RALEGAN SIDDHI (Maharashtra), Sept 2 (ANI): Stating that the recent anti-graft campaign against the government by civil society activists was just the beginning of a long and hard struggle, veteran activist Anna Hazare on Friday told about 7,000 supporters in his hometown of Ralegan Siddhi that his victorious fast of 12-days in Delhi was a victory of the people.
“I am concerned about the country`s future. This is just a beginning. We have a long way to go. It will take another 10 to 15 years before we eradicate corruption from the system for which we should be prepared to go to jail,” Hazare said.
“It`s not enough to say I am Anna, one has to change their character. I believe even if a little change can be done, it`s always good,” he added.
Further calling the youth the real heroes of the nation, Hazare said that the general public is being looted and it was time to sow seeds of change.
“Despite 64 years of independence from the British rule, nothing has changed in the country. The whites have been replaced by black. Loot, corruption and terrorism is rampant,” he said.
“One seed of change will lead to thousands of seeds of change. Every young Indian must sow one seed of change. Some of us have to sacrifice to ensure benefit for future generation,” he added.
He also said that India must walk on the principles of B.R. Ambedkar to bring religion equality and narrow down economic disparities.