A peaceful march was organized by India Against Corruption across India in over 50 cities in which the people of India joined hands together and walked down the streets, braved the scorching sun, distributed pamphlets demanding the formation of an effective Anti-Corruption Body called Lokpal, raised slogans against Corruption which unfortunately has become the unifying characteristic of all the Indian Government Offices. The participants were the common people of India – the people of India who suffer the pain of prevalent corruption in getting a driving license or getting a ration card or getting the pension documents travel from one table to another table, for almost getting anything done in Indian offices. They were the people who are fed up of serving ‘chai-nashta’ to these bureaucrats to make them do their job at the cost of losing their own ‘chai-nashta’.
I participated in this march conducted in Bengaluru, along with a few friends who didn’t know each other. I was their mutual friend and Corruption was their mutual enemy. We reached the starting venue a few minutes late and were pleasantly surprised to find more than 200 people already gathered around Mahatama Gandhi statue near the Chinnaswamy Stadium. They were ready with banners and posters to march down the road and make their voices heard.
All of us marched down from M.G.Road, Mahatma Gandhi Statue back to the same venue via the Corporation Circle. We were distributing the pamphlets to the onlookers to make them aware of the reason of march and even shouted slogans like “dekhte kya ho, shaamil ho jao” to encourage them to join us in the march. The people raised slogans against Corruption in quite a few languages – Hindi, English and Kannada. The best part was that these slogans were not the slogans that were written down on some piece of paper, instead the slogans were self-created by the people marching. Each one of us actively participated in creating slogans for the campaign. I, too managed to contribute a few slogans across like “Stop Corruption, Develop Nation” and “bachhe-bachhe ka sapna hai, imaandar desh apna hai”.
After we reached back to the starting point, the people took a breather and drank water to relieve their parched throats. Then, all of us contributed a small amount of money willingly to cover the expenses of this rally. After that, there was a speech by the organizer who thanked the participants for making the rally successful and asked us to applaud ourselves for the effort. He, then asked all of us to send a SMS to a number stating our name and address and spread this message to others so that people of India can join hands against Corruption. He said the SMSes shall be sent to the President of India to demonstrate how strongly we, the people of India, are ready to fight against Corruption and strongly support the enactment of a law to setup the Lokpal.
If you want to join us in this fight against Corruption, send a SMS to 09230534959 stating “INDIA <your_name>, <your_address>, <your_email_id(optional)>” now.