Witnessing a chain reaction in human tendency at New York bus station, gave me the confidence that the anti-corruption movement will definitely spread widely and effectively if one of us take the first step.
I saw a person struggling with his 3 rolling suitcases to follow in line to get into the bus. So he put 2 of his suitcases aside and went ahead with one of his suitcase. There were people who went after him but did not bother to offer help. A man who was standing far behind in the line, came forward and helped him to move the suitcases till the door. Seeing this act of kindness another person volunteered to take a suitcase from him and both these men helped the other guy to load his suitcases in the bus. It took one person to initiate this act of kindness, to kindle same consciousness in another being.
I truly believe that initiating an action is very vital, if we need a reaction, and that is what we are in pursuit of, by conducting awareness campaigns in colleges. Mr. Vijay Anand, President of 5th Pillar, Shobila Kali, Director of 5th Pillar, Washington and volunteers of 5th Pillar conducted an awareness campaign in Kamadhenu Arts & Science College and PKR Arts & Science College, Gobichettipalayam Arts & Science College near Gobichettipalayam on 4th and 5th March, 2010 . Mr. Anand spoke on the topic of, “ Freedom from Corruption”, and gave a detailed account of all the ongoing activities of our organization to combat corruption, and the success achieved by distributing Zero Rupee Note to the corrupt officials and filing the Right to Information(RTI) petitions. He engaged in active discussion with the students to understand their encounters with this social demon, and how they dealt with the situation. Some students were very eager to jump right into action and play a role in eradicating this issue. Volunteers of 5th Pillar distributed Zero Rupee Notes, to all the students and staff present for the presentation, and they took a pledge to neither accept nor give bribe. Students became member of 5th Pillar, to show their solidarity to the anti-corruption movement.
5th Pillar coordinator for Gobichettipalayam Mr. M.Ramasamy, Retired Executive Engineer of PWD, addressed the students and asked them to urge their parents to seek 5th Pillar's help if they are confronted with a situation of bribery. He gave out his cell phone no. +91 98-43-041215 to the students to make note of and call at such times. He also offered his company's office space to be used as 5th Pillar's Gobi office at the following address.
5th Pillar Gobi Chapter,
C/o Kaveri Constructions,
Diamond Jubilee Shopping Center,
Main Road, Gobichettipalayam-638452
Tel: +91 98-43-041215