Anna Hazare’s message to the Nation

My Dear friends, A decisive battle against corruption has begun. We are not against any political party. We want systemic reforms. We want a corruption-free country. After all, what are the people asking for – a strong anti-corruption law which provides for honest and time-bound investigations and trials that result in jail for the guilty, confiscation of embezzled money and their dismissal from service? Are we asking too much? For two months, we were talking to the government.

Government seems unwilling to take even small steps against corruption. Government appears insincere. We have met all prominent political leaders. We have tried everything. What do we do now? When I announced my indefinite fast from 16th August, the government threatened that they would crush us the way they crushed Baba Ramdev’s peaceful agitation.

Friends, this is a historic opportunity. We can’t afford to lose it. We are determined to fight to the end. If they arrest us, we will peacefully offer ourselves. If they use batons and bullets, we will happily lay down our lives but will not leave the place. We will not retaliate. It will be a completely non-violent movement. “If you fast on 16th August, you will be crushed” – this is what they are saying. “We will impose section 144 on Jantar Mantar” – this is what they are thinking. But I say that if every citizen in this country takes off from his work from 16th August, comes on the streets in front of his house, at the crossing, with a tricolor in his hands shouting “Mata ki Jai” and raising slogans against corruption, they will fall short of batons and bullets. The government may arrest one Anna Hazare but how will they arrest 120 crore Anna Hazares? They may impose section 144 at one Jantar Mantar but will they impose section 144 on the whole country? And let me tell you – the police and army is with us. At traffic signals, policemen stop us, express their support and wish us well; at Raj Ghat, the policemen donated generously for the movement! So, will you take off from your work from 16 August? Will you descend on the streets with me? This year, the country will wait for 16th rather than 15th August. In solidarity.

Thanks

Anna Hazare

Courtesy: → Desiyatra, August 11, 2011

3 thoughts on “Anna Hazare’s message to the Nation”

  1. What so ever it does,whom so eva yu ask for help,still it does not satisfy me that it’ll b uncorrupted INDIA,the reason for this may be is am totally amused :O,it may happen as what courts were doing in 10 years they may do in 2 months bt the result can b the same,yu can not trust leaders after all,although what so eva it’ll b it wont go that worst than whats going on,nd SIR ANNA HAJARE hats off to yu sir,if INDIA actually worked without corruption it shud b yu who shud b residing on every SATYAMEVA JAYATE,A single OLD PERSON did what takes millions of heart,YU ARE ORIGINAL ND REAL SUPER HERO:))

  2. sir ask to kapil sibal from where they get money during campaigning of election,
    and ask why they kill pour farmer in pune,they playing politics with the innocent people of India.Bharat mata ki jai…………………………..

  3. Yes, we will take off from your work from 16 August? We will descend on the streets with you.
    Jai Hind.

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