Saturday, April 11, 2015

Re: [IAC#RG] India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes

Dear Raminder Singh

I was there at Jantar Mantar as part of a motley group of people when Shri Shambhu Dutt started his  Fast unto Death ?. Witnessed the drama that ensued with Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi etc going through motions of persuading him to give up his fast. I learnt later, from a close colleague of Shri Shambhu Dutt that his agreeing to break his fast was a pre arranged thing.

I lost some of my respect for the man that day.

Now I refuse to believe that Anna, Arvind or Kiran will ever do anything substantive towards setting up the Lok Pal or to otherwise root out corruption. The effort has to come from ordinary people sans political ambition.

I believe, Narendra Modi has put fear in the minds of his ministers resulting in much reduced corruption in high places but these people are belierved to be resentful of Modi for having done so. There is no visible impact on daily corruption at lower and intermediate levels of governance perhaps because Modi's message has either not reached them or this has not been transmitted to them by his ministers.

Brig R S Chhikara

From: Raminder Singh <>
To: indiaresists <>
Sent: Friday, 10 April 2015 7:12 PM
Subject: Re: [IAC#RG] India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes

Dear GSSB / S.K Aggarwal

I recall the month of January 2011 very well because I was in India reporting on it for the UK media.

Shambhu Dutt Sharma was the Vice Chairman of TI and was on a pre-announced fast for Lokpal along with 5 others which had been announced in August 2010. It was known that the jittery Congress leadership got Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Agnivesh and Sri Sri Raviishekaran to visit Sharma to call off their fast unto death. GSSB's then Secretary Ashok was also backing these persons to appeal the fast to be called off. However, the IAC's convenor Sarabjit had written to GSSB, like Justice Nath, not to trust these people and to carry on the fast.

The end result is that due to those known corrupt persons the Lokpal movement now lies in ruins. The Lokpal when it is established is certain to be the most corrupt body in the country.

As I have generally found Sarabjit's team reporting to be fair and balanced, you should visit their website and read what they have to say on this subject - The real Lokpal movement of GSSB and how "Team Anna" hijacked it.


On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 1:48 PM, Gandhian Satyagraha Brigade <> wrote:
Dear Shri Raminder Singh,

Thanks for forwarding the Economic Times report by Nidhi about Kejriwal's role in the movement for Lokpal Bill.  

In this connection, we wish to inform you that the movement for the enactment of "OMBUDSMAN" –LOKPAL BILL – creating LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUTAS in the states was undertaken some 46 years back.

The Gandhian Seva & Satyagraha Brigade (formerly LOK SEVAK SANGH) along with TI India started a crusade for this LOKPAL  (OMBUDSMAN) and effective implementation of Citizens' Charters & Prevention of Corruption Act in the Gandhian way decade ago. Apart from requesting through regular communications to various important personalities, including the Prime Ministers and heads of all the leading political parties, they resorted to Satyagraha in the Gandhian way and Fast-unto-Death many times.  They have repeatedly received assurances of various dignitaries, including the then Prime Minister (Late) Shri I K Gujral.

The TURNING POINT in this crusade came during the fast-unto-death on  January 30th,  2011, when after the rally for Jan Lokpal by Shri Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan, his then associates including Swami Agnivesh, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Father Dominique and Advocate Prashant Bhusan,  came straight from Ramlila Maidan to New Delhi's Jantar Mantar where the then 93 year old (now in his 97th year) Freedom Fighter and Gandhian Shri Shambhu Dutta Ji was sitting on "FAST UNTO DEATH" with his other colleagues. They made a passionate and forceful plea to him and his colleagues to break his fast onto death and give his blessings to them to carry on this crusade and for its success.  Kiran Bedi also said to Shri Shambhu Dutta Ji, "I am sitting at your feet and will not get up till you end your fast" since he is quite elder even to her father and hence now it is their responsibility to ensure the enactment of Lokpal.

Let our Republic grow from strength to strength where every citizen is provided an effective grievance redressal mechanism & feels safe. We all see each other as Indians only irrespective of caste, colour or creed.

It is just for your information.

Thanks & regards,
S K Agarwal,
Gen Secy.

On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 7:12 AM, Raminder Singh <> wrote:
Economic Times reports a very interesting development in AAP politics, Kejriwal abandons Gandhigiri and chooses the confrontational path of Bhagat Singh.


India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes

IAC  has proposed a new series of currency notes to counter fake currency in circulation. Proposal has been sent to RBI to honour freedom fighters

By NIDHI SHARMA, ET Bureau | 7 Apr, 2015, 01.22AM IST

NEW DELHI: India Against Corruption, which was an umbrella initiative for anti-corruption crusade and Lokpal campaign, has decided to start a "No Gandhi" campaign against counterfeit currency. In its first major campaign after Lokpal, when Arvind Kejriwal had led a splinter group to start Aam Aadmi Party, India Against Corruption has proposed a new series of currency notes to counter fake currency in circulation. IAC has sent a proposal to RBI to introduce currency notes honouring other Indian other Indian heroes of the Independence movement. IAC has proposed that Rs 100 denomination notes with Mahatma Gandhi series be replaced by images of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rs 500 notes with Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj image, Rs 1,000 notes with Rabindranath Tagore image and Rs 200 with Tipu Sultan series.

Speaking to ET, IAC national convenor Sarbajit Roy said, "This is not a suggestion or representation but a formal request from IAC movement for grievance redressal to safeguard the integrity of the Indian state. In case RBI does not take steps to address these concerns, we would stop accepting the currency notes in circulation and start a "No Gandhi" movement.

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