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IITians for Anna Hazare

Supporting Anna Hazare's anti-corruption crusade, well-known IITian Kanwal Rekhi on Friday welcomed the Indian government's decision to accept his demand for a stringent Lokpal Bill to clean up the system.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2011 10:50 IST

Supporting Anna Hazare's anti-corruption crusade, well-known IITian Kanwal Rekhi on Friday welcomed the Indian government's decision to accept his demand for a stringent Lokpal Bill to clean up the system.

"The government had no choice but to bow to Anna Hazare's demand. It is a welcome step and I hope it is the beginning of the cleansing of the corrupt Indian system," California-based Rekhi, who is the founder of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE), told IANS.

The millionaire businessman said India was "seeing the beginning of a new revolution. The government was left with no choice but to accept Anna Hazare's demand because the media is free and the government cannot manipulate information today as did in the good old days."

The IITian said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may be honest, but he cannot escape the blame for the mega scams under his watch.

"How can you call yourself an honest man when you allow the dirty pool of corruption around yourself?" he wondered.

"Nobody (rulers) wants change. Leaders will resist change. Why would they want somebody (Lokpal) to sit over them? But I am very happy that the people of India have forced the government to bend. It is a positive development.

"India will evolve... there is no doubt about it. But so long as the old generation is in power, it will be difficult. It is the new generation that will change things."

Rekhi said India would have to eradicate corruption if it has to join the ranks of super powers.

"You cannot become a super power if you cannot clean your house," he said.

A corruption-free environment is a must for businesses to flourish, he added.

"That's why India Inc. should support this crusade against corruption as it is businesses which have been paid the price. They are forced to pay to political leaders to survive."

However, the 66-year-old techie was satisfied after reading that the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) have come out in support of the anti-corruption crusade.

In Toronto, IIT Alumni Canada (IITAC) also came out strongly in support of Anna Hazare Friday.

"While the government of India has accepted Hazare's demands and Hazare will end his fast shortly, we should continue the support for this important cause. This is just the beginning. The end will be when the parliament of India passes the bill and the government starts implementing the proposed Lokpal bill - then an Act of the Indian parliament," said IITAC past president Chander Dhawan.