An open letter to Anna Hazzare

Jantar Mantar

New Delhi

March 25th 2012

Dear AnnaJi,

I hope that you are doing well and your health is also improving. I am not sure if you remember me but just to draw some light, I can make you recall that, I supported you full heartedly while you were on a fast-unto-death in April and then in month of August.

I am sure that you would also be able to judge that time-people-and-supporters have changed since then. And yes, not to forget that you and people around you have also changed since then. A friend of mine who also supported you back-then asked me that whether I will be coming to Jantar Mantar today. I gave her a funny reply:

“Nope. Mrs. Dalloway has waited long for me. I cannot see her missing me so much. Anna Ji can wait”. (And to be really honest with you I think I should tell you that I did not add ‘JI’ in that message) 😉 (Excuse the expression).

I am sorry but I am not coming down on that ‘Hunger’ street once again. I had it all. I cannot stand it any more. The last time I was there, I felt something within me to be a part of you and support you but as I said time-people-and supporters change; unfortunately I have also changed. Initially, you were my hero. I thought that you will change the whole way our democracy works but I think I should let that thought skip from my mind.

The only issue that I have with you and your team is the arrogance- you people were able to develop in yourself in last few months.

Kejriwal talks of Anna being above parliament, or a Bedi seeks to justify her business-class indiscretions. What would you call all this? ; Arrogance or a clause of Jan Lokpal Bill.

I also remember what you said when Sharad Pawar was slapped: “He got slapped! Only one slap” I mean, when I heard this news, I said almost the same thing. But heck that is the difference, you are Anna Hazzare and I am just-another-common-man. I have right to talk like that but not you. (Well, now even you have the same right as have come down to same-level.)

I also have some sought of issues with your doctor, what his name? Ahhh I just googled it Dr. Naresh Trehan.

Nice guy he is but as it is said money can make you go around. May be that is what happened with him. He spent a good amount of money in form of Rupee or Dollar or Pound or Euro, whatever you may like to call it in starting his medical-city. (No, I am not going to name it here. No free publicity for him.)

And then he needed some sought of ‘free-marketing’ so he zeroed on you as a Hot-Shot-Brand-Ambassador-With-Guaranteed-Return. He picked you up from wherever you were, he kept you in his medical-city, he gave you all the attention you needed and hurray in return he got his medical-city name flashing on all news channels under those big red buttons ‘BREAKING NEWS’.

Believe it or not Anna, this was his motive, which he achieved beautifully.

While, I close this letter, one last reason why I choose not to be there at Jantar Mantar, today. As I mentioned earlier, Mrs. Dalloway is the reason. She has been waiting on my desk for quite some time now. And I think, I should give it a read now. Please understand, exams are just around the corner. I also think that I should rather support Earth Hour instead of you, it a lot easier and does have the instant returns. (like saving my electricity bill)

Regards with no support,

Aditya Bhasin

P.S. : Just to inform you, I did not gave miss call second time when your team asked. Sorry, can’t help.

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About Aditya Bhasin

Aditya Bhasin a not-so-creative person is a student of English literature at University of Delhi. He was born and brought up in Delhi and choose never to move out. You will find him at eating places more than his college, exploring places more than staying at home and get in touch with him through social media rather than calling on his mobile phone. He aspires to write a novel. He also wish to be a successful media (communication) professional.

Anna Hazare

I’m Against Corruption-I’m going to Jantar Mantar,New Delhi. Are You?

Anna Hazare has given an ultimatum to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to enact stringent anti-corruption law– the peoples “Jan Lokpal Bill”! Jail to the corrupt must happen! We have been betrayed by those who are leading us!

This is a defining moment for India that can give our children a better future! Let us unite and stand by him! Thousands will be there to support him.

Will you be there?

Come and stay with Anna at Jantar Mantar for a few days starting 5th April at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

Who is Anna Hazare? A soldier, lone survivor in his unit in 1965 Indo-Pak war, Anna dedicated his life to the well-being of society. A bachelor, an ascetic, he has no possessions, no bank balance and lives in a temple.

In Maharashtra, Anna has single handedly transformed barren and dry regions into green and food surplus areas. He has fasted unto death on several earlier occasions. He forced the Maharashtra government to dismiss the corrupt – 6 ministers and 400 officers.

Due to his fast, the govt enacted the Maharashtra RTI Act. In 2006, when government of India tried to amend the Central RTI Act, he again went on an indefinite fast and forced the Indian government not to amend RTI Act.

Leaders, organizations and the common man from across India will be with him. This is a do or die moment – let us make it happen!

Across India, join Swami Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swami Agnivesh, Arch Bishop of Delhi Vincent Concessao, Mahmood A Madani, Kiran Bedi, J M Lyngdoh, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Mufti Shamoom Qasmi, Mallika Sarabhai, Arun Bhatia, Sunita Godara, All India Bank Employees Federation, PAN IIT Alumni Association, Common Cause and many other prominent organizations and leaders, as India comes out on the streets! 100+ CITIES WILL RALLY BEHIND ANNA!

Anna’s appeal to the people:

When I sit on fast from 5 April, I urge my fellow countrymen to join me in fasting for one, two, three or whatever number of days you can comfortably fast.
Along with fast, please pray to God (whoever you believe in) for better and corruption free India.
Collective prayers from all the people of India would definitely have a huge impact.
Write an impassioned plea to our Prime Minister that we look upon him to pass “Jan Lokpal Bill”, else we will be compelled not to vote for his party in next elections.Remain calm and peaceful and develop the courage to go to jail, if required, in this next freedom movement.

Salient features of Jan Lokpal Bill

Drafted by Justice Santosh Hegde, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal, this Bill has been refined on the basis of feedback received from public on website and after series of public consultations. It has also been vetted by and is supported by Shanti Bhushan, J M Lyngdoh, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare etc. It was sent to the PM and all CMs on 1st December. However, there is no response.

1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up

2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.

6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

7. But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

JAN LOKPAL BILL will act as deterrent and instill fear against corruption (This movement is neither affiliated nor aligned to any political party) To stay updated about movement, either send a missed call at 02261550789.

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