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COMMENT by Ramesh Wasudeo on “propose indefinte fast” by Sandeep from August 6th 2006

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 6, 2006

“propose indefinte fast”

FROM Author : ramesh wasudeo 
E-mail : ramesh.wasudeo@gmail.com

don't. you may get some publicity but NO results. one has to be a
celebrity to be taken seriously. in Mumbai Azad Maidan, there are 5-6 hunger
strikers sitting on any day for different causes. no one takes notice of.
spare yourself some useless punishment.

your fast will hardly stir the government. getting agitated is one
thing but getting result is another.

what i suggest is that you start building a base in UP by touring
extensively in villages and educate villagers to fight against corruption and
Govt apathy. most villagers will buy your arguments if you go to them
as a common man seeking support for removal of poverty, injustice,
scams, speed money, land mafia, police atrocity, ration mismanagement,
adulteration, lack of health facilities and rampant corruption. 

you will need 2-3 years to build rural base. you will then be feared by
politicians and get recognition as power to recon with and media will
give you support.

once you are armed with stature and mass support, your hunger strike
will carry weight. so don't be over sensitive. without base, you will be
fighting a unilateral useless battle. please spare your self and diver
your energies in developing mass base.


———- Forwarded message ———-
> From: asha <ashaashram@yahoo.com>

> Date: 04-Aug-2006 07:00

> Subject: propose indefinte fast
> dear friends,
> i have been contemplating beginning an indefinite fast to protest against
> the cabinet decision to exclude file notings and other things from the RTI
> Act for a few days now. because of the decision to table the draft of the
> amendment in the parliament sooner than later now it has created a situation
> of urgency.

i feel the time has come for taking this difficult decision and > i feel that i can contribute most strongly in building pressure on the > government by undertaking this action. i’m reaching delhi on 5th morning and > would like to begin my fast from 6th august, 2006. of course, it would help > if more people join. i’m posting this in advance to seek opinion of other > people who feel equally agitated about this cabinet move and invite > suggestions as to how we could make it a more effective protest. > > love, sandeep > asha parivar > A-893, Indira Nagar, Lucknow-226016 > telephone: 0522-2347365, mobile: 9415022772


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