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Anna Hazare's Letter to All Indians

My dear fellow Indians,

A decisive battle against corruption has begun. We are not
against any political party. We want systemic reforms. We want a
corruption-free India.
After all, what are the people asking for – a strong anti-corruption
law which provides for honest and time-bound investigations and
trials that result in jail for the guilty, confiscation of embezzled
money and their dismissal from service?
Are we asking too much?
For two months, we were talking to the government.
Government seems unwilling to take even small steps against
corruption. Government appears insincere. We have met all
prominent political leaders. We have tried everything.
What do we do now? When I announced my indefinite fast from
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16 August, the government threatened that they would crush us
the way they crushed Baba Ramdev's peaceful agitation.
Friends, this is a historic opportunity. We can't afford to lose it. We are determined to fight to the end. If they
arrest us, we will peacefully offer ourselves. If they use batons and bullets, we will happily lay down our lives
but will not leave the place. We will not retaliate. It will be a completely non-violent movement.
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“If you fast on 16 August, you will be crushed” – this is what they are saying. “We will impose section 144 on
Jantar Mantar” – this is what they are thinking. But I say that if every citizen in this country takes off from his
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work from 16 August, comes on the streets in front of his house, at the crossing, with a tricolor in his hands
shouting “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and raising slogans against corruption, they will fall short of batons and bullets.
The government may arrest one Anna Hazare but how will they arrest 120 crore Anna Hazares? They may
impose section 144 at one Jantar Mantar but will they impose section 144 on the whole country?
And let me tell you – the police and army is with us. At traffic signals, policemen stop us, express their support
and wish us well; at Raj Ghat, the policemen donated generously for the movement!
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So, will you take off from your work from 16 August? Will you descend on the streets with me?
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This year, the country will wait for 16 rather than 15 August.
In solidarity,
Anna Hazare
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