Anna Hazare – FAQ

Anna Hazare

(I am not sure who wrote this up. I got it through a friend. Good job by whoever wrote this up)

(01)ย  Who is Anna Hazare?

Answer: An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War.

(02) Whatโ€™s so special about him?

Answer: He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra.

(03) So what?

Answer: This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

(04) Ok,โ€ฆ?

Answer: This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

(05) Really, what is he fighting for?

Answer: He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India. He is advocating for a Bil, The Jan Lokpal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

(06) Itโ€™s an entirely new thing right..?

Answer: In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit their theft (corruption).

(07) Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?

Answer: The first thing he is asking for is: The government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed. Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the JAN LOKPAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

(08) Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?

Answer: A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.

(09) Is he alone? Who else is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?

Answer: Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more. Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.

(10) Ok, got it. What can I do?

Answer: At least we can spread the message.

(11) How?

Answer: Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pics.

At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from India. At least we can hope that his Hunger Strike does not go in vain. At least we can pray for his good health.

Will “keeping a promise” be a liability?

I always pride myself in being able to keep a promise or commitment, with a very high rate of success. Of course, there have been occasions when I have had to break a commitment, examples being:

– Being late for a meeting because the previous one ran late (or back-to-back meetings, in different floors/buildings)

– Car trouble or accident on way to an appointment

– Falling sick

Etc. But, in general, I am pretty good at keeping a commitment.

One of my personal pet peeves is to have people say “Yes, I will do it” and then having to keep reminding them. Of course, the standard answer is: “Too many things on my plate. So sorry …”.

It appears that in India, and Asia in general, you might be considered:

– A fool, if you arrive on time for a meeting ๐Ÿ™‚

– A loafer who has nothing better to do, if you arrive for a Dinner/Lunch Party at the scheduled time ๐Ÿ™‚

It does not bode well for me, if that is the case. Personally, I prefer to arrive for a meeting earlier than what was required, than be rushed and gasping for breath by trying to arrive right at the correct time. Atleast, it allows me to collect my thoughts before the meeting (Unless of course if it is a snooze-fest time-waste of a meeting, in which case I really am a fool in accepting the invite!).

Since English language allows for:

– “No, I am afraid I cannot do that (because …)”

– “I would not be able to make it”

– “I am sorry, but I am too busy”

Etc. I find it quite easy to be able to keep up with what all I have to do. As I have said elsewhere, it all begins with having your own scheme of keeping track of Action Items. There is no single best way to do it. It is not important “how” it is done. It is most important that it “is done”, whichever method is used.

Do we all have enough time to do everything we would love to do? Absolutely not! Then what is the answer? Prioritization and keeping the list to manageable levels.

In a few weeks, you will probably hear of a “foolish loafer” roaming in Asia … ๐Ÿ™‚

Adios …