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The anti-corruption movement is now in the news for all the wrong reasons. We have seen what could have been an extraordinary social mobilization process turn into a war of words, petty ego battles and some very poor leadership on the part of the key players in this movement. The euphoria of Anna Hazare’s fast in August had led some to believe that they represented the voice of the masses. What was not understood was that such movements rarely reflect the ‘voice’, and it is usually that ‘noise’ that gets heard. And this loud noise has a way of burying
It is now exactly a month since concerned and socially conscious citizens of Mysore came together to collectively fight the scourge of corruption. Building on the emotional response that Anna’s fast created, we decided to take the movement forward and take it to the next level. In an attempt to make it a more enlightened campaign, volunteers spanned across the city of Mysore and started engaging the people and educated them on the issues of corruption that we are facing as a city and on how they could join the movement. The volunteers also explained the contents of the Government’s
Last month saw a couple of events that reminded us of the spirit of Nationalism of the early 40s. While one was the celebration of our Independence Day, the other was the celebration of the spirit of peaceful protest across the Nation that Anna Hazare led from the Ramlila grounds. One may or may not agree with the methods that Anna Hazare used in keeping the entire Nation charged with this spirit of Nationalism, but one cannot discount the fact that fighting corruption today is as much a household word as corruption itself. We now need to understand what exactly
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