Social Media Fuels Anti-Corruption Drive In India
A Revolution Is Brewing in India. In the last few months, India has taken a revolutionary path against corruption which some say is the second struggle for independence for the country of nearly 1.25 billion people. Spearheading the movement is a man of modest means and demeanor but supernatural resolve, Anna Hazare.
His uncompromising spirit has motivated the usually slack middle class of the Indian plethora and metamorphosed them into a force that the all powerful UPA government is taking note of. For the first time in the 60+ years of independent history of India, the government is being forced to consider passing a bill in the parliament that has been drafted by the people of the state without any political affiliations. The Janlokpal bill, if it comes into existence would be instrumental in ceasing the biggest problem faced by India - corruption.
This modern day revolution, though based on the same principles of non-violence that gave India her independence, is fueled by social web instruments of the current times. Facebook and the web in general have become the mouthpieces for the revolution, especially in the times when even the media is being questioned on it's loyalties towards the ruling party. The organization is spotless. All cities have moderators who voluntarily provide their time and services to the revolution.
Each campaign starts off with a full blown online propaganda along with press conferences. The news agencies and media houses are in no position to ignore the massive wave that churns the social media and they report the revolution to those who do not have access to the Internet. The campaign is carried out in peaceful and conceited demonstrations and marches. The stories from these demonstrations reach the social media and the cycle continues to snowball into a fury.Continued on the next page