While the role of social media in Middle Eastern revolutions have been widely debated in popular media, young people in India have been flocking to social media as a way to spread the anti-corruption movement. SenGupta reports:
During 2008, [my agency] INgene reported the growing anger and irritation among youth in India against corruption and now the obvious outbreak is visible through Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption. Earlier, I have also mentioned how Internet is giving power to people to be aware of corruption and put their voices against corruption. The awareness is spreading faster throughout the country among younger generation of India and growing anger is clustering into protests even in cities throughout the country.
This is the time for an apolitical revolution against corrupted individuals in politics, government officials, and social classes, and this is the first time in India that politicians were politely denied the right to join in with Hazare on stage so that nobody can gain any political advantage from it. “We’ve decided that politicians can’t come upon the stage. If they want to come and listen, like the public, they can sit in the audience, not with me or on the stage. We’ve decided that no politician will be allowed to manipulate our movement,” said Anna Hazare, who is on fast-unto-death demanding a strong anti-corruption law.
A new tactic of movement against corruption, which Anna Hazare coined as “Swaraj and Shivaji” (non-violent yet aggressive) is spreading through social networks, micro blogging sites, bulk mails, and SMS, which are considered as more reliable and “non-corrupted” media to spread the awareness other electronic and printed media. It’s reported that more than 40,700 netizens have already joined the Facebook page of the movement “India Against Corruption.” Support is even pouring from Indian students in Oxford.