A few months ago, Kiran Bedi visited the Thomson Reuters office in Bangalore as a guest speaker to mark International Women’s week and also to address us on corporate ethics and governance. It was also the day when some of us heard of a man called Anna Hazare and a bill called the Lokpal.
“A few of us activists, like Anna Hazare, if you’ve heard about him…,” began Bedi. “He’s called the Gandhi of Maharashtra,” and she continued further, enlightening us about the anti-corruption bill and the support and impact this man can provide.
“Anna Hazare is known to be very effective in the past,” she said. “Whenever Hazare has sat on a fast, the Maharashtra government gave in and he got the right kind of laws.”
Days into Hazare’s fast in New Delhi, Bedi’s prescient speech echoes in the minds of those of us who heard her talk about how the bill is being enacted not because the government wants it, but because it was a signatory in the G20 resolution to fight corruption and was bound by it.
“It’s all about governance. The principles of governance are similar whether in finance or in public service,” she said.