Friday, April 22, 2011

Zero Rupee Note ruffles a policeman in Chennai Airport

On 22 April 2011, I took an auto to the Chennai Domestic Airport to board a flight at 10:40AM. The auto I was travelling on was stopped at the entrance of the Airport and I was asked to walk with my luggage all the way to the domestic airport. It was a long walk from the entrance and as I had my luggage, I asked the policeman the reason for him to stop all the vehicles at the entrance. I got a very offhandish reply from him saying that he is not the person to be questioned and he is simply following the instructions given to him by the Airport manager. I got out from the auto and handed over a Zero Rupee Note to him explaining that he can use it when someone asks him for a bribe when he needs to get a electricity or water connection for his residence. He looked intrigued by the note and I went on to tell him that when he hands this Zero Rupee Note to any authority he would get his services without having to pay the bribe and if there is some resistance or unwarranted delay he can contact the address indicated at the back of the Zero Rupee Note and action would be taken right away. I told him that we have chapters in all the districts of Tamil Nadu and also in major cities in India, and we would inform the vigilance department if we receive complaint from the public and follow up on the action. The policeman said that the auto can go inside and drop the passenger in the Domestic Airport entrance. This is a victory for the Zero Rupee Note and I feel happy to know that we are able to get our rights without having to indulge in confrontation and by just handing over a Zero Rupee Note and creating awareness that we have an organization to back up against corruption and bribery.

Thanks & Regards,
Vijay Anand

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Anti-corruption Summit at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, on April 27-28, 2011

Dear Friends,

A cancerous strain has besieged the soul of India.
Amidst corruption woes that the country and its patriotic citizens have been reeling from, Transparency International India (TII) and 5th Pillar are hosting an anti-corruption Summit at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, on April 27-28, 2011.  As you may already be aware, TII is the India chapter of Transparency International, an international civil society organization headquartered in Berlin advocating transparency and ethical governance worldwide.  5th Pillar, a citizens' movement, was founded as a grass-roots initiative with a mission to enable and empower every citizen to seek transparency and accountability in governance.
In line with our desire to have a conference with very actionable outcomes, we have  an agenda that covers topics such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) treaty ratification, empowering civil society coalitions against corruption, and 'Stolen Assets Recovery'. The Summit  will be a convergence of many international and national domain experts, Youth voices, business visionaries, politicians, bureaucrats and grassroots development specialists.   The Summit promises to be 2 days of inspiring talks, actionable ideas and aspirational forums…..with experts from the UN, World Bank, SHERPA (France) and more, including many national experts like Arun Maira, S.Y. Quraishi, Aruna Roy and more  who will engage in interactive sessions with the audience.   For more details, please visit the website

We hope this convention, rather than being a one-time event, will signify a springboard for more engaged conversations, sustained collaborations and ACTION from all relevant constituencies. It is our desire that we ally, collaborate and bring together bright minds from around the country, harboring the aspirational spirit and fondness for the idea of a truly vibrant India that we want to see. In that spirit, we would like to invite you to attend this Summit.


Thanks and regards,  
Shobila Kali

Director - 5th PILLAR

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Are you against political parties using freebies in elections? PLEASE ACT & FORWARD

Dear Friends,

Tamil Nadu residents have seen political parties competing in giving freebies to different sections of the voters to win the elections. What do you think of buying votes in the name of freebies? What do you think of receiving a gas cylinder or a grinder to vote a political party to power? Do you think political parties SMARTLY schemed the electoral system to gain power with out actually paying voters (you) in CASH. Do you think election commission should do something about this? 

If you think its time to make a change, please follow these steps (takes ONLY10 minutes to complete) : 
  1. Sign the e-petition ---
  2. Send email to the following using the subject/body from
  3. File your grievance with President of India at Use the same subject/body from
  4. Call the following people and leave your complaint: 
    • Mr. Praveen Kumar, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer at 044-25670390
    • Dr. S. Y. Quraishi, Chief Election Commissioner in Delhi at 011-23717391 or  011-23717392 or 011-23717393 
    • Dr. Christy Fernandez, Secretary to President of India at 011-23014055

As a responsible citizen of Tamil Nadu and India, please FORWARD THIS EMAIL to all your contacts and help create a better society.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fwd: Vijay Anand, 5thPillar & Shyam, IAC started fast in support of Anna Hazare's fast unto death on Lok Pal bill

Dear All

Vijay Anand, 5thPillar & Shyam, IAC have started an indefinite fast on
7th April 2011 at 7pm, in front of Hotel Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore in
support of Anti corruption crusader Anna Hazare's indefinite fast unto
death for reforms on the Lok Pal bill.

Kindly show your solidarity and visit the fasting venue as a token of
support and those interested can also join the fast.

Thanks and regards
Suresh Kumar
Program Coordinator
5th Pillar, Coimbatore Chapter
Cell: 94438 41602