Are you looking for someone who can make a mess of even the most serious issue of national importance? Meet Anna Hazare. He can do it in four days flat. And he has just demonstrated his skills to do that while raising his voice against the monster-like menace called corruption in India.
By Rakesh Raman
After just four days of tumultuous protest supported by hundreds of thousands of people in India’s capital New Delhi, social activist Anna Hazare disappeared from the scene as fast as he had appeared, leaving the whole campaign against corruption in the middle of the road.
The biggest paradox that emerged from his approach: On one side he and his close campaigners have been criticizing the government with all sorts of corruption charges; and on the other they stood before the same government with a begging bowl in their hands asking some amendments in the Jan Lokpal Bill that most know can’t solve any corruption case even in its best form.[ Also Read: Can Anna Hazare Give Us Corruption-Free India? ]
Then why have Hazare and his team focused just on this irrelevant Bill? God knows! But if Hazare is serious to do anything against corruption in India, he should have continued his drive instead of killing it with his own hands.
But why am I persisting with Hazare? Thanks to hype during the past few days, he has become a popular brand in the corruption-afflicted market and it will be difficult to build a new brand immediately.[ Also Read: Anna Hazare Goes Out; Corruption Stays with Us ]
If he is interested, he can still do it without even standing on the crutches of the proposed Lokpal Bill.
Here are these 5 different steps that Hazare can take along with his supporters:
1. Organization: Hazare has to spearhead the campaign against corruption as a community-led crusade. With the help of his close friends, he needs to organize all his resources to build a massive civil society organization – of the people, by the people, for the people. Based on certain eligibility criteria, he should immediately start recruiting volunteers from all parts of the country to run this organization.
2. Shadow Courts: The people in the organization will create and manage shadow courts in different parts of the country. For instance, one court managed by a team of 20 people will serve a population of one million people. The role of each such court will be to proactively collect complaints from citizens and solve their problems by acting as interface between people and the government departments. Depending on the case, they can also approach the traditional courts to get justice for the aggrieved complainants.
3. Outreach: After setting up the shadow courts, the team in each court will publish the local cases in a periodic print publication in local language to be distributed in the respective areas. The same cases will also appear on a comprehensive and professionally created Web property for everyone (in India and abroad) to know about the people behind those corruption cases. The site should use collaborative features for public to participate in all possible ways. The teams thus created can provide their services even to illiterates while mobile shadow courts can go to even remote areas.
4. Funds: As mentioned above, this entire infrastructure will be of the people, by the people, for the people, there will be millions of people in the country who will come forward with their financial contribution to run the country-wide civil society organization. There are many other genuine methods to raise funds for such an effort.
5. Scope: The scope of the work for such an organization should not be limited to new consumer cases. Rather, it should begin its own investigations in all those big corruption cases in which it is believed that huge money has been swindled by Indian politicians and/or bureaucrats. They may include Commonwealth Games scam, telecom scam, fodder scam, IPL cricket scam, and many other scams. Moreover, it should look into the viability of all those big projects like Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), e-governance, etc. that have been consuming millions and billions of public funds without delivering any worthwhile benefit to public.
As this is just an article, I have briefly mentioned some of the most crucial points. However, these points can be further refined to build a workable anti-corruption organizational model.
As this whole project will be led by Anna Hazare, he won’t need any Bill or government support to provide instant relief to Indian public. Are you ready, Mr. Hazare?
POLL RESULTS – In an ongoing Raman Media Network (RMN) Poll, when people were asked “What should be the right punishment for a corrupt politician or a government official?” as of today (April 14) 27% said they should be jailed, 20% demanded public execution for them, 17% asked for social boycott, and 13% said corrupt should be kicked out from the country.
You can also Vote in the “What You Say…” section on the homepage of Raman Media Network news site.