The anti-corruption agitation led by Anna Hazare saw followers in Canada also. The IITians in Canada went on a day-long fast in support of Anna Hazare's initiative for a tougher Lokpal Bill to address corruption in India.
According to sources, It was reported that "The IITians didn't gather at one place in a demonstration. They observed the fast in Their offices- in a silent way.About,56 IITians, their spouses and friends were involved in this gesture in support of Anna Hazare's crusade.The IITians were reportedly felt very happy that after so many years of Independence, the country is finally paying attention to the deep rooted Corruption. This indicates the effort to eradicate corruption from India's public institutions. Though he has ended his fast, only a part of the problem has been addressed. Now, we need to support Hazare to get the law enacted and implemented in its true spirit.
Arvind Kejriwal, who is involved with Anna Hazare's campaign, is a proud IITian who played a crucial role in ushering the right to information (RTI) Act in India.They recall Satyendra Dubey of IIT Kanpur who gave his life in his quest for not allowing corruption in the construction of India's national highway.
The Canadian IITians said, "We understand that this awakening is just the beginning with many obstacles, including resistance from the current generation of politicians. But we are confident that right thinking Indians with the support of Indo-Canadian Diaspora will continue the struggle till India can hold its head high among the nations of the world with high standards of governance. Let the old India with high moral fibre re-emerge.''
The IITians are sending a signed memorandum to Kejriwal in support of Anna Hazare's initiative against corruption.