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delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2011 00:11 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

“Where are the corporate bigwigs who had written to the prime minister bemoaning corruption? Should they also not be joining this mass movement and spreading awareness since the movement is for making the system better and not against any particular political party?”

Within minutes after the administrator of the Facebook page of India Against Corruption movement posted the question, netizens started posting their comments.

“Shameless corporates can only recommend politicians to PM and party leader but they wont support this movement (sic),” posted Ashwin Somkuwar.

“Don’t blame corporates alone. Common man is equally responsible for it,” said Sumit Nene.

Nene and Somkuwar are among more than 40,000 people who “Like” the Facebook page of India Against Corruption. The campaigners have extensively made use of technology vis-à-vis social networking sites and SMSes to reach out to the people apart from the conventional media.

The Facebook page, started since December 2010, has been slowly gathering mass. “But the spurt was seen in the past two days. From about 25,000 fans, the group has swelled to more than 40,000 as on April 6 evening,” said Shivendra Singh Chauhan, page administrator.

The page is uploaded round- the-clock with photos, videos and links to important news reports. As part of the India Against Corruption campaign, social activist Anna Hazare, along with, 200-odd people has embarked on a fast-unto-death, demanding an anti-corruption bill.

“Many amongst these followers are our baseline volunteers. They are the ones who actually came out on the street for the campaign,” said Chauhan, a communications industry professional, who is volunteering for the cause.

Microblogging site twitter, too, is being used to garner support for the movement. Ranging from celebrities like Rahul Bose to every one who can tweet, people poured out their feelings. Tweeted Rakesh2390, “Who is Anna Hazare? Today, Anna Hazare is the face of India’s fight against corruption.”

Meanwhile, has registered over 5,70,000 supporters. “People are downloading the draft Jan Lokpal bill to understand what we want to say,” said an organiser.