Civil society has been around for ages. Many NGOs have been doing good work for decades. Aruna Roy's 1990s movement led to the implementation of the RTI Act. The National Advisory Council was set up in 2004 with social activists in its ranks.
But it was the Anna Hazare movement that made Parliament sit up and take notice. The Government had presented a watered down version of the Lokpal Bill recently. In the past, that would have been passed quietly without anyone being able to do anything about it.
Public pressure has ensured that such a thing will not happen now.
Of course there are also other things like 24-hour TV news channels and social networking sites which have been total game changers.
It will be interesting to see how the 2010-20 pans out in terms of more and more people empowerment.
In Picture: Supporters of Anna Hazare wave the national flag as they celebrate the end of Anna Hazare's two-week fast in New Delhi on August 28
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