LIVE BLOG: Anna Hazare vs Indian govt

By Reuters Staff
August 16, 2011


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Everything needs to happen in a provable, seemable, attainable, logical sequence… evil cannot just get vanquished by a sword that rises in the thin air. Ram needs to be born, needs to grow up, get exiled, and then reach Lanka to kill Ravana because he kidnapped his wife.

An evil like corruption too cannot simply be wished away by a few days of fasting… there has to be a complete sequence before we reach a climax where the actual beheading takes place!

Anna arrested is almost like Lanka in peril…

Posted by arvindpassey | Report as abusive

Pathetic to see this Spineless politicians arresting a person who is fighting for a noble cause…. Are we Indians so spineless to watch this unfolding……..Our politicians are pretty sure that we will not come to the streets to fight and hence people like PC are saying Anna ” do’nt talk with 0.05% support”!!! No revolution in India will come through unless we, the voting fools, come out fight for our rights. Iam sitting in one of the venues of IAC for the fasting….. hope all of you will join this cause

Posted by Anticorrupt | Report as abusive

Today is the darkest day in Indian Democracy.

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

Now it will be worst than emergency. We are prepared. Bande mataram

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

Sabhi party ek coin ka do hissa hain. Either head or tail. We dont have any faith on our goverment now

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

Now it is time to awake. Join hands . Intense anti government movement.

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

We will banish this government by all means

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

sorry sir. But we are human. Our patience have some limit

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

Violent revolution is coming. We will show ministers that common people are more powerful than Indian Army

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

Is this beginning of REVOLUTION ?

Posted by RajeevSingh | Report as abusive

Voices of ppl lke Anna can’t be muffled by detaining them… He stands today as d voice of 120 cr Indians.

Posted by Mojasi | Report as abusive

What is happening is really really sad. We need a complete overhaul of our political system and our politicians. I’m sure that there are respectable politicians also but completely fail to understand how they can even tolerate the corrupt criminals who also claim to be politicians and sit beside them.
Sending Anna to jail …what rubbish… the sad part is that we will again elect these corrupt criminal idiots…and they will again form the govt.
I’m a very very proud Indian but this govt. makes me feel ashamed to have to live in this great country.
Who is this government really protecting?? PM is an honest guy….so who?

Posted by IndianPatriot | Report as abusive

rise and rise till the lamb become lion

Posted by sudcool | Report as abusive

from strength to strength !!!

Posted by arora99 | Report as abusive

rise and rise till the lamb become lion

Posted by sudcool | Report as abusive

Indian in now god hand

Posted by sudcool | Report as abusive

Focus on the issue and not the person. It is a real threat to our democratic traditions and a progressive nation.

Corruption is not going to go away but effective legislation and implementation will be a good deterrent. and therefore any such initiative must be supported whole heartedly.

Thankfully we have woken up to it and people are determined to see concrete outcome, not another lameduck legislation.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

by the way where are the young emerging leader(s). they found so much echo in the land acquisition in noida and are totally silent on another issue confronting the nation.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

PM need some one who has clean throat

Posted by sudcool | Report as abusive

Mr PM please listen our voice You are the face of democracy not autocracy ..

Posted by sudcool | Report as abusive

This Gov don;t have rights to rule the country……Please get out of India…….

Posted by Raje | Report as abusive

This PM is like a puppet and key holder is sonia gandhi.
He is a shamefull person .He looses all respect.Please vote for his resignation.

We don’t want sach kind of Puppet PM.

Try to support this great great Gandhi(Anna Hazare) to the extent so that our country will be free from this burning issue ‘corruption’

Vande Mataram……….Jai Hind…Anna Hazare Zindabad.

Posted by Bipin1234 | Report as abusive

Where is the crown prince ? Measuring the size of land in Noida Extension …… little time for conscience or moral thinking I guess if you have billions to take care of stacked in safe havens. poor show by the people in-charge. get up or should I say wake up and see the issue and not who is saying what.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

Keep the pressure going Mr Hazare and team. The nation admires you and your tenacity. Small men will come up with small responses to your big goal, let not those deter your ideals.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

Germany rise because they sign treaty of Versailles and they have weak opposition here the condition are same they don’t sign jan lokpal . I think Indian army came forward took over the control and establish democracy what we need

Posted by sudcool | Report as abusive

The leader of the country must be a strong person who can take up bold decisions without fear of being questioned.

If we are leaving any tom dick and harry to file a case and using valuable energy of the country’s top leader- we are heading to weaken the leadership

Posted by madhukarusa | Report as abusive

INDIAN British Congress

Posted by GUEST7 | Report as abusive

In Parliament, I see that, still, the “Leaders” are fighting with each-other, to put down each other and argueing what others should do. They do not have real Political, moral and ethical WILL to resolve current crises.
They do this all-the-time in parliament and do not care what they should do.

Posted by Narendra22 | Report as abusive

All the Supporters of veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare MUST KEEP atleast Indian national flags visible on their hands during a protest march against corruption wherever they are in INDIA.
All Indian MUST keep Indian national tri colour flag visible with their homes, offices, business premises, shops, building gates where ever its possible.

Posted by corruption11 | Report as abusive

Narendra22. totelly agree with you..

Posted by tsukru | Report as abusive

There is no doubt that Anna Hazare started his movement against corruption with noble intentions. But, over the past few months, it seems like he has become egoistic. He wants a big venue to carry on his fasting, pretending as if he can’t fast elsewhere. He just wants to ensure that more people get involved in this drama, but, leaving out those who have been fighting against corruption for decades, and also the ones who have their own version of the LOKPAL. He calls this-”The fight for independence”. Independence from what?corruption or this UPA government.Everyone is acting as if corruption started only under the UPA, and by thwarting them, corruption will end. Well, any guesses who will rule when UPA falls?. They are equally corrupt, yes , I mean the BJP. So, before taking the streets, just use your grey matter and think on what’s happening. It’s no longer a fight against corruption, it’s fight between BJP and UPA, where ANNA is portraying a Gandhian image and luring everyone into this drama. And if he succeeds, Democracy, the backbone of out country, will fall.

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Posted by abhijit.nair | Report as abusive

i am a supporter of Anna hazare…..and I believe that after coming this Jan Lokpal Bill there will be change in society…..Nice article….
I have found one more article over net which describe the level of corruption in india and in world  /facts-about-corruption/

Posted by FRSTDESTINATION | Report as abusive

anna wants attention n want to be a national hero i think. al this naatak suddenly. u all r supporting n so strongly reacting why did u all not do anythng till now. just because 1 fellow made a rukus u all wana take part in it n enjoy.

Posted by viniroker | Report as abusive

Anna we are with you.
this Goverment has increased Petrol and gas price 12 times and dont think about reducing it when the price is already declining for more than one week . but increased price within one week.
More over when protest for Corruption was begin to rise they increased price in order to divert common man so we cant speak.But this really not affected a lot to Anna Movement.

Goverment have a single explanation IT WILL HAMPER OUR ECONOMY GROWTH.In my view i believe they just want to loot common man’s money just to divert as much they can in their times.

Of course New programs are created for People but after Politicians taking their share.And the person who won the contract or have the responsibility to perform the task try to recover why not.

all these kickbacks can be found or realised by common people.But who cares.Politicans always enjoy previlages
they dont have to buy anything like house ,vegetables,petrol,telephone,etc which comes as a gift from people since they represent us.So these people will never understand our need as they belongs to other class.

Our Parliament dont even have a qualification to become a NETA.Just one precious eligibilty required either u r wealthy,or belongs to political class or associated with them or else become a Chamca.

for this reson corruption is not going to evaporate.But Those people who say we encourage corruption by bribing a traffic police,police,and justice official, i just want to say that We dont have time to waste for such a dirty mesh.Because i cant spend running a month for chhalan issued by a trffic police man . so why not pay him Rs 50 instead of paying 100 to the court.

My point here is every knows about corruption .But we are helpless. so Anybody cant blame Common man.We just want to survive.

So our System should be changed or modified like their should be provision for paying fine digitally or cash at the point of dispute.

For Public offices , the salary of goverment lower level servants should be increaed.So they willnot take bribe due to MAJBURI.

So corruption is very dagerous.For a common man we cant survive without bribe.

So i whole heartedly support ANNA .I really dissapointed about the way the POLITICIANS like LALU advising us about corruption .

The main feature of this August revolution is that the Youth Generation of India are slave to the Old ,Paranoid,Slave and Chamcha Creating System.

Since we have GANDHI LIKE person who is willing to lead from front against these dictector politicians and chamchas we should support it.

Once i believe that If an educated person become a prime minister it will be freeom but looking at Dr Manmohon Singh i now believe a PM can be a puppet of an Illitrate goverment


Posted by jyotiranjan1234 | Report as abusive

Anna we are with you, every indian which ever state he or she belongs is with you. We have to remove corruption from this country.These dirty politicians are fooling the people, which ever party they belong are all corrupted. Politicians play drama in front of people by throwing stones at each other, but behind the scene they help each other in doing corrupt activities. There is nexus between corporates and every political party in india. Politicians take bribes from corporates and turn help them in getting benefits.
Crores of rupees is being spend for the upliftment of rural and deprived population of this country but only a meagre amount reaches them. The beaurocrats(not all) are also behind corruption in this country. They give advice to politicians on how to do corruption and what all loop holes are there in the law. Even judiciary is not out of reach of corruption as we can see from the recent incidents.
We the people of India should be united and fight this evil of corruption. Let’s join the second FREEDOM STRUGGLE.


Posted by sajith.b | Report as abusive

There is a Constitution and it is the mandate…it is not Anna Hazare or any non-elected person like him, it must be the duty of the constitutional institutions to frame laws and implement them in India. I am against this Anna Hazare. Why not try a constitutional way? I do like to frame a private bill like that framed by Anna team, which aim to punish Anna team and like people with Death penalty, what would be the future of India? Will this be permitted in India? Will it be Constitutional? Or what would be the state of our parliament iff every group want it like Anna? Do not remember that India something called religious institutions which also can conduct such strikes against a government?

Posted by Vinu1234 | Report as abusive

How many people have stayed away or unsubscribed from services provided by companies named in 2G Scam? Neither is Anna’s camp discouraging people from using services from those companies, all they want is support for getting power

Posted by Pavankm | Report as abusive

More important for our country to control population
Job security in private sector

Jai hind

Posted by engineersanjeev | Report as abusive

Congradulations to the civil society of India for taking up this issue. Please do not let the parties in the opposition to hijack this for their political advantage like what happened in Tamil Nadu. If the government do not concede the best option is to field a ‘Hazare movement’ candidate to each electorate in the next election. Politicians will cry fowl by stating that the contestants do not have political experience. This wont matter as the country is run by the beuracracy and what is needed is facilitation form the top with strong anti-corruption and fair play legislation. Push for anti-discriminatory law too and India will leap frog in soft developement by 30-40 years. Good luck . Damien. Sri Lanka

Posted by Lanka | Report as abusive

selfish poeple are trying to potray that this protest is an arrogant display, blackmailing and what not of the great Indian Parliament. wghere was all this greatness when millions were being looted. Do not believe these masked super smart clever people. keep supporting this fight against corruption till it reaches its logical end.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

many elected representatives, across party lines, are trying to cook up baseless charges against the protestors. how very small and cheap of these people.
once a effective lokpal authority comes up they will start licking there also.
they are mostly opportunistic and have low level of self esteem or regard for the nation.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

many systems like traffic challan are designed such that you have no choice but to pay a bribe and get on with surviving and trying to earn your daily bread.
no one likes paying unnecessarily. it is this very ruling party that has institutionalised corruption and made in a national industry. almost all politicians, bureaucrats, judges have their children either overseas or employed at high levels in corporates in India, irrespective of their ability. able father/ mother and much more abled children.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

I would like to raise an important issue which is not only relevant but also will also help us to develop our view on corruption. I believe , a country can not progress without controlled corruption.. One instance is that economy can not grow that if there is no corruption. I request all of the viewers to share their thought on this, because I see corruption has many faces. Anna’s call to fight against corruption is a genuine call but I want all of us to have a realistic view on it. Let’s decide what kind of misappropiation we would call it a corruption.

If the Lokpal Bill is passed, there is a high probability of constitutional crisis happen any day. We send politicians to parliament and assembly. So before we send them, we should make very informed decision on them. So rather than throwing stones on them later, we, the people of biggest democracy, should think and be very sure that we are sending eligible candidates only. Every one will agree that we take election very casually and it seems we lack adequate knowledge.It is very srprising that 90% of Anna team even what is written in draft.
We are heading towards a constitutional crisis. I would like to ask Mr. Anna Hazare whether he is ready to give us coruuption free government.

Posted by MaloyKundu | Report as abusive

The call of India…

Hi all.

I am not in any political party nor supporter of any political party. I am telling what I am feeling.
Congress as soon as they into power started increasing the commodity price in order to satisfy the sponsors of their candidates in the elections. The poor Indian stated to tighten their stomach without uttering a word thinking that the result of the economic crunch.
The congress got a very hint and started increasing the prices from commodities, steel and all the areas including the petroleum so as to fill their voter bank from trading sector.
By doing so, government also started getting increased %ge of tax revenue and left medium to poor class of people ignored.
So all the beurocrates (main beneficiaries where congress and supporting traders) and the government is happy of increased revenue left behind RBI, middle class and lower middle class to poor left behind, which resulted the increase of crime rate, corruption and so on.
Now RBI took a firm stand. But what is and who is for the common INDIAN?
Now keeping the ANNA HASARE show to continue for a period of time, gets enough time for the oversees accounts to be managed to a safe position.
So ANNA HASARE, we and all the common INDIAN wants to end the show by getting all the desired results we want.

Posted by SanthoshKini | Report as abusive

I went to the Ramlila ground yesterday. It was a humbling experience. There was so much energy and fervour. People identify with this cause and the number of tricolours being waved was a reminder of the love people have for the country.
No one should underestimate its strength. The crowds were well behaved and the volunteers working round the clock to direct the crowd, ensure traffic moves (I do not remember any political or religious rally or gathering in Delhi being civilised)with alomost no support from the administration (which is very typical of Indian administration).

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

The protestors are not at all arrogant. They are people who have worked hard through their lives and paid taxes.
The people in power are clearly failing to recognise that the demand is fairly well thought, their version of the Jan Lokpal bill well drafted with checks and balances.
The authorities are biding time and hoping this will fritter away (and media seems to have joined hands to spread this cheap rumour) while people are losing patience.
At the venue I saw people from all walks of life and religions, not just middle class contrary to Govt propaganda.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

If a small snake enter our house, even if it is not poisonous we beat it to death to
protect ourselves and our family.

The poisonous snake ‘CORRUPTION’ is roaming happily in out BHARATH. We have
fed it a lot. It has become huge enough to swallow a blue whale. Even if we are conscious we are sleeping. Now the BRAVE HERO ANNA HAZARE has given us a good burn on our back and made us awake. Let
us be with the HERO to Kill it save our GREAT BHARATH.

When ever ADHARMA increases and DHARMA decreases, GOD appears. Now the GOD has appeared in the form of ANNA HAZARE. Let us be a part of his team by our possible ways to slay the EVIL DEMON ‘CORRUPTION’.


Posted by SivaSIVA | Report as abusive

To all those who wish to support team Anna in their fight against corruption but are unable to do so due to geographical or other limitations:

Posted by AaIndian | Report as abusive

where is the corporate world, bollywood, and sportsmen? are they all supporting the government. are they good only for the ads they act in, or good for making movies on corruption? can’t they come out and support the cause. because more than anyone the goby will relent to the corporate world, the bollywood and last but not the least the sportsmen.

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