Remo pens song for Hazare campaign

Panaji: Goa musician Remo Fernandes has penned an anthem for Anna Hazare`s campaign against corruption, saying it is his "tiny contribution" to the movement.

The well-known Bollywood singer and music director said on his YouTube channel: "This free song is a tiny contribution to Anna Hazare`s `India Against Corruption` movement. Share it, spread it as much as you like."

The song, also titled "India Against Corruption", was uploaded Friday.

Remo`s song touches every aspect of the activist`s struggle against corruption and begins with a satiric, rhyming invocation to the motherland, "India shining, my motherland… India Shining, in Switzerland", in a not so oblique reference to the reports about the billions of dollars hoarded away by the Indian elite in Swiss banks.

Invoking people to back Hazare, the song, which has been written by Remo along with Shyam Banerjee, has also credited another famous pop group, Microwave Papadums, for lending additional voices.

Remo, who has virtually launched a volley of comments in Hazare`s support on his official Facebook page, says in his song that "if you are not against corruption, then you are corrupt yourself".

"I am an Anna supporter. Pure and simple. If you don`t agree with him, stay away from this page," Remo says on his page.

Meanwhile, Remo`s fans cheered his initiative.

"Remo, you always have been one of the forerunner of many social causes. May your inspiration n likeness filter down so a few (wish for many) may follow in ur inspired footsteps (sic)," posted Ivan Souza from Dubai.

"Great song!!! We should use this song as the theme song for the latest crusade," said John D`Costa, owner of a production house in Goa.

Remo has also made political statements earlier with an album titled `Politicians don`t know to Rock n Roll`, which was released in 1992 by Magnasound. The hit album had several tracks critical of the establishment, in light of the communal violence prevalent at the time.