The year 2011 was defined by the Anna Hazare-led agitation against corruption. The fakir from ralegaon siddhi shook the bastions of power in Delhi to their foundations. Even the middle class and the elite, who normally confine themselves to drawing room discussions on politics, joined the movement and took to the streets. Arvind Kejriwal played a key role in this agitation. The main demand of the group was the implementation of the Lok Pal Bill. Many promises were made by the political class, but nothing much actually happened – the bill has still not been passed by Parliament. This book shows us the way forward, what we the people and what the opinion makers and political establishment in India can do to achieve true Swaraj – Lok Pal is only one facet of this true devolution of power to the people. Kejriwal’s vision deserves consideration by anyone who wants power to vest with the people, not with netas.
About the Author :
Arvind Kejriwal is a social activist fighting for transparent and participatory governance. He is considered to be one of the main architects of the Jan Lokpal movement or the Anna movement, which shook the nation in 2011.
He graduated in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1989 and joined Tata Steel. In 1992, he joined India Revenue Service (IRS). He took a long leave from the government in the year 2000 to set up an NGO, Parivartan. In 2006, he resigned from the government.
In 2006, he was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work on Right To Information (RTI).
A Small Idea for Big Change
By ratnesh kumar,
hanakyaa once said, "One must not ignore a change just because it is small. A seed is tiny, but within itself it harbors the possibility of vast creations."
MESSAGE of THE BOOK:
This book, revolves around the concept of "Swaraj", in other words "Rule of Village Panchayat" or "Rule by self". By definition the concept may appear flawed and unpragmatic. But point is, one does not has to agree with this concept or what ever has been proposed by Mr. Arvind Kejariwal.
What one can not deny agreeing to is- we need an inevitable change- a Change in the System, a change in our thought process, and the way we see and perceive India.
Better, consider this book as a seed of "Idea for Change". Swaraj is just one of the option(s)- till you have a better option.
DATA AND INFORMATION:
The writer has been an IITian, an IAS officer (rank of Joint Tax Commissioner and so on). So, one thing you can be rest assured, technically the data and information are authentic and recommendations are acceptable at least on pilot basis if not universally. You can't fault Kejariwal for his sincerity.
Whole of the 150 odd pages revolve around the concept of Swaraj. There are many relevant stories, studies and observations. Janlokpal, anti corruption or or some other laws can only treat the symptoms of current political system. To completely cure it we definitely need some substantial changes. You can also refer to The Fakir Belief on Tehelaka.com to learn bit of Gandhi's concept of Swaraj (something he talked about on 29.01.1948-the day before he was killed.)
Go for it. Hardly 2-4 hr read. Don't expect something you don't know. Rather, this book expects you to think over whatever you know.
An eye opener
By Manoj Agarwal,
A must read for those who are interested in political issues or how our government works etc..
For example, I never realised that in our current system we vote once and then for next 5 years we have no control over how the government money is spent, what policies are set, over the public servants etc..
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