Group Discussion Topic: Is Anna Hazare another 'Gandhi' for India?

 | April 06,2011 12:42 pm IST

Today’s topic of debate—Is Anna Hazare another ‘Gandhi’ for India?


Anna Hazare, one of India's well-acclaimed social activists and former Indian army soldier, he is well known and respected for upgrading the ecology and economy of the village of Ralegan Siddhi, located in the drought prone Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state.


He has started a movement for passing a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal (ombudsman) bill in the Indian Parliament and has decided to fast upto death from 5 April 2011 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, to press for the demand to form a joint committee of the representatives of the Government and the civil society to draft a new bill with more stronger penal actions and more independence to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Ombudsmen in the states), after his demand was rejected by the Prime Minister of India Dr.

Manmohan Singh.


Earlier, Hazare sat on a dharna to protest against non-implementation of Right to Information Act. He also launched "Jail Bharo" Agitation against the Maharashtra Government's "illegal" decision to condone the irregularities in the Lavasa Lake City Project on the outskirts of Pune.


Hazare tryst against social and political irregularities has nonviolent approach, which may force one to compare him with the ‘Mahatma’.


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Sivaraman on 04/10/11 at 04:05 pm

Dear Sir,

India is actually waiting for a leader who can able to eradicate the evils of public life especially corruption. i am very sure that India is a wonderful country which can fight against the bad elements created by Politicians and Bureaucrats. Let Sri Anna Hazare be the beginning of a NEW ERA.

With Warm regards.


Guest on 08/30/11 at 10:49 am

I completely agree with you....let India become country of our dream...let it become an example for other nations

hari chandana on 01/31/12 at 09:58 am

iam also completely agreeing to your opinion sir.

TABASSUM KHAN on 04/12/11 at 01:48 pm

Dear sir,
INDIA is not simply a name of a country in this world. Its a place where different religon,different kind of people(hindu,muslim,..) lived together but after our independence, our Goverment divided it on the bases of our religion and caste. after that people who belongs to SC,ST,OBC,etc. can go for any kind of post not only with concession in their fees but also a concession of their mind. i m also belongs to OBC but reject these type of reservation because of this our county is also feeling a concession in this world. Consequently, these all are obstacles in the way of our country's growth.
Anna Hazare is just a starting against evils (i.e.corruption). we need more if we want growth not only for INDIA but also for its population.

vinay on 04/20/11 at 04:05 pm

so u hav told that u r a obc...i want to ask u....will u leave the reservation seat for a job...will u give ur xam as a general candidate...... bhai laddu bhi khalo tarif b mat karo...aise nhi hota...dum hai to na khud na apne bacho ko reservation lene dio

Pritish on 04/21/11 at 10:36 am

Hello Vinay

It seems u have not read Tabassum's comment here, "i m also belongs to OBC but reject these type of reservation"

she has clearly mentioned that she "reject" any kind of reservation, which does mean that she is not availing it

remember, nothing is gud or bad, but thinking makes it so

Arun on 08/28/11 at 12:24 pm

Vijay, take time to read properly man!!

pandeykaran on 04/18/11 at 03:35 pm

Hazare's comparison with Mahatma Gandhi is not justified. Presently, Anna Hazare is nowhere close to the conviction, belief and ideologies which made Mahatma Gandhi. Not once do I doubt the fact that Hazare is a pure nationalist and a man with the right intention who wants to clean the clutter in the country, but comparing him with the Mahatma is like calling a nascent spark a star.
I think comparisons of Hazare with Gandhi have come up because Gandhi epitomizes selfless leadership. Today people who are running our country are neither selfless nor true leaders, they are simply politicians. People had lost faith and they needed someone to look up to who had nothing to gain personally from the anti-government demonstrations, unlike the opposition. Because Anna Hazare gave some hope to people, he got such a tremendous support. People needed some way through which they could vent their anger. The desperate situation made a hero out of Hazare,which I wish he proves to be in times to come, but comparing him with mahatma is just too early.

Guest on 05/11/11 at 10:56 pm

Well according to me. There should not be any reservations as the concept of equality is enshrined in our constitution. Instead Education should be made free and compulsory upto the Graduation Degree Level for everyone. Already Right to Education is mentioned in the Directive Principles of the State Policy but is only upto 14yrs of age.

In this way the backward classes can get an opportunity to get well educated and can apply for jobs in private / public sectors.

Secondly there shall be no reservation in All India Services i.e.Civil Services like IAS, IPS, IRS etc OR State Services. Since there is reservation the backward class people join these types of jobs because it is easier for them to join such jobs and gain power. Finally the country's Administrative system gets affected. This can be explained with an example. When we talk about Paramilitary forces most of them are not ready to go forward and fight. This is because they have joined the service just for a JOB. If this is eradicated then aspiring people will have much better opportunities to join such services and progress could be seen in the overall administration. People who just need a job can go in any other services where the job is not life sensitive. If people are looking for Job Guarantee and because of that they are joining government services then our Government should implement anti-termination policies as practiced in a few european countries. For instance if an employee is terminated because of recession or something then it shall be the duty of the employer to reimburse the employee for that specific period with minimum compensation required for living OR the amt of salary at the time of termination. Insurance such as Job Insurance should be associated in every possible way.

This can help in bringing regulations in the democracy and soon our country will be a Developed one.

This way people can lead a happy and healthy life and the objectives of the constitution would therefore be followed in a correct, impartial and logical manner.

Nobody is against upliftment of the backward classes but it is better to find logical ways so that everybody shall be treated equally (which our constitution says) resulting in the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society automatically.

SAGAR PILARE on 05/29/11 at 12:16 am

Anna Hazare is not 'another Gandhi.' He is spurious Gandhi. He is an illinformed person. He plays to the gallery and uses gimmics to remain in limelight. Nowadays he has mastered the art of making contradictory statements because due to these U-turns he gets wide and quick publicity. e.g. he derided parliamentary democracy during his circus at jantar mantar. After the show was over, he expressed faith in parliamentary democracy. He was all praise for Sonia Gandhi then. Has recently criticized her as 'remote control.' Declared a dead-line for passing the Bill, then declared there was no such deadline, now again is announcing deadline. Praised Modi, now criticizes him. Claimed to represent the masses, then criticized them saying that they sell votes for a 100 rupees note, a saree and a bottle of liquor. He is a fixer. He first gets assurances and then pretends of the agitation. Probably, Mr. Sharad Pawar knew beforehand that anna was sitting for fast as he was sure of his demands being accepted. To avoid sitting together with foolish persons like anna and his coterie for drafting the Bill, Mr.Pawar seems to have opted out of the GOM. It was a good decision as these jokers are bent upon turning the drafting committee into a reality show.In fact, anna and his stooges should be expelled from the committee as they are useless for this purpose. They will only create hindrances in order to receive public attraction. Comparing anna with Gandhi is a great insult to the Mahatma.

kaka on 08/20/11 at 11:53 pm

Some draw back of anna,s lokpal
in my opinion pm should be fearless otherwise he cant rule strictly and properly.
Pl see insight the RTI ruled who has been passed by the effort of Annaji. As a common man this is good , but for the people who are in govt knows that RTI act is misused by the public and they are making money...doing corruption....Indian people does not deserve such acts and laws..the misuse of the law will be more than the use of the same. First of all people will have to be change there attitude.

When the public will realise....

In this way no clean men can do the job only gunda tatva will do the rule...

BIVAV KUMAR on 06/15/11 at 10:39 am

I THINK these politicians are exited we people for self use. one question arises in my mind when bjp was in government the why these black money topic was nt arises.

prachi on 08/18/11 at 08:19 am

i want to clear the thing why anti corruption bill hasnot arised in times of bjp is that black money bjp were having was,very less than the congress.
bjp has also make a corruption i agree,but the two things are different.
congress has corrupted with each 8rs of 10...while bjp has only corrupted with the 1 rupee of each 10.
kalmadi's fraud during common wealth games made all of us and anna to focus us on the anti corruption

Neetu on 08/18/11 at 10:51 am

I agree with Prachi, BJP was much much better than congress in term of Government. If we look the inflation then we can easily realize that in time of BJP government only the price of onion was hiked but in congress time each and every necessary thing for livelihood has become costly, grains are rotting in warehouses, but they can not able to sell it on lower price in market. Sharad pawar who is (Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) is not ready to take responsibility of these loss of food.

Suresh Kalmadi is the best example for showing the corruption of Congress government and only blaming kalmadi is not right Sheela Dixist is also equally corrupted.

And I can also say that Mr Manmohan Singh the great Great PM of our Country is only a remote control which is used by Gandhi family to play political game.

I think if we explain the reason then there will be shortage of space to write the details.

Guest on 08/31/11 at 09:27 am

i totally agree with u the gandhi family is d root cause of everything....if sonia gandhi & rahul gandagi....oops gandhi..are banished from our contry.india will b no.1

Guest on 09/17/11 at 09:06 pm

dude..get ur brain tested..mahatma gandhi n jawaharlal nehru have no blood relation..dnt speak shit if u do it in the morning...

simsinghal.9 on 06/16/11 at 11:50 am

Hello friends...I would like to initiate the discussion with the satement given by anna ji tht.."Mhatama Gandhi fought for our freedom...but yet we havnt achieve the independence...The 2nd struggle for independence has strted....We ae ready to scrifice our life but will not buckle under the pressure...".So in my views I blv Anna ji is aother for our country. We require these leaders or activist to eliminate the corrupted governmnt from the country.I wud lyk to state one exmple as if there are many cockroaches at ur home then u recently take any action to remove them...similarly we have to come frwrd to curb the corruption...Acc to Anna ji...Without Self-reliant and self-sufficient villages we cant realize the dream of india as a strong nation.....this can b achieved only through social commitmnt and involvmnt of a common man....

Anna ji also taken a good step for Model village.... "Adarsh gaon yojna"..He took a strong step for ....Uprooting alcholism, grain bank, Watershed development program, Milk production, Removal of untouchability, Education, Collective marigs, gram sabha and many more....

For all his contribution for the development of our country...i ll say he is a real activist or another Gandhi.

NAVDEEP on 07/28/11 at 07:59 pm

Anna Hazare is doing well, there is a need of such activist in India. He is not the Gandhi, he is just a follower of Gandhi. He has put his efforts for Jan Lokpal Bill, which is great anti-corruption bill. If it passes, Anna Hazare will get the credit.

But it seems very difficult to pass the bill. Because passing power is kept with politicians and bill is wholly against with them.

So they will try to their best to stop Anna's agitation.

Anyways we all are with Anna... God bless him

Guest on 08/19/11 at 07:02 pm

Respectes sir
At this point of time, where great social activist like anna hazareji, is keeping a hunger strike up to death, its a moral duty of every indain citizen , to make contribution , to make his movement successfull, by exprssing our gratitude towards this great man, who have taken tis initiative to fight this coruption.

we all indians must wake up to this fact, that this corruption is a root cause of may problems in our india. corruption is eating our resources,which we should not allow to happen.corruption is creating unemployment , under this corruption system , rich is becoming more richer , poor is becoming more poor and crime is taking in all forms.

so i request my all brothers and sisters of my country to kindly give respect to this gandhi follower and pray to our god , in making this movement successful for all indians

michael on 08/19/11 at 09:53 pm

i am not agree with prachi and neetu. BJP is not a good ruler to run a country. it is danger for the democracy of country if BJP will be on throne. BJP means Bharat Jalao Party.

richa on 08/20/11 at 09:30 pm

i m nt agree with michael.... BJP is the good or our the tym of BJP goverment our country always point to sky and goog for rular area.... so u shud see all feedback of the parties than tell..that it is called...

tijovlkm on 08/22/11 at 02:24 pm

tis is nt abt partys and their actions....... ofcourse all t partys hav their good and bad side bt what anna is doin is showing us the rit way to get rid of poverty and other problems faced by india......Anna Hazare says bring back the black money.
Do u knw wt will happn if 1.456 lac crz come back???
1. India Financially no:1.
2. Each district will get 60000 crz & 1 village get 100
3. No need 2 pay taxes 4 nxt 20 yrs. 4. Petrol 25 rs
Diesel 15 rs
Milk 8 rs
5. No need 2 pay electricity bill.
6. Indian borders will become more stronger than
china wall..... think about tat and act against corruption........ bharat mata ki jai

guest on 08/20/11 at 06:34 pm

my dear friends it is new era really if the jan lokpal gets pass in parliament
politicians are saying it is against constitution,constitution is not anything written by God and it can be changed for the betterment of society to completey eradicate corruption and by the way constitution has been amended many times in parliament for the selfish benefits of corrupted politicians who are the root cause of corruption prevailing in the country pm is a citizen of India, supreme court judge is a citizen of india and all mps and mlas are also citizens of india they are not exceptional to constitution they must also be brought under jan lokpal bill and corruption must be eradicated from the roots with no leakages

practical indian on 08/21/11 at 08:48 pm

Anna is fighting or fasting for good thing but will corruption stop?
No I don’t think so.
People in India are not at all practical in life.
They are very much influenced by Hindi movies.
Everybody has one aim in life to get married and of course to have children.
If not boy then again till boy.
If your income is 15000 RS and your expenses are 30000 RS?
What the person do first, he think for miracle from god like Hindi movies.
If that not work of course it will not work it works only in Hindi movies,
Only one thing left start cheating(becoming corrupt) wherever you work.
Government or private sector.
Problem is not corruption problem is population.
I have seen nobody raising voice against population I don’t know why?
How can you give birth to child if you can afford it??????????????????
Problem is living life not practically.
Mr Anna is very simple and honest man but he should know why corruption comes go in roots tell people not to have child if you cannot afford it.
I don’t know what ever comes out from this movement but corruption will not go unless you remove the main diseases of country that is population. You have to go in roots of this disease.
Don’t have child if you cant afford it.
Jai hind
Practical Indian

sonu gupta on 12/24/11 at 03:38 pm

ya, i agree with u.Indian should try to find the real problem due to which corruption increases.
1. need of a normal family.
2. how do they fulfill their need?
3. everyone should show their major income to govt. and all information should be kept secret.
4. hard rule for bribe(taking & giving).

SAURABH on 08/21/11 at 09:50 pm

I m saurabh truly allowance that why opposition party are not clear their vote
against jan lokpal bill. I believe if they vote against this bill they or their M.P. are fix against corruption they knows very well their M.P. all are corrupted.

Nitin agarwal on 08/24/11 at 05:44 pm

My name is nitin agarwal . as far as supporting anna hazare is concerned , i am totally in support of him. we all are the victims of corruption so if somebody raises a protest against corruption then we should support him.It is a human tendency to go against majority , so some people think that if everybody is supporting anna hazare then we should do something new and should speak against him. I request those people who have this type of mentality to think again and to support anna for this nobal cause.

Thank you.

Neetu on 08/25/11 at 04:01 pm

For me Anna is the real Gandhi as i have not seen Mahatama Gandhi.

Gandhi ji had protested against British Government but fighting and protesting our own people and government is more tough than fighting with others. So he is doing a very tough task and being an Indian we should support him.

So I am requesting all Indian to come and support anna and his protest against corruption

durga on 01/05/12 at 11:01 pm

really iam inspired by your words.
thank u Neetu..

Steph on 08/24/11 at 10:01 pm

respected sirs/maams,
in my opinion, Anna Hazare's goal is clearly correct though
the method of reaching his goal is quite improper. Yes, Anna is trying to free our beautiful country of corruption, but he is not elected.So he should therefore not meddle with parliamentary decisions. What if tommorow some popular person starts demanding ridiculous things and the government agrees just because of his/her popularity? Any Tom, Dick or Harry could rule this country. It would be anarchy. If Anna wants to put his point across, it would be more proper to stand for election and I am sure if he is popular enough, and has right on his side, he would get elected. It would go according to the norms and people would think twice before joining in the revolt.

Guest on 08/28/11 at 12:21 pm

Even if the parilament is filled with mostly corrupt politicians???

One might say you have to elect the right politicians. But the truth of the matter is that we do not have enough choice of good and bad politicians. We only have the choice of bad politicians who rose with money, power and illegal activities. We need a wider choice of candidates and we need electoral reforms around funding, support and illegal pressure from powerfull people who stops ordinary person from taking power positions.

anubhav singh on 01/22/12 at 10:29 pm

this is not anarchy brother..this is the beauty of a democracy....everyone has right to speak(article-19-1A). and in democracy it is not necessary to take part in electoral system to raise your voice because it allows working of pressure groups too. if u think that government by any mean attacking on your or your groups interest...u have right to speak for that...and anna ji not fighting for himself..he is fighting for a common and good cause.

erina on 08/24/11 at 11:20 pm

as per as my opinion anna hazare is really another gandhi for india because he is the only person of india who raise his voice against corruption & all those corrupt politicians who act as main hinderance in the development of our country.india has a population of 121 crores but among this huge population only one person(anna hazare) is taking an initiative to eradicate the corruption so i think we have to support him because if jan lokpal bill has been passed then i think 65% of corruption should be eliminated from our country.he is just like gandhiji because he raises his voice to remove corruption through techniques of non-voilence by observing fast as gandhiji do . he is trying to do all these things not for his own selfishness but only for the sake of our country so now it is our turn to do something for our country so what we have to do is to just support him in his kind deed because it is beneficial for our us & for our country's future.

atul on 09/01/11 at 08:50 pm

agar aana hazare nahi hote to aaj bhi india k logo may corruption k khilaaf aavaz uthane ka saahas nahi hota to ham sabhi jaante hay k govt. offices may apna kaam karane k liye log bhi rishwat dene may piche nahi hay,
yaani ki rishwat dene wala aur rishwat lene wala dono hi barabar k gunhegaar hay....india ki janata bhi corruption k hone may equally responsible hay ............ friends,shayad aapko meri baat achi na lage par ye sach hay ..agar corruption ko 99.9 % khatam karna hay to is desh k har ek naagrik ko ye pran karna hoga k vo kabhi bhi corrupt activities may involved nahi honge....Anna hazare is like god to me


Tarun Soni on 09/02/11 at 10:43 pm

Anna Hazare(Mahatma Gandhi) karoro saal jiye or des ke dushmno ke chekke chuda de
"Inqlab jinda bad

Kongress party murda bad "

minal bindal on 09/04/11 at 11:22 pm

i agree that 'inlo' is better than both bjP ND congress

Dhayaneshwar on 12/18/11 at 03:46 pm

SORRY ,Anna hazare cannot be compared to MAHATMA GANDHI...Gandhi ji was a poor weak old man who fought against british with a weapon of NON VIOLENCE...Corruption cannot be stoped untill common people realize it,so JAY HO BAPU!

Neetu on 12/20/11 at 03:50 pm

I do not agree with you Mr Dhayaneshwar. Anna ji also not a rich man and he is fighting against his own country people (corrupted people)and this is more painful. He is also not using any weapon of violence. Common people has realized the Corruption problem and success of Anna ji campaign is the proof of this, but they can not do it as these politician will not let them do any act which can re-leave us from corruption.

hari chandana on 01/31/12 at 09:55 am

i donot agree with your words sir.

A.THOMAS on 12/20/11 at 03:12 pm


Abhishek Kumar on 12/22/11 at 10:17 pm

hi, this is my opinion, the kind of movement has started by anna hazare is really excellent. Some way or other we all are corrupted, not only by giving or taking something but also hepling others to do so. Anna hazare has raised his voice against corruption and i think there is nothing wrong in it. but i also beleive the strong lok pal bill is not enough to eradicate corruption. we all have to make contribution for corruption free india.

durga on 01/06/12 at 12:02 am

dear friends,

i hav lisened that one of foreign president visted india and spoken that if indian people work together for 5 years the development will be more than 50 years of their present country.

their was great syaing by these words "at that time their was need of Lord krishna did 'lokakalyana' for the people.similarly need of gandhiji and he was sent and fought against for freedom towards british government,,
christ,mother tersa... Now the time has came up with 'Anna' for lokpal bill aginst coruption lets take part of each and every one to support anna to be part of it. vote ka hamara pas right hai woh hamar kaud ka hai responsibility hamari banthi hai.. fihght against coruption i support anna..

akshay chawla on 01/18/12 at 09:53 pm

i am with you anna dont stop fighting . fight against corruption and became new gandhi of india

Musab on 01/22/12 at 05:23 pm

nahh mahn lokpal cannot eradicate corruption.
Its not lokpal or Anna dat can bring change,its us who should strive to make it happen.
Anna is just playing to be next Obama

madan gopal brijpuria on 01/30/12 at 08:30 pm

निवेदन है कृपया ध्यान दे,
मे आपका सहयोग चाहता हू | ईश्वर कि कृपा से मेरे विचार मे एक आईडिया
आया है |
यदि आप भी उस आईडिया को उचित समझते हो तो आप का सहयोग चहिये |
भारत कि तात्कालिक समस्याए है भ्रस्टाचार ,आतंकबाद ,नकली नोट ,बेईमानी
,मिलावट खोरी ,दुराचार इन सभी पर काबू पाने के लिए सभी लोगो का मानना है
कि कड़े नियम बनाये जाये |जबकि जब से जो जो नियम बनते है उसी नियम को
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hari chandana on 01/31/12 at 10:01 am

we all are with you anna.dont stop.fight against chandana,yashoda,ragadurga.

Guest on 01/31/12 at 10:21 am

A great comparison of Anna and Gandhi.

Jai Hind on 02/03/12 at 02:07 am

I would like to know your views regarding reservation, can we fight for a system with reservation based on income rather than on caste, I have seen many many Indians suffering due to reservation and still are not able to do anything since it is a very sensitive topic.

Guest on 02/07/12 at 03:33 pm

I have been given topics for Group discussion:
1. Explioting is better than facing the world
2. Silence is better than courage.

Any comments for the same please......

Guest on 02/11/12 at 12:38 am

This quota systems seems to have divided not only the nation, but also ppl living here n there thinking. We will have to mutilate both hands of politicians together corruption and reservation. As using either they can climb up to the seat and be protected. Politicians should be educated, thr should be a minimum criteria for education after which only they should be able to apply for the seat. But in India person who is uneducated and has been a thief applies for the seat. I don't think only corruption hatao aandolan can clean our country. We cannot enforce rule on any one, as there is always a backdoor. Inorder for the country to be corrupt free the leaders mind should also be corrupt free, and this can only be brought through educated minds.