Online Activism of Team Anna Hazare

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Sreeja Sasidharan,AJKMCRC

Last year India witnessed a major civil society movement under the leadership of Mr Anna Hazare which was against corruption in the country. This particular movement got much attention in the online media especially social networks, blogs and micro blogs etc. The team’s effort was to introduce Janlokpal(People’s Ombudsman) bill in Indian Parliament in which prime minister ,mps should come under this. The corruption reports on Commonwealth Games, 2G spectrum, Adarsh Flats etc,were the key factors that prompted Hazare team to work for passing the Jan Lokpal Bill. The Non Violent/Gandhian means of protest were adopted by them like Sathyagraha, sit –one s,etc. The group also communicated their ideas through the cyber space incorporating various tools like social networking (Facebook),micro blogging (Twitter), Video Sharing (You Tube) Blogs and websites. DEFENITION

The advent of ICT the individuals, communities as well as the commercial institutes and the government information and means of communication is now opened their own windows in the cyber space which makes human being as the digital being. The mobilization of cohorts and organization of events are now done by advanced technology like e-mails, shares and likes. Since it has become the part of routine life of the people, it is now used widely as a means of activism. It is also argued that many recent social movements would be less active or effective without e-mail and internet. It can be termed numerously like digital campaigning, digital activism, online organizing, electronic advocacy, cyber activism, e-campaigning and e-activism, etc According to Vegh (2003) Online activism has been defined a politically oriented movement that functions using the,the activist may use the...
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