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Christians join anti-corruption rally

Indians must do more to stamp out social evil

Christians join anti-corruption rally
An anti-corruption protest in New Delhi
Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi

January 31, 2011

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Some 2,500 Indians from all religions, including Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Delhi, protested in the capital on Jan. 30 against rampant corruption across the country. The rally also marked the 63rd anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of India’s freedom struggle. “Corruption arises when money becomes more precious than a person,” Archbishop Concessao told after the protest at the Ram Lila Ground in New Delhi. India Against Corruption, a forum comprising people from all religions, organized the protest. Similar rallies were held in 55 cities across the country. Archbishop Concessao lamented that Indians have failed to uphold the country’s constitution that seeks to establish an egalitarian, just and non-discriminatory society. “Corruption is injustice and injustice promotes corruption,” he said. Kiran Bedi, a former police officer and winner of the Magsaysay Award for Public Service, said a series of scandals involving top politicians and bureaucrats in the last few months had shaken the nation’s conscience. Bedi, the country’s first female police officer, said the campaign against corruption is not aimed at any particular political party. “Every political party has misused power whenever it got a chance to rule. Therefore, it is extremely important that citizens unite to demand systemic changes,” she told the gathering. Bedi also noted that no politician has been punished for corruption despite there being sufficient evidence for prosecutions. Muhammad Badani, a Muslim leader who addressed the rally, said corruption was as bad as terrorism since both affect ordinary people severely. Another speaker, Swami Agnivesh, said it was a tragedy that corruption has rendered more people poor. “I hope this movement will raise awareness among people to fight against corruption,” the Hindu reformist leader said.   Related reports Bishops take aim at Indian corruption Bible values can fight corruption, bishop says   IC13085.1639
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