There we were, at Delhi's famous Ramlila Maidan, caught up in the fervour of the crowds thronging to hear and see Anna Hazare. Whole families were turning up in support, so were hawkers doing brisk business selling Anna caps, tricolour shawls and national flags.
Volunteers distributed food and drinking water. The scene was very orderly. There was no political colour at the meet but the mood was strongly against politicians.
Most felt Hazare was the right person to head the movement as his own integrity was unquestionable.
He might not be perfect, but a first step had to be taken, they said. Some voices we heard:Arvind Wable
Executive Director and CEO, Draftfcb ULKA
We must not sit on the sidelines and feel bad about corruption. We need to show solidarity on an issue that is affecting everyone. Movements need to be apolitical. When politicians lead them, they have other agendas.Rajeev Lalwania
Assistant Manager, NHPC
This is a movement for securing our future. There will not be another chance like this... Corruption is an old thing. The leadership is right now.
Cdr V.K. Jaitly
Ex- Navy, now an entrepreneur
It is harder to start a business in India than anywhere else. The number of licences one has to obtain to start one is repulsive.
Assistant General Manager, Terex
We have taken leave from our offi ces in order to support this noble cause of f ghting against corruption.Dinesh Nain
Chief Marketing Manager, Terex
Executives like us do believe in this movement. We don't want to pay bribes of any kind.Vipin Kumar
Partner Architect, IAD Studios, Gurgaon
Everybody is forced to pay bribe. I got my passport after nine months, only after I paid a bribe... So far this movement has been peaceful. If this issue is not addressed soon, violent people will take over.Rajen Makhijani
I have come from Singapore just to support Anna Hazare's campaign. The two things that cripple India are lack of infrastructure and institutionalised corruption. This revolution can change this country forever.G.C. Sharma
VP of the Federation of UP Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Today if you need a licence from the government or any offi cial papers, you can't get it without feeding government offi cials a fat bribe. Anna Hazare is one such fi gure that can resolve this mess.
Anand J, Dearton Thomas Hector and Manasi Mithel
|USE THIS TO BRIBE|
Zero currency note! But don't try to be funny if the bribe is essential to your business. Wait for Anna Hazare to win.
Link to site www. india.5thpillar.org
SO YOU PAID A BRIBE
Report your story, or see how your city fares on the bribery index. Bangalore is at No. 1 going by the amount of bribes reported. Delhi is No. 3. Do people in Bangalore really pay more bribes, or are they just more web savvy and frank?
Link to site www.ipaidabribe.com