On Wednesday August 17, 2011, several hundred people participated in a Candle Light Vigil at Bond Park, Cary, NC in recognition and support of Team Anna and its fight against corruption in India. Men, women, students, and youngsters joined hands for this common cause. Besides discussing the differences between the bills proposed by the government and Team Anna, people signed a petition for submission to Indian Consulate at Washington DC. It is one of many efforts by Non Resident Indians around the world.
Author’s Note: - Why it is important for Indians to support this movement?
1. Truth and honesty are the foundation of India’s great heritage. Indian culture, society and value system revolved around genuineness, fairness and legitimacy. Teachers, parents, elders, leaders, books and religious scriptures quote examples of truthfulness and integrity of our ancestors. Our ancestors set an example for our value system. With the current corruption levels, what kind of example are we setting for our children? Are we going to give example of ministers with highest number of frauds?
Is not current corruption level challenging the basic fabric of our society? What is the evolution of social and value system if we don’t stop or make an effort to stop the corruption?
2. Despite being the 5th largest economy in world (after the USA, EU, China and Japan), per an estimate 25% people still live in poverty while elected politicians and leaders have millions of dollars in foreign banks. Scam, cheatings and bribery by high level elected officials is common news item.
Is that the right environment for a growing economy? Is that the right atmosphere to maintain law and order conducive for growth?
Corruption is hurting India economically and socially. It is challenging the fundamentals of Indian civilization, traditions and morals in turn integrity of Indian nation.
Kill the corruption before it kills India.
Jan Lokpal Bill is the first step in eradication of corruption. After losing hopes from democratically elected leaders and the parliament, Indians all over the world support Team Anna whose ideas resonate and relate with the common public.
Every drop in the ocean counts. Let us keep adding drops in the ocean of support for anti corruption movement. Let us make it strong and immense to crumble and eradicate the deep routed evil of corruption from India forever.
Credits:- Candle Light Picture, taken from Facebook (AIDCONFERFENCE – Pubic library) and picture of India taken from Google.