We all know and are angry about the daily barrage and exposure of Corruption cases in all aspects of our life from Politicians, to Judiciary and even the Army in some cases. A movement against corruption is gathering pace in the non-partisan NGO level that focuses on corruption. Religious leaders have also gotten involved in this. Does this make the campaign more effective? How far is it acceptable and when does it cross the line. What are your thoughts? Some recent news articles Rally against graft in city on Jan 30 Intellectuals, civil rights activists, noted lawyers fighting against corruption, professionals from corporate sector, RWA members and school/college students would participate in a massive â€˜March Against Corruptionâ€™ to culminate at the Ram Lila ground on January 30. Claiming that a â€œdecisive battle against corruption in India has begunâ€, thousands of people would take to streets demanding enactment of a law to set up an effective anti-corruption bodies: Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta at state level. The march would see participation from Swami Agni-vesh, Kiran Bedi, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Archbishop of Delhi Rev Vincent M Conces-sao, Arvind Kejriwal, noted lawyers including Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan and Fali S Nariman here at Delhi. Members of National Advisory Council Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander too would be there. Large number of college students, professionals from corporate sector and others are likely to participate in the march. -------------------------------- Swami Agnivesh on Corruption and religious leaders Turning to today, do you see roles for religious leaders in fighting corruption? The issue of corruption has blown up recently and billions of dollars of cases are coming up to the government. With the Archbishop of Delhi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Ramdev , Maulana Mehmood Madani, and other religious social leaders, we have mobilized thousands of people from all over the country to take an active role in countering these problems. For the first time, religious leaders are coming together to speak against corruption, issuing statements and drafting proposals and bills to submit to Parliament. We will see how far the momentum will carry.. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katherine-marshall/revolutionary-religion-a-_b_834337.html -------------------- The Founders of the movement India Against Corruption, many include Religious leaders like Swami Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Maulana Mahamood Madani, Archbishop Vincent M Concessao, Swami Agnivesh, Mufti Shamoon Qasmi e.t.c. http://www.indiaagainstcorruption.org/aboutus.php --------------------- Yoga guru Baba Ramdev also had some radical ideas on punishment to the Corrupt Shoot the corrupt: Baba Ramdev People found guilty of corruption should be shot dead, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said on Sunday during a protest by his political party Bharat Swabhiman against alleged graft in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. "India needs to execute atleast 20 corrupt officials to terrorize those corrupt ministers who've made a fortune at taxpayers' expense," he said, alluding to the corruption allegation surrounding the Games ----------------------- Electing criminals and taking bribe to vote are sins: Deoband Knowingly voting for candidates with criminal record or taking a bribe to vote are un-Islamic and sinful. This was stated by Darul Uloom Deoband, the seat of Sunni Islam in India, in a fatwa (edict). "Voting is akin to giving testimony in Islam. By voting, a voter provides testimony that the candida te is suitable and would fulfil all duties. A false testimony is a sin," the seminary said, responding to a fatwa sought by the Ghaziabad-based Social Awareness Society. According to the electoral data, around 40% of candidates who get elected in India have a criminal record and voters are often courted with bribes. Former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami welcomed the fatwa and said: "As politicians fail to act, religious organizations have risen to the occasion."