Indian-Americans in US celebrate Anna`s victory

Last Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 12:55

New York: Indian-Americans here celebrated
Parliament`s endorsement of social activist Anna Hazare`s
three key demands on Lokpal Bill, saying it demonstrated the
power of the people and of the Indian democracy.

Volunteers of the `India Against Corruption` organisation
in New Jersey and Boston held gatherings in support of Hazare,
hailing his victory against corruption in the country.

The passage of the resolution on the bill "is a victory
of the Indian people and the Indian democracy," IAC volunteer
in New Jersey Deepak Gupta said.

He said Indians around the world have been closely
following Hazare`s 12-day fast and the parliamentary debate on
the Lokpal Bill.

After the resolution was passed, Gupta said a handful of
Indians carried out a march in New Jersey waiving the
tricolour, carrying banners, distributing sweets and singing
the national anthem.

Hazare`s campaign brought the people of India together
and "we now see what their unity and resolve has achieved,"
Gupta added.

The India Against Corruption`s Boston chapter organised a
gathering at Harvard University, in solidarity with the
anti-corruption movement in India, the chapter`s member Suman
Kumar said.

People turned out in large numbers for the gathering and
were "jubilant" at Hazare`s victory in sowing the seeds for a
historic anti-corruption law for India.

"Anna has proved stronger than Irene," Kumar said
referring to the hurricane smashing the US east coast.

"There is a feeling of satisfaction on this initial
victory but the battle has just begun and we pledge our
support to Hazare for his long-term fight," Kumar added.


First Published: Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 12:55

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