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RTI Activist Arvind Kejriwal’s Appeal To All Indians

28 July 2011 9 Comments

In the wake of  Union Cabinet clearing its version of the Lokpal Bill, RTI Activist Arvind Kejriwal’s appeal to all Indians.


My dear friends,

It is more than evident that our Government and all the political parties are unwilling to enact a strong law against corruption. Because if they did so, many of them would face imprisonment. There is a serious conflict of interest. None of the large scams like the Adarsh Housing scam, the Commonwealth Games scam, the Reddy brothers scam, Fodder scam, Health mission scam of UP, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha scam, Cash for vote scam are covered by government’s Lokpal. What use is such a Lokpal Bill? It is weak and ineffective. It has a very narrow jurisdiction. None of the corruption faced by a common man is covered under it either. Please refer to my recent article http://news.indiaagainstcorruption.org/?p=3129 on this issue for more specifics on why we think the government draft is not serious about tackling corruption.

Anna’s fast from 16th August is our last hope. We can.t afford to fail this time. For if we fail, we may never get another chance. Its now or never.
A number of people across the country are planning various protest activities. You can organize your own or or you can participate in any manner possible.

1st August to 9th August: Many people across the country are forming small teams and undertaking short and long padyatras. They would talk to people on their way, hold meetings, distribute pamphlets (download pamphlet from http://www.indiaagainstcorruption.org/downloads.html) and show Jan Lokpal film. Would you like to plan a Yatra with your friends?

From 9th August: Mass burning/tearing of government’s Bill as a mark of non-violent protest. Anna will start it most likely from Delhi or Mumbai.
From 9th August to 15th August: People in villages, towns and mohallas will form teams and go for prabhat pheri in mornings singing patriotic songs and educating people about corruption and Jan Lokpal Bill. In the evening, there would be candle light and mashal marches.

15th August: Switch off lights from 8 pm to 9 pm on Independence day as a mark of support for the anti-corruption movement.
Fast starts from 16th August: Government says they would crush Anna.s fast the way they crushed Baba Ramdev.s movement. We are ready for that. We will offer ourselves for arrest if the government decides to arrest us. We are ready to face their batons and bullets. But we will not move from there. We will not retaliate. It will be a completely non-violent movement.

But if the people take a week off from their work from 16th August and take to the streets- in front of their house, on the crossings, in parks, everywhere . with a tricolor in their hands, raise slogans against corruption – Government can crush one Anna, but it won’t be able to crush 120 crore Annas. Government could impose section 144 on one Jantar mantar. But will it impose curfew on the whole country?

If the whole country takes to streets for a week from 16th August, WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, can force the government to enact a strong Jan Lokpal Bill.
Will you be there? Can we count on your support and active participation?

Jai Hind!

Arvind Kejriwal

(Please spread this message to as many people as you can)


  • Taranath Hegde said:

    Yes Sir,Now or Newer. This is the time to detoxify the rotten system and thinking of Indian democracy’s governance and the legislatures.

  • Babu said:

    We will be there…Yes we will do our support and active participation.

  • arun kumar said:

    Respected Kejriwal saheb,
    i suport u and ur collegues from the core of my heart. indeed u r doing an excellent job which can be compared with freedom struggle of india.
    many thnx

  • sam said:

    Yes Sir.I have become a big fan of u becoz of the kind of work you do and the kind of vision you have for a corruption free INDIA.We are all with you.Please Please Please don’t give up at any cost.Bcoz as you said its now or never.

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  • Ngogia said:

    Yes, We are with you Sir in this secind fight of of freedom. Freedom from corruption, corrupt politicians…
    Jai Hind

  • surendra dhawan said:

    are we requesting the right people for the just demands of the public? If not then we should be in the government ourselves to fulfill our demands and lead the country to a corruption free country.

  • Sandeep said:

    Respected Arvind Sir,

    Today, I heard arguments given by Kapil Sibbal in the Parliament against the Jan Lokpal Bill. He was citing some ACTs stating whatever Anna and people of India are requesting is unconstitutional. Unfortunately our educated minister doesn’t realizes that the constitution was written years ago, there was hardly any corruption in the country at that point. Mr. Sibbal must be educated that its time we need to bring constitutional changes so as to cater to the rising corruption.
    A question to Mr Sibbal:
    Is there reason why your Govt. is not agreeing for Jan Lokpal Bill?


  • Naven said:

    Yes This is the need of the moment.Let every body do some introspection and evaluate what they want. Throw out inner instinct of Nepotism,Favouritism,Shortcuts. Corruption will be eliminated. But every one has to start thinking and creating a strong will.