Jubilant India was celebrating! 1st March 2011, the day when a cricket crazy nation repeated the history by clinching six-wicket victory to win the biggest game in the world of cricket. A new chapter in golden words was added to the glorious Indian Cricket history.
Six months later, the fluttering national flags were back. Although, this time it was not Dhoni, not cricket but the real heroes were the citizens of the largest democracy in the world who were celebrating the victory of democracy. The atmosphere was escalating. Such Frenzied celebrations and enthusiasm was not seen in the last many decades. India was partying with boisterous merriments that made the world to turn their heads towards the home of oldest civilisation for source of inspiration.
The captain who led the country to such historical victory was a former soldier from a barren village in Maharashtra, “Mahatma” Anna Hazare. Clad with plain white kurta-pajama, this tenacious soldier turned social reformer proved the world how to bring the winds of change and make an impact. The prefix “Mahatma” has been earned by him for his crusading efforts in reforming the system rusted by the corruption. For young India, The father of nation was limited to their textbooks. But, in the past few months, they witnessed what they were taught in schools.
Before anti-corruption agitation, he was instrumental in empowering his village, Ralegan Siddhi into an “ideal village” model through his unprecedented resurrection efforts. He piloted the villagers to work for water conservation and prevention of soil erosion. After the combined efforts of hundreds of villagers, the water table rose making water available to 15, 00 hectares of the land instead of 300 acres. Sequentially, villagers became self-sufficient in terms of food. The economies of this small village improved leading to increased standard of living and improvement in primary facilities like schools, hospitals etc. This is an example of reformation and how winds of change can lead to brighter future.
He changed the stage. The problem was much bigger and deeply rooted in the soil of the dominant political system of India. The people were fed up with the series of scams which rendered the eyes to pop out with a shocking emotion. They were well aware of the fact that corruption has eaten away thousands of crores of their hard-earned money paid to the government in the form of tax hoping that they will use it for the benefit of this nation. In contrast, the money was channelized away to fill the personal bank accounts of some avaricious politicians. Whereas, on the other hand, middle class citizen had hopes for repairing the potholed roads in his region with improvement in basic infrastructure. He had a belief that his money will make him get a better medical treatment in government hospitals that are, right now in apathy condition and his children will study in a government school in a concrete building and not under a tree. His dreams...