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NRIs show solidarity for Anna Hazare's cause

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Anna Hazare’s movement for corruption-free India has reverberated with the country’s diaspora.
  • NRIs show solidarity for Anna Hazare's cause
    NRIs show solidarity for Anna Hazare's cause

    annahazarelokpalbill_288Indian social activist Anna Hazare’s movement for corruption-free India has reverberated with the country’s diaspora. Many Indians settled abroad have become a part of movement by organising demonstrations of their own in various countries.

    NRIs in US throw their weight behind Hazare:

    Indian students protested outside the Indian embassy in Washington and Indian-Americans held spontaneous sit-ins outside Indian consulates across the US.

    "As Hazare was put in jail yesterday, we took to the streets and did a jail bharo emulation," said California-based computer programmer Sreekanth Kocharlakota, who is an active member of People for Lok-Satta, a community organisation.

    "At midnight, we went to a 24-hour Walmart and bought $1 kids' handcuffs. We handcuffed ourselves and protested on the streets in Los Angeles. There were police around, but we were engaging in a peaceful demo for India."

    They expressed their support for Hazare and the millions of Indians who are demanding the Jan Lokpal Bill to end corruption in India.

    "Though we are NRIs, we are concerned for the growing corruption in the country and its effect on the common man," said Sasidhar Kalagara.

    In Los Angeles, around 150 members of the Indian American community gathered at the Civic Centre Plaza to show their support for Anna Hazare on the eve of Independence Day.

    The event was organised by People for Loksatta and India Against Corruption's Los Angeles unit.

    The rally was attended by people from various cities including Los Angeles, San Diego and Boston. The slogans chanted by Hazare's supports were, 'We support Anna Hazare', 'We want Jan Lokpal', 'Vande Mataram' and 'Jai Hind'.

    At the rally, NRIs took a pledge of not giving in to corrupt official's demand for a bribe at Indian airports.

    Canada NRIs support Anna's cause:

    Non-resident Indians in Canada came out in support of Gandhian leader Anna Hazare for his fast unto death demanding the enactment of a comprehensive Jan Lokpal bill to eradicate corruption in India.

    "We Indo-Canadians fully back Anna Hazare's action to salvage India's reputation. The country's image has been sullied by corruption. Commonwealth Games, 2G and housing society scams are the latest in the long list of big scandals in India. As a person of Indian origin, I am very disturbed and feel ashamed of the rampant corruption in my ancestral land,'' Vancouver-based social activist Balwant Sanghera said.

    IITians in Toronto went on a day-long fast on April 14 in support of Anna Hazare's crusade for a tougher Lokpal Bill to combat corruption in India.

    Members of the IIT Alumni Canada (IITAC) observed fast in their corporate offices and working places.

    "We didn't gather at one place in a demonstration. Dozens of us observed the fast in our offices in our individual way. In all, 56 IITians, their spouses and friends were involved in this gesture in support of Anna Hazare's crusade,'' Chander Dhawan, former president of IITAC, said.

    The Canadian IITians are sending a signed memorandum to Kejriwal in support of Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption.

    NRI delegation from Dubai:

    A 20-member NRI delegation from Dubai arrived in Delhi to support Anna Hazare after cutting short its month-long vacation.. "We saw things unfolding on TV and decided that we have to go to Delhi and support Anna. We have a strong Indian Diaspora in Dubai and feel ashamed when people say India is one of the most corrupt countries," said KK Bose, a Dubai-based lawyer.

    The delegation will join Anna's movement on Delhi's streets till Thursday.

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