The second week of April'2011 was expected to be a week of humongous celebrations all over the streets, nukkads of India. The reason being of course the truly awesome triumph in ODI CWC 2011, but Indian streets saw the crowd gathering together for an altogether different cause. The cause was - FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION.
A group of well aware intellectuals led by Shri Anna Hazare stood up against the government and its lack lustre approach to draft a strict LokPal Bill. To give a background- LokPal Bill was in queue to be drafted as early as in 1960s. Since then, the draft has been weakened by the subsequent governments. The time sounded very apt for Anna Hazare and group to stand up against a nonchalant govt to draft 'Jan' LokPal Bill. The bill demanded to give more powers to Lokpals against the politicians and bureaucrats.
Every Indian in one or the other way has experienced the brunt of corruption. Each one of them have hated to be part of it, but without any other option or due to some weakness each one has sunk in the pain beneath the soul and proceeded with their life. The soul of every Indian felt the push from the inside when bunch of people under the banner- INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION- stood up against the government.
The CWC 2011 victory had pumped a lot of adrenaline in the body of an Indian, a feel of unity had arisen. He was frustrated and gutted by seeing series of scams popping up in Geometric progression everyday! These factors contributed to the most unprecedented mass movement in the country since, at least, 15-20 years.
The mass movement spread across every part of India like a wild fire, thanks to the electronic media, print media and social networking sites. The massiveness of protest put the nonchalant government on the back foot. Fast-unto-death step by Anna forced the govt to set up a drafting committee with 5 public representatives and 5 govt representatives.
Modern India saw the power of mass movement led by committed leadership uprooting the well rooted complacency of the govt.