Whether it is getting admitted in the hospital or enrolling into college. What is the first thing that will immediately disgust you- Authorities asking you for ‘extra’ cash.
Corruption is everywhere like bacteria. It is omnipresent. But Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare aka Anna Hazare, a 72 year old veteran activist has taken a stand of ‘Do Or Die‘ against Corruption. The web have showed again that it’s a great tool in spreading the news. Websites like Facebook and Twitter are being used to gather support, views & reaction from various cities.
In the year 2009, ‘Pink Chaddi Campaign’ was similarly started on Facebook with registration of 2,900. The campaign raised it’s voice in favour of today’s Indian women. It is interesting to observe the power of Online Campaigning
But campaign’s like these ones died a silent death with no appropriate conclusion. But this time the driving force seems to be slightly different and demanding.
Some of the celebrities actively twittering in favour of Anna Hazare are:
- Anupuma Kher tweets,” On my way to Jantar Mantar, Delhi from Pune to pledge my support to Anna Hazare and more than One Billion INDIANS against corruption.:)”
- Farhan Akhtar tweets,” I support Anna Hazare. Our country has suffered from corruption for too long… NOW is the time we get together and do something about it.”
- Rakesh Junjunwala tweets,” Sharad Pawar has quit the GoM.I think he requested Anna Hazare to reduce his burden.”
- IbnLive tweets,” A larger debate is required for the Bill #JanLokpal.”
Offlate there have been many instances of governments being made accountable through social media pressure accross the world. Egypt comes to mind instantly with the recent uprising in Libya most fresh in our minds. It will be interesting to see if a similar revolution via social media can take place in a country like India where the penetration is less than 10% overall for internet. Though if that does happen the Government could flick the switch off button on the internet that it holds with itself.