Thousands of people continue to come out in respose to Anna Hazare's call for a strong anti-corruption law. Here are some voices from the movement
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Kiran Bedi, Team Anna (on Twitter): Our PM defends his stand on lokpal by reading a speech. Anna needs no paper. Why?
Shabhana Azmi, actress (on Twitter): People are feeling that they matter which is great, but for real change to occur it needs sustained involvement which is in short supply.
Rahul Bajaj, industrialist and member of the Rajya Sabha (to CNN-IBN): First, the arrest of Anna Hazare and Team Anna is very unfortunate. Second, what I find is that on the one side, there is the government and on the other side, there is the civil society, lots of people are on the civil society side and for understandable reasons, the opposition is supporting them too.
In Lucknow, doctors write out anti-graft message (11:38)
Lucknow, Aug 20 (IANS) Doctors in the Uttar Pradesh state capital are expressing solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare in a novel way - they are printing pro-Anna messages on their prescriptions and diagnostic reports.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairman, Biocon (on Twitter): The government is committing political harakiri-as they say, if you are in a hole, stop digging! Prime minister can say what he wants, but he has lost credibility with people. Effective execution has always been the bane of our well intended policies. PM's words are of no avail-he has unfortunately lost credibility-his statement is a case of too little too late.
Rajeev Sardesai (on Twitter): Also meet our citizens against corruption as part of CNN-IBN's bribe bandh campaign. 9.30 pm tonight.
Harsh Mariwala, chairman, Marico Industries, and also chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (to Business Standard): Anna Hazare is a symbol. The fight is a bigger one on corruption. When you lose faith in the entire system, it becomes difficult for the common man to have confidence in the political establishment. But a Lokpal Bill alone cannot solve all the problems. There has to be a much bigger overhaul of all discretionary powers.
Amitabh Bachchan (on Twitter): No one wants corruption in society and governance. To protest peacefully our constitutional right. The law of the land must prevail!
Narayana Murthy, who retires from Infosys on Saturday, said in an interview to the Hindustan Times.
Q: There are two drafts for the Lokpal Bill, one by Anna Hazare and the other by the government. Which one do you support?
A: I think, given the fact that we have an extraordinary person as a prime minister and Mr Anna Hazare is another extraordinary person, I do believe that it would be possible for these two extraordinary people to come to a conclusion that will enhance the enthusiasm and optimism of the country in solving the form of poverty, so I am quite optimistic.
Anupam Kher, actor: The MOST important thing in our lives is what we are doing NOW. This anti-corruption movement has also brought a great sense of pride of being an INDIAN in us. Look at that sea of flags. JAI HO.
Vijay Mallya, promoter, Kingfisher group (on Twitter): Let's not be bogged down with scams by a few. Let's hold our heads high and focus on the numerous reasons we have to be proud independent Indians.
Jan Lokpal Bill Anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de_wiiTKUu0
Chetan Bhagat: What is lost is people's faith in Parliament. That needs to be restored. Slamming Anna won't do it.
Priyanka Chopra, actress (on Twitter): The kurukshetra of the war against corruption shifts to Ramlila Maidan! God and India is with YOU, Anna!
Telugu film industry extends support to Hazare
Telugu film industry members on Friday took out a rally and observed a day-long fast demanding that the Jan Lokpal bill by Team Anna be tabled in parliament.
Actors, producers, directors, writers, artists and workers from various units of the industry joined hands to express their solidarity with Hazare, who is leading the fight against corruption. The film personalities took out a peace rally from the office of the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce in Film Nagar to express their support for Hazare and his team.
Eminent filmmaker and former union minister Dasari Narayana Rao, actor couple Jeevitha and Rajasekhar, actor Mohan Babu and others participated. Some participants had black ribbons tied across their mouths, others carried placards.
"We support Anna Hazare and his aides fighting against corruption. There is no alternative to a comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill," said actress Jeevitha. She demanded every politician, including the prime minister, must be brought under the purview of the Lokpal.
"We are in a situation where nobody is above board. The public perception is that 80% to 90% politicians are corrupt and hence there is every need to make all politicians accountable," she said.
@atulkasbekar (on Twitter): U may not agree wt Anna's ideology or his methods. That's fine. BUT U CANNOT TAKE AWAY HIS RIGHT TO PEACEFUL PROTEST! #isupportAnnaHazare.
@LON3WOLF (on Twitter): On 15th Aug, we got our independence and on 16th Aug the Indian Government took it away x-( #isupportannahazare.
Shah Rukh Khan supports anti-corruption stir
PTI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has supported the anti-corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare, but says every aspect of the cause should be looked at seriously.
"I think we all support the cause. I think there should be no corruption in the country. I think this whole aspect is becoming so large and so big and there are so many aspects of it that we need to look at it seriously, quietly, step-backedly. We just can't keep saying we support anti-corruption," said Khan.
Khan, 45, said a legislation to curb corruption should be implemented after holding discussions with all concerned.
"All of us want to support anti-corruption. It's the worst kind of stigma that one can have for the country. But this wonderful cause has so many aspects too it... I think as an intelligent section of society, we have to think about the implementation of it. What are the constitutional aspects of it? What are the parliamentarian processes of the same? What is the practicality of the same, how is it going to happen.
"Unless we do that, we just keep talking about it, we just keep doing agitations. We should think how to take the best out of it so that it does not die out. That's the second step," he said.
Captain CY Gopinath, aviation entrepreneur (to CNN-IBN): All of us must come forward and give ourselves a better institution, including the business people. Though I may benefit sometimes because I am in a position to bribe and get things done, I think society will not last with corruption… I have compromised sometimes, unfortunately, which we should not. Corporate bigwigs should have come voluntarily. They have not been speaking openly and clearly.
Indian-Americans come out in support of Anna Hazare
WASHINGTON (PTI) Coming out in support of Anna Hazare, Indian-Americans have appealed to the Indian government to take serious steps to curb the menace of corruption in the country.
"We NRIs want to remove corruption out of India. We support Anna Hazare's efforts to eradicate the corruption, pass Lokpal Bill and declare black money as national assets," said Dnyanoba Kendre, a yoga teacher from Pennsylvania.
Of all the protests in India in recent times, this is the most legitimate and at the grass root-level, that can change the fate of the country, said Rangarajan, a student from the University of Maryland.
Another student, Umang Agarawal, said they are emailing Supreme Court en mass directly to take suo moto action and save the nation.
"More than Indians fighting against corruption, it seems government is fighting against people who are fighting against corruption. This is going to be one of the watershed moments of Indian history," said Vibhash Jha, a PhD student at the University of Maryland.
Indian-Americans in and from around Washington held a demonstration in front of the Indian embassy. Similar events in support of Hazare have been reported from various parts of the country.
A large number of Indian-Americans held a similar protest demonstration outside the Indian Consulate in Houston.
"We NRIs in Houston feel connected to the movement in India and are expressing support in several forms like Facebook, Twitter, Google, websites, in addition to our presence at local gatherings around apartments, club houses, public parks and other community places," said Raghava R Solipuram.
Shocked and saddened by the arrest of Hazare and his supporters, Non-Resident Indians for Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI) said Indian-Americans support the demand of Team Anna to bring everyone under the Jan Lokpal Bill.
If the Nifty lows of last week hold, we could see an upside of 5,000
Continuing worries about a likely recession in the US and the debt crisis in Europe led global markets down this week. The developments had investors back home worried about the profitability of Indian companies in the coming quarters and Morgan Stanley's downward revision of the growth forecast for India worsened sentiment, resulting in the market tumbling 4% in the holiday-shortened week.
Political developments in Delhi following the arrest of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare led the market lower on Tuesday. The market ended with modest gains on Wednesday. But the gains were short-lived, as the market continued to decline over the next two days. The Sensex lost 698 points through the week to close at 16,142 and the Nifty fell 227 points to 4,846.
After a loss of a day or two, we can expect a bounce-back. The Nifty is likely to find support at 4,785 and then at 4,700. The resistance would be at 5,000.
While the BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods index settled flat this week, all other sectoral gauges registered losses. BSE Bankex (down 8%) and BSE Realty (down 7%) suffered the most.
Hero MotoCorp (up 5%) and Coal India (up 2%) were the only gainers on the Sensex during the week. The laggards were led by ICICI Bank, Tata Motors (down 11% each), Hindalco Industries, Jindal Steel & Power (down 8% each) and State Bank of India (down 7%).
The leaders on the Nifty were Hero MotoCorp (up 5%), Ambuja Cements and ITC (up 1% each). Reliance Communications, Reliance Infrastructure, Axis Bank (down 12% each), ICICI Bank and Reliance Capital (down 11% each) were the top losers in the index.
Headline inflation declined from 9.44% in June to 9.22% in July, the lowest in eight months. Although inflation has shown signs of moderation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is unlikely to change its monetary tightening measures as rate of price rise is still at intolerable levels.
Food inflation too was lower at 9.03% for the week ended 6th August from 9.90% in the previous week. Food inflation which was in double-digits for most of 2010, showed signs of moderation in March, before rising again to a four-and-a-half month high of 9.90% end-July.
Morgan Stanley has reduced its GDP forecast for the current fiscal from 7.8% to 7.4% and for the year ending 31 March 2013 from 8% to 7.6%. This week, the global brokerage firm also lowered its year-end target for the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex by 15% to 18,850, saying that oil prices, inflation, high rates, slowing growth and the spate of corruption scandals were some of the factors that could affect the performance of the market.
With the domestic auto market on a slide, Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki have cut production. The automobile industry is bracing itself for possible single-digit sales growth this fiscal.
In July, domestic passenger car sales fell for the first time, after 30 months of growth, registering a 15.76% decline. This is attributed to the steep hike in lending rates as well as higher fuel prices. In contrast, autos recorded a phenomenal 29.72% growth at 19,82,702 units last fiscal.
Still, car makers are hoping that a slew of new launches, among these Maruti Suzuki's Swift, Honda's new Jazz and Brio, Volkswagen's Jetta, and the recently-introduced Beat diesel by General Motors India will help revive the market.
As the markets slipped for a fourth consecutive week, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that this was not the right time to sell government stake in state-owned companies. The government had originally planned to mop up Rs40,000 crore from stake sales in various public sector units.
"We cannot sell our valuable assets in a market situation where we will not get the adequate prices," Mr Mukherjee said. He said that the whole objective was to discover the latent price which is not known.
Bipasha Basu (on twitter): A big cheer for Dabbawalas for supporting Anna! And more power to Anna!
A note on Wall Street Journal on the action by Dabbawalas:
Shekhar Kapur: This is not just about the Lokpal Bill. It's about the people of India sending a clear message that they are taking their destiny into their own hands.
Video of protests in Hubli:
Arvind Kejriwal: 15-day fast may go beyond the period
New Delhi: Team Anna Hazare on Friday said the 15-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill may go beyond the period depending upon the government's response to the agitation. Hazare's associate and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal said the 74-year-old Gandhian was actually planning a longer programme for the protest fast but there was a legal problem.
Kejriwal said Hazare's health was fine and was not a matter of concern.
Asked if statements coming out that Hazare's fast is indefinite and not a fast-unto-death was a climbdown, Kejriwal said, "There is no climbdown. Anna Hazare never used the word fast-unto-death. It is an indefinite fast. Anna used the word indefinite because it is more spiritual. Fast-unto-death seems a little more in the connotation of blackmail."
Replying to a question about the possibility of certain organisations and individuals in the movement becoming violent, he said, "You have seen the movement so far remaining non-violent. This shows the spirituality of the entire movement."
Short rallies in DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon, in support of Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare fever spreads to Hong Kong, Singapore; expat Indians join protests
BEIJING: The Anna Hazare fever has spread to Hong Kong and Singapore with expatriate Indians holding relay fasts, meetings and demonstrations. More demonstrations and a drive to raise funds for the movement back home have been planned over the weekend.
Volunteers posted at the entry gates of subway stations in Hong Kong are distributing a two-paper leaflets explaining why it was necessary for Indians living abroad to express their support for the anti-corruption movement and comparing the official and the Anna Hazare versions of the Lokpal Bill.
"We are telling people we should share the pain felt in India over issues like corruption. Sharing the nationality is not enough," said Dilip Pandey, a Hong Kong-based IT expert, who played a key role in organising a meeting attended by 80 local Indians last Sunday. Pandey, his wife and another local Indian have been on relay fast for the past two days.
Another meeting is scheduled for the coming Sunday when Pandey and his friends expect a larger turnout. Plans include launching a fund-raising drive to send donations for the Jan Lokpal movement in India. They also plan to collect signatures of the attendees on a memorandum to be submitted to the Indian Consulate in Hong Kong.
"We also want to approach the United Nations saying that the main principals in the UN Convention against corruption have not been implemented in India," Pandey said.
A group of Indians based in Singapore has approached the local police for permission to hold a meeting at the Speaker's Corner, a place designated by the government for the purpose of holding protests. They are also implementing a signature drive in order to submit a memorandum to the Indian High Commissioner demanding implementation of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
"We are expecting the permission to come through soon. We have provided the police with details about the nature of our demonstration including the banners we will be carrying and protest T-shirts to be worn by us," Aashis Sharma, a financial consultant organising Indians in Singapore, said.
Singapore is holding its presidential election on Saturday. Sharma expects the police to give him permission to hold the meeting on another day. "There is a huge amount of interest from Indian citizens involved in a wide range of professions in Singapore," he said. He expects at least 700 people to turn up at the forthcoming meeting.
Indians in Hong Kong were early starters submitted a memorandum to the local Indian Counsel-General on April 9 and holding a bicycle rally with volunteers wearing T-shirts carrying the "India Against Corruption" logo on April 16. Two local Indians, Sailesh Saraf and Ajay Sharma have already gone to India to join the Anna Hazare movement.
Anand Mahindra (on twitter): Comforting that media-savvy young India's image of an iconic leader is not a photogenic & Clintonesque character but a simple septuagenarian.
Kiran Bedi (on twitter): Just been informed that nine opposition political parties have asked government to withdraw their Lokpal Bill and table an effective one.