It seems that Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement hasn't just caused a stir and awakening in the nation but it has also made it to the list 'top 10 news stories in the world' for 2011 by 'Time' magazine.
'Anna', who is now a name that every Indian can reckon with, is famous for starting his movement against corruption which brought together the entire country together after a very long time.
The story 'Anna Hazare's Hunger Fasts Rock India' in the magazine says "Anna Hazare, a 74-year-old activist with a Gandhian air, commanded something of the Mahatma's aura when he embarked on a series of hunger strikes in protest of the graft that his supporters say pervades all strata of Indian society."
"Hazare's fasts - even the threat of them - triggered mass demonstrations of support across India's major cities and heaped pressure on the government to create an independent ombudsman body capable of investigating the nation's political elites - even the Prime Minister - and bringing the corrupt to justice."
The list, apart from Anna's movement, also features the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, President Hosni Mubarak end of regime in Egypt, the Utoya Massacre, Muammar Gaddafi's end of dictatorship on Libya, Europe's financial crisis and earthquake that hit the northeastern coast of Japan, among others.
Not only has Anna's movement, which included mass protest against corruption and hunger strike for Lokpal Bill, made it to the list but even the 'death of Sathya Sai Baba' has been named as one of the 'top ten religion stories'.
The death of the spiritual guru saw the entire nation in grief, including famous celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar in tears.
The magazine says, "Sathya Sai Baba was the most famous guru in India, the most prominent of what are called "godmen," with millions of devotees, many prominent and prosperous, throughout the country and the rest of the world."
It also says "And after his death, devotees flocked to his coffin and tomb to pay their respects and obeisance, believing he was still able to bless them from the great beyond."
Even the song 'Kolaveri Di', which has broken all records in terms of its popularity, features in the edition of magazine.
The story on the song "India just can't stop listening" says that the song's lyrics are practically gibberish, the country can't seem to stop listening to it. The catchy tune has generated nearly 19 million views on YouTube, to date.
At the same time, it seems that the feeling of song meeting such a huge success is yet to sink in the singer. In his recent tweets, the Tamil actor has been thanking his fans for receiving his song with such warmth.
He tweeted few days back "And to all my north Indian Kolaveri fans , thanks for receiving a Tamil song with warm heart and making it a global song. God bless"
The magazine has come out with a total of 54 lists of 'top ten' happenings across the world in various fields like entertainment, sports, politics etc.
--IBNS (Posted on 08-12-2011)