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Rallies and candlelight vigils to support Hazare

April 16
02:16 2011

LOS ANGELES: The success of Anna Hazare’s fast to fight against corruption is a victory of all Indians. This is the second time Indians celebrated within a week, the first being the cricket World Cup championship. About a thousand people gathered in different places of USA such as Los Angeles, Bay Area, New York and Seattle to celebrate the moment with rallies and candlelight vigils and discuss about the next steps in the fight for corruption free India.

In Cerritos Regional Park, Los Angeles, a candlelight vigil was followed by a discussion about Anna Hazare’s fast and the current state of corruption in India. One of the organizers, Srihari Atluri led the pledge to encourage their families back home to vote for the right people in their constituency, not necessarily for the winning party. People For Loksatta-LA president Varma Dantuluri said that the root of the current problems is good people staying away from politics. It was felt that corruption exists because of not having strong law-enforcement in India and thus the corrupt know they can get away with it easily.

In Milpitas, San Francisco, around 150 people gathered at India Community Center and walked for two miles shouting “Anna Hazare Zindabad” and “Brashtachara Hatao Desh Bachao” in the streets of Milpitas. Naren Bakshi, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and community leader and Jayaram Komati, president of Telugu Association of North America (TANA) addressed the people. Jeff Whittler, well known master of Bansuri and Sai Manapragada, Guinness Book record holding singer, supported the cause and gave performances. The event ended with public discussion forum organized by Sundeep Pattem and a mass pledge to continue the fight until Jan Lokpal bill is enacted.

In Seattle, Washington, the event commenced with an informative speech on Jan Lokpal Bill and the state of affairs by Pooja Tripathi, lead organizer of the event. Sudip Gorakshakar, Chairman of FIAWA, emphasized on the unity and strength of the people power. Mrs Prabha Sinha, renowned Indian TV actress, led the gathering to sing “Raghupati Raghav Rajaram” which was followed by many other inspiring songs by different groups. Participants ended their fast with lemon water and jalebis. Mrs Lavanya Reddy, President of FIAWA, encouraged everyone to take an oath with a “Zero Rupee Note” to neither give nor take a bribe. The event ended with lighting of the candles in front of Gandhi’s statue at Bellevue Regional Library and singing Indian of national anthem.

These events were organized and supported by many associations such as India Community Center, India Against Corruption, Dandi March II team, People For Loksatta, FIAWA, USABF, Association for India’s development (AID), and Washington Telugu Samiti (WATS) among others.

The turnover of thousands of people not only in India but also abroad has reinstated the belief in the power of the people to bring about a positive change in a democracy. The fight for corruption has just begun but the lawmakers need to be careful because Indians in every nook and corner of the world are carefully watching their actions and will not just watch passively if anything goes astray.

India Post News Service

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