social discrimination on the basis of caste. The dalits have been integrated into the social and economic life of the village. The villagers have built houses for the Harijans and Dalits, and helped to repay their loans to free them from their indebtedness.[16]
Collective marriages

Most rural poor get into a debt-trap as they have to incur heavy expenses at the time of marriage of their son or daughter. It is an undesirable practice but has almost become a social obligation in India. Ralegan's people have started celebrating marriages collectively. The feast is held together where the expenses are further reduced by the Tarun Mandal taking the responsibility for cooking and serving the food. The vessels, the Loudspeaker system, the mandap and the decorations have also been bought by the Tarun Mandal members belonging to the oppressed castes. From 1976 to 1986, 424 marriages have been held under this system.[16]
Gram Sabha

The Gram sabha is an important forum for collective decision making in the villages in India. If villagers are involved in the planning and decision making process, they are more open to any changes taking place in the village. Anna campaigned between 1998 and 2006 for amending the Gram Sabha Act, so that the people (meaning the the villagers) have a say in the development works in their village. While the state government refused to bend to his demand, it had to give in due to public pressure. As per the amendments, seeking sanction of the gram sabha (collective of villagers, and not just the few elected representatives in the gram panchayat) for expenditure on development works in the village, is mandatory. In case of expenditure without the sanction of the gram sabha, 20% of gram sabha members can lodge a complaint to the chief executive officer of the zilla parishad with their signatures. The chief executive officer is required to visit the village and conduct an inquiry within 30 days and submit the report to the divisional commissioner, who has powers to remove the sarpanch or deputy sarpanch and dismiss the gram sevak involved. Anna was not satisfied, as the amended Act did not include "the right to recall a sarpanch". He insisted that this should be included and the state government relented.[9]

In Ralegan Siddhi, the Gram Sabha meetings are held periodically to discuss issues relating to the welfare of the village. Projects like Watershed development activities are undertaken only after they are discussed in the Gram Sabha. All decisions like Nasbandi, Nasabandi(bans on alcohol), Kurhadbandi (bans on tree felling), Charai bandi(bans on grazing), and Shramdan were taken in the Gram Sabha. Decisions are taken in a simple majority consensus. In case of a difference of opinion the majority consensus becomes acceptable. The decision of the Gram Sabha is accepted as final.

In addition to panchayat, there are several registered societies that take care of various projects and activities of the village. Each society presents its annual report and statement of accounts in the Gram Sabha every year. The Sant Yadavbaba Shikshan Prasarak Mandali monitors the educational activities. The Vivid karyakari society gives assistance and provides guidance to farmers regarding fertilizers, seeds, organic farming, financial assistance, etc. Sri Sant Yadavbaba Doodh Utpadhak Sahakari sansta gives guidance regarding the dairy business. Seven Co-operative irrigation society provides water to the farmers from cooperative wells. Mahila Sarvage Utkarsh Mandal attends the welfare needs of the women.
Anti-corruption protests in Maharashtra

In 1991, Hazare launched the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Aandolan (BVJA) (People's Movement against Corruption), a popular movement to fight against corruption[17] in Ralegan Siddhi. In the same year he protested against the collusion between 40 forest officials and the timber merchants, which resulted in transfer and suspension of these officials.[18]

In May 1997, Hazare protested against the alleged malpractices in the purchase of powerlooms by the Vasantrao Naik Bhathya Vimukt Jamati Vikas Manch and the Mahatma Phule Magasvargiya Vikas Mandal. These institutions were directly under the charge of then Maharashtra Social Welfare minister Babanrao Gholap of the Shiv Sena, since their managing committees were dissolved after the Shiv Sena-BJP government came to power in the state in 1995. Hazare also raised the issue of alleged massive land purchase by Gholap's wife Shashikala in Nashik between April to September 1996. He forwarded the available documentary evidences in support of his allegations to then Maharashtra Governor P. C. Alexander.[19] On 4 November 1997, Gholap filed a defamation suit against Hazare for accusing him of corruption. He was initially arrested in April 1998 and was released on a personal bond of Rs 5,000.[20] On 9 September 1998, Anna Hazare was imprisoned in the Yerawada Jail after being sentenced to simple imprisonment for three months by the Mumbai Metropolitan Court.[5][21] The sentencing came as a huge shock at that time to all social activists. Leaders of all political parties except the BJP and the Shiv Sena came in support of him [22][23] Later due to public protests, the Government of Maharashtra ordered his release from the jail.[24]

In 2003, the corruption charges were raised by Hazare against 4 ministers of the Congress-NCP government belonging to the NCP.[25] He started his 'fast unto death' on 9 August 2003. He ended his fast on 17 August 2003 after then chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde formed a one man commission, headed by the retired justice P. B. Sawant to probe his charges.[26] The P. B. Sawant commission report, submitted on 23 February 2005, indicted Suresh Jain, Nawab Malik and Padmasinh Patil. The report exonerated Vijaykumar Gavit.[27][28] Suresh Jain and Nawab Malik resigned from the cabinet in March 2005.[29]
Right to Information movement

In the early 2000s, Anna Hazare led a movement in Maharashtra state, which forced the Government of Maharashtra to repeal the earlier weak act and pass a stronger Maharashtra Right to Information Act. Law professor Alasdair Scott Roberts mentions,
“ The state of Maharashtra - home to one of the world's largest cities, Mumbai, adopted a Right to Information Act in 2003, prodded by the hunger strike of prominent activist, Anna Hazare. ("All corruption can end only if there is freedom of information," said Hazare, who resumed his strike in February 2004 to push for better enforcement of the Act).[30] ”

This Act was later considered as the base document for the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI), enacted by the Union Government. It also ensured that the President of India assented to this new Act.[31]

On 5 April 2011, Anna Hazare initiated a movement for passing a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal (ombudsman) bill in the Indian Parliament. As a part of this movement, N. Santosh Hegde, a former justice of the Supreme Court of India and Lokayukta of Karnataka, Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court along with the members of the India Against Corruption movement drafted an alternate bill, named as the Jan Lokpal Bill (People's Ombudsman Bill) with more stringent provisions and wider power to the Lokpal (Ombudsman).[32] Hazare began a fast unto 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 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 [33] Before commencing his 'fast unto death' he stated, "I will fast until Jan Lokpal Bill is passed".[34]

The movement attracted attention very quickly through various media. It has been reported that thousands of people joined to support Hazare's effort. Almost 150 people reportedly joined Hazare in his fast.[35] He said that he would not allow any politician to sit with him in this movement. Politicians like Uma Bharti and Om Prakash Chautala were shooed away by protesters when they came to visit the site where the protest was taking place.[36] A number of social activists including Medha Patkar, Arvind Kejriwal and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, Jayaprakash Narayan of the Lok Satta have lent their support to Hazare's hunger strike and anti-corruption campaign. This movement has also been joined by many people providing their support in Internet social media such as twitter and facebook. In addition to spiritual leaders Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Ramdev, Swami Agnivesh and former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev,[37] many celebrities showed their public support through micro-blogging site Twitter.[38] As a result of this movement, on 6 April 2011 Sharad Pawar resigned from the group of ministers formed for reviewing the draft Lokpal bill 2010.[39]
Wikinews has related news: Indian activist begins "fast-unto-death" hunger strike to end corruption

The movement gathered significant support from India's youth visible through the local support and on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.[40] There have also been protests in Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Shillong, Aizawl among other cities of India.[41]

On 8 April 2011, the Government of India accepted all demands of the movement. On 9 April 2011 it issued a notification in the Gazette of India on formation of a joint committee. It accepted the formula that there be a politician chairman and an activist, non-politician Co-Chairman. According to the notification, Pranab Mukherjee will be the Chairman of the draft committee while Shanti Bhushan will be the co-chairman. “The Joint Drafting Committee shall consist of five nominee ministers of the Government of India and five nominees of the civil society. The five nominee Ministers of the Government of India are Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of Finance, P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Home Affairs, M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource and Development and Minister of Communication and Information Technology and Salman Khursheed, Union Minister of Water Resources and Minister of Minority Affairs. The five nominees of the civil society are Anna Hazare, N. Santosh Hegde, Shanti Bhushan Senior Advocate, Prashant Bhushan, Advocate and Arvind Kejriwal.[42][43]

On the morning of 9 April 2011 Anna Hazare ended his 97-hour hunger strike by first offering water to some of his supporters who had gone on a hunger strike in his support. The social activist then broke his fast by consuming some water. He addressed the people and set a deadline of 15 August 2011 to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Indian Parliament.
“ Real fight begins now. We have a lot of struggle ahead of us in drafting the new legislation, We have shown the world in just five days that we are united for the cause of the nation. The youth power in this movement is a sign of hope.[44] ”

Anna Hazare also said that if the bill was not passed, then he will call a mass nation-wide agitation.[45][44] He called his movement as "second struggle for independence" and he will continue the fight.[46]

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Update on April 8 2011
Great news -- the government has agreed to draft the Jan Lokpal bill with full participation of civil society, and Anna Hazare has agreed to suspend his fast! It's a huge victory -- but the key now is to keep building the pressure to ensure that a strong bill is drafted and then passed into law. Sign the petition now and spread the word!

Campaign launched on April 7 2011
Right now, Anna Hazare, a 73-year-old Gandhian, sits fasting in the burning sun, and he will stay until death -- unless the government agrees to consider a powerful law that could rid Indian politics of the scourge of corruption.

This “Modern Mahatma” is taking the utmost act of courage and determination to push through a bill that would give an independent body the power to punish corruption -- even in the Prime Minister’s office. Across the country a movement has exploded, driving a media storm of pressure that’s engulfing Singh. But dirty politicians are desperately trying to water down or kill the law.

For the first time in forty three years, we have the chance to change the way politics is done. Let's join together and stand with Anna Hazare to tackle corruption and clean up Indian politics. We have no time to lose -- sign the petition to be delivered directly to Prime Minister Singh and reported to the media, and spread the word to everyone:

Click here to sign the petition!

Hazare is championing a citizen-developed bill called “Jan” Lokpal that will create an independent body, selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities, with enough power to investigate and punish all politicians. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence its investigations.

Since 1968, when this bill was first introduced, greedy politicians have thwarted its passing. Now the government is pushing for a watered down Lokpal with no hope of ending fraud, vice and dishonesty -- it gives politicians overriding power to decide who will be investigated, and is a complete sellout.

Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Singh to endorse the "Jan" Lokpal. Members of the opposition party have begun to make the right noises in support of Anna Hazare. And even the National Advisory Council, a powerful advisory body to Sonia Gandhi have come out in favour of the bill. But corrupt politicians and vested interests are doing all they can to kill it.

Anna Hazare has set the example. But only a national citizens movement can ramp up the pressure to get Singh to endorse “Jan” Lokpal and save Hazare's life.

Click here to sign the petition!

Corruption in politics has become a plague across our country, it is draining our resources and demoralizing our nation. This bill would go a long way to deterring those that steal and undermine the public good. Last year, the Avaaz community in Brazil won an important victory -- against the odds millions of people came together and pushed through a historic anti-corruption law. India has a proud history of people power overcoming oppression -- today if we all stand with one voice we can fight this corruption that is poisoning our political system.
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Anna End Karo

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jaldi band karo
desh ko bachao
jail bharo
anna hazare ki
jai ho
kal se
aj daro
jan lokpal bill
en naya
zamana ayega
tum chahe
kuch bhi karo
anna hazare
hazir ho
unka rasta
mat roko
asha ki
ko ane do
phansi do
janta ki jao ho
janta ki jai ho
neend se
jago neend
se jago

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Some faces some people have a mystical pull, being a Sufi poet whose soul is embedded in the sepulchral silence of his camera shooting Sapna Bhavnani was a moment in timelessness , a part of the canvas of my mind, I could not move away as she animatedly gave an interview to the media person..

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Mr Vinod Nayar And Me At Azad Maidan Victory Celebrations

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I was meeting Mr Vinod Nayar after almost 30 years I used to make his clothes at Burlingtons , Taj Mahal where I worked in my heydays , and the days at Sheraton Tearsures in Oberoi..days of Mr Dieter Jansen Joan Paes and Rita Palitana.

Mr Vinod Nayar remembered me after so many years and he was here to support Anna Hazares mission and the Jan Lokpal Bill..

Main Anna Hazare Likha Hai Garv Se Dil Pe Hamare

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main anna hazare
likha hai garv se
diil pe hamare
jo kanch ke ghar
main rahte hain
woh dusron ke ghar
par dhele na mare
anna hazare
adbhut sitare
desh ke pyare
ham sab ke sahare
jagaye unhone
phute bhag hamare
logone lagaye jan
lokpal bill ke nare
jantar mantar
choo mantar
hogaye sare
brhast neta
chindi chor
sare ke sare
janta ki jeet
anna ki jeet
phute sare
par intne
ek bill in
brasht netaon
ke sar par
dande mare
dhande kale
bandh ho
jaye sare
anna hazare
anna hazare

With sheer humility I start a new series I shot of Anna Hazare Saabs Victory celebrations at Azad Maidan today , there was a huge crowd and the emotions of each and everyone was one of victory and pride..allegedly the most corrupt government in the history of our nation since Independence had to give in to the demands of Anna Hazare and the people of India..and the Jan Lokpal Billl.

I am an apolitical person but I shot this moment for posterity there was a speech by Mr Mayank Gandhi in the evolving of the various moves of the government against this bill and than a musical rendition by various Indian groups put together by Sapna Bhavnani and finally Kailash Kher came on stage to the delight of the people , he had them eating out of his hands belting new songs new tunes for the Gen Next.

From here the people who had fasted along with Anna Hazare Saab about 100 in number marched with candles to Gateway Of India , this was a momentous experience Vande Matram Bharta Mata Ki Jai...Anna Hazare Zindabad Brasht Neta Murdabad was the raucous slogans in unison nare bazi.. I was in bad shape as I have a diabetic leg injury I shot a lot of images and have just returned home to Bandra.