New Delhi, Apr 6: Gandhian leader Anna Hazare's fight against corruption has attracted netizens in hordes on Facebook.
According to Times of India, the Facebook page created by the group has registered over 40,000 followers in one day, while more than seven lakh people from across the country have pledged support to the cause through mobile phone registration.
In the days of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation used to mobilize his supporters through dispatch of postcards and through words of mouth, but times have changed.
According to activist Arvind Kejriwal, a leading campaigner for the movement against corruption, the response from youngsters in particular is enormous.
“The social media is abuzz with our movement against corruption. Thousands of people from across the country are contacting us through Facebook and Twitter.
In at least 400 cities, youngsters are continuously joining in to help us with the logistics,” said Kejriwal. He said on Wednesday, students from several Delhi colleges and universities among others joined the agitation.
“In the US, Australia and several other countries, Indians are joining in, to support the public movement against corruption,” Kejriwal added.
On the Facebook page, minute by minute updates on Anna's messages, support to the cause from different sections of the society and government's response to the same are posted.
“It is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of India - a freedom struggle for freedom from corruption,” posted one Asha Singh on Facebook.
Anna Hazare told Times City that the positive response and active participation by so many youngsters is incredible.
"It will help us make the country clean of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. When I see the young faces and go through the messages of support posted by them through different social networking sites and other communication media, it really heartens me. It fills me with more energy and enthusiasm to carry on the crusade against corruption," he said.
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and cricketer Kapil Dev have also pledged support to the cause. Khan wrote to the Prime Minister on Wednesday, requesting him to agree to the legitimate demand of Anna.
"I am one of over a billion citizens of this country, who is affected by and most concerned about corruption…I request you to pay heed to the voice of Anna Hazare in appreciation for what he is fighting for," reads the letter. The actor said he went through the Internet to read about the Jan Lokpal Bill and agrees with its recommendations.