Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jan Lokpal Bill & Team Anna - Other Side of the Coin

There are lots of talks going on as if Jan Lokpal bill is the one and only solution to end all forms of corruption in India. I am the one who believes that we have enough rules and regulations existing already to curb various evils and Lokpal is going to add another layer to existing law. I have read few articles that exactly talk about my view points and this blog post is a compilation of those articles and videos. I have nothing against Team Anna but I cannot take their view point that a Lokpal bill is this magical wand that is going to solve all ills that has plunged the society. The media is so biased in reporting this whole story and here are some viewpoints going around that needs to be seriously considered before we make our decisions(Last Updated – 09:00 PM 31st August 2011; Please come back later for more updates)
How The Times of India Pumped Up Team Anna
But if Kejriwal had to choose one English language publication in particular for rounding up “Middle India” in round two of the fight for a strong anti-corruption ombudsman, the honour should surely go to The Times of India.
From the day after Anna Hazare was prematurely arrested on August 16 to August 29, the day he ended his fast, the New Delhi edition of The Times of India took ownership of the story and played a stellar role in mobilising public opinion and exerting pressure on the political class. Continue Reading
No Resolution was adopted either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha
Against the chorus that Parliament had backed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s demands, the records show that no resolution was adopted either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to the day-long debate on Saturday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, however, made just one change in his speech in Rajya Sabha incorporating the word “resolve”. Continue Reading
Only a Temporary Reprieve
Many media houses and members of Mr Hazare’s team are claiming it as a victory for Mr Hazare. If it is a victory, it is a facile victory, not a substantive one. Perhaps there will be huge celebrations when Mr Hazare breaks his fast on a Sunday morning at 10 AM, absolutely at the peak of prime-time Sunday morning viewing. That fits in with the manner in which the whole movement has been organised and planned — like a reality TV show. Continue Reading
An open letter to Anna from Rajdeep Sardesai
There have been some signs of this in the last 48 hours that are truly worrying. The gherao of  the homes of  members of  Parliament may be visually appealing, but it encourages an anti-politician ‘sab neta chor hai’ rhetoric that could further destroy faith in parliamentary democracy. The increasingly strident language being used by certain members of  Team Anna – a term which creates the regrettable impression of  you being surrounded by a coterie – is to be best avoided at a time when a rational dialogue is called for.
Only two days ago, a colleague of  mine was assaulted in the heart of  the capital by a drunk biker gang waving the tricolor and chanting ‘I am Anna’ slogans. The frenzy being built up in the media by hyper-ventilating news channels and demagogic acolytes could easily transform a genuine peoples movement into a lumpen expression of  mob fury. It’s a transformation that could end up destroying the hard-earned credibility of  your struggle. Continue Reading
The Selective Amnesia Over Kiran Bedi
The upright police officer, posted in Mizoram as Deputy Inspector General (Range), thought discretion was certainly the better part of valour – and fled. This she did in the wee hours of one day, and without even informing her superiors. Her daughter’s admission, of course, was not scuttled. It’s a different matter altogether that the daughter never completed her MBBS studies, and instead flew over to the United States for a journalism course. Continue Reading
The Prisoner of Ramlila
Anna Hazare is NO Mahatma Gandhi. Here is Why
My first encounter with Anna Hazare was when I was requested by veteran trade union leader Dr Baba Adhav to come to Ralegan Siddhi as a doctor to examine Hazare on the 13th day of his first notable hunger strike in 1998. At that time, his relative and a close associate showed me packets of glucose and electrolyte powder, which he was giving to Hazare everyday, and asked me whether the quantity was sufficient. Continue Reading
Let's Not Rush With Lokpal Bill or Compromise Parliament's dignity - Narayana Murthy
Why Some Are Not Anna? 
For many, I believe the Jan Lok Pal movement has taken an almost religious turn. Bhajans are sung on India TV in praise of  the new Gandhi Anna-sahab as he looks indulgently on and “Anna is India” hashtags trend on Twitter (reminiscent of the India is Indira of many decades ago). The movement has a very simple message—-”They” (i.e. politicians) are bad. “We” (aka Anna since we are all Anna) are good. We, the good, will bring the bad to justice. And Jan Lok Pal is our Holy Book and Anna the messiah”. Given that the reign of the UPA government has been marked by corruption on an epic scale, the very simple solution to this problem that the Jan Lok Pal suggests (“We will fix these devils”) is definitely a very attractive one. It is no wonder that people show an almost religious reverence to its basic principle and are confounded as to how anyone with even a speck of decency could not be wholly enthused by this idea. Continue Reading
Meeting Gandhi?
Later in the evening, I stared open mouthed, when in answer to a question from one of us, Anna suggested dictatorship as the only solution to the ills plaguing our country. There was a hazy theme of “social revolution” in there somewhere and vague references to how much better this country would have been if we had followed Subhash Bose instead of Gandhi (strange view for someone being described as a Gandhian!!). But his basic surmise was that parliamentary democracy should be suspended for 15 years so that the system could be cleaned up after which basic village level democracy should be introduced. Or something like that. Years later I read a book written by a certain individual called Ayub Khan: pakistan’s first dictator, where these thoughts were mirrored! Continue Reading
Common man donates Rs 50 lakh at Ramlila but fails to meet Hazare
Anna Hazare’s hunger strike entered its eight day and the donations counter has collected a handsome sum of Rs 50 lakh already. However, the junta’s anti-graft crusader remained out of reach for the very common man he’s fighting for.
The Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) which is managing the stage show is collecting the donations through cash, cheques and online transfers. However, if a commoner wants to meet the fasting Gandhian crusader, he must clear the obstacle course, which is more than just barricades after every ten feet. In simple terms — you have to be someone important to meet Hazare. Continue Reading
Many in India See Danger in Hunger Striker's Anticorruption Plan
Yet many of those same analysts are disturbed by the alternative put forward by Mr. Hazare’s team: an independent agency with sweeping powers and its own vast, nationwide bureaucracy that critics say could exist outside the usual checks of India’s democratic systems. Continue Reading
India's anti-corruption leader Anna Hazare cannot yet be compared to Gandhi
Gandhi galvanised millions and was instrumental in bringing them into the anti-colonial movement. But the numbers coming out on the streets to support Hazare are minuscule, and they hardly cut across social classes and regions – his following as yet is predominantly urban and significantly middle-class. Continue Reading
How the Indian Media Covered Anna
Veteran journalist B.G Verghese, who is now a professor with the Center for Policy Research think-tank in New Delhi, said that the media was “magnifying the event beyond its worth.”“The media has not at all been objective in its coverage,” said Mr. Verghese, adding that a media bias was visible in the amount of screen time television channels devoted to the protesters compared to the government. “It has been hyped and in fact they have been derogatory of the governments and its efforts.” Continue Reading
Anna's Bill Impractical - Mahesh Butt
First, I want to clarify that I am not against corruption. But tell me, can corruption be addressed through 'your' bill or 'my' bill? Anna's bill is just as impractical and dangerous as the government's bill. The nation must question Anna's bill as much as the government's. The bill proposes to create a power that is dangerous. Continue Reading
Hazare's arm-twisting method of protest dangerous to democracy?
Anna's adamant fast for the passage of Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament reflects people's frustration over corruption which slows down benefits reaching the needy, be it admission to schools or getting a job. The genuineness of grievances may not always lend sanctity to the method of agitation. Is arm-twisting, howsoever peaceful, of institutions which have been created through years of running of democracy not muzzling of views? None can deny need for course correction though. But courses are not corrected by whipping up a frenzy among people by promising that the Jan Lokpal Bill is the only path to nirvana from corruption. What is needed is self-correction. Continue Reading
Analysis: Anna Hazare's Deplorable Moral Fascism
The dangerous element in the Hazare-led anti-corruption crusade is the strident self-righteous tone of the campaigners. They are convinced that what they are prescribing is right and others have to accept it. They claim that they are speaking for the people — the few hundreds, the few thousands and the few tens of thousands — who are congregating in the city squares, and they are not embarrassed by their preposterous claim. There is total absence of modesty and humility. It is this smugness of the Lokpal activists that is frightening. In the language of Hazare, Kejriwal, Bedi and Bhushan, ‘many’ stands for ‘all’, a terrifying verbal sleight that bends dangerously close to untruth. Continue Reading
Anna Hazare's protest site not free from VIP Culture
Anna Hazare's movement might have been branded as that of corruption versus the common man, but even his protest site has not been free from the VIP culture.Continue Reading
A deluded Team Anna is feeding a dangerous intolerance
It’s a mob out there. And some of the self-appointed leaders of Civil Society who sit on the dais at Ramlila Maidan and give their self-righteous opinions are now showing all the signs of suffering from delusions of grandeur. Continue Reading
Is RSS Running the Anna Show?
The bulk of support to crusader Anna Hazare is coming from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) youth cadres. It is not an allegation by the Congress but an open admission by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj.Continue Reading
Combating Corruption
Social activist Anna Hazare is on a fast-unto-death. This fighter against corruption  (he is the founder of the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Aandolan who returned his Padmashri award because the Maharashtra government did not take action against corrupt forest officials) and campaigner for the Right to Information Act wants the government to start work to enact a Jan Lokpal Bill. Apparently, close to 150 people have joined in, according to one newspaper report.
So why am I not impressed? And why am I amused when a newspaper says the fast has galvanised the nation's fight against corruption? Continue Reading

I will Quit India if Jan Lokpal is passed
What I am hurt more is the herd mentality of my country men. The way they blindly think that passing a law will magically transform the nation in to an uncorrupt nation is naivety at it’s heights .I am hurt by corruption too in day today life and had been a victim in the past. When I had to register my plot in Tanjore, I had to pay a bribe to get it registered. I asked why should I pay but I was helpless, I was just a mute spectator. But a Jan Lokpal is not the solution to curb corruption. Another law, another independent committee, another 1000s of Crores of my taxes going in to the drain. Strengthening of current laws and implementation will set the law part right but a stronger will to say no to corruption in our daily lives is more important. Continue Reading
Is Lok Pal is necessary to fight corruption?
No, not only is it unnecessary, it will make the problem worse. Corruption in India arises because of too much government, too many rules, too much complexity and too much ambiguity. Adding one more, huge, powerful layer to an already complex system will make the system even more complicated. Complexity creates the incentives for corruption–both on the part of the bribe giver and the bribe taker. Continue Reading
To start with, it crosses the line when it comes to the separation of powers. Each wing of Government—the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary—keeps checks and balances on the other, and so they must remain separate, because that’s the only way to ensure that there is no abuse of power. Here, the Lok Pal, which is a judicial body, for all practical purposes, will have control of the part of the Executive that conducts investigations on its behalf. To add to more confusion, the chairperson, members of Lok Pal and the officers in investigation wing of Lok Pal are to be deemed to be “police officers” as defined under the Code of Criminal Procedure, for the purpose of carrying out investigation. Continue Reading
Devils Advocate by Karan Thapar
Till yesterday morning I was all for the bill, and then I read the bill in detail. What i will set down here are my issues with the bill. This does not mean I don’t want the people to be involved in drafting of the bill, it also does not mean i support the Government on their version of the  bill – I don’t. At the first level – and in effect it stops there – it is the ability to go “j’accuse’ on people in Public life – it doesn’t matter if they are innocent or guilty. You believe that they have done something wrong, and you have the right to complain and ask for a review. Continue Reading
A most comical anti-corruption opera is being staged all over the country under the leadership of  Anna Hazare, who in his moral tyranny is actually beginning to look like Mahatma Gandhi. This itself is a bit of laugh: when a man wants to be someone else eventually transmigration of the soul and nose happens. It only remains for Anna to hold the Dandi March. Continue Reading
The debate on how to eradicate corruption, kick-started by Anna Hazare's indefinite fast, has now moved into its second phase. This involves the drafting of a bill that will provide a fool-proof mechanism to bring the corrupt to book. Here is an examination of the structural flaws inherent in the Jan Lok Pal Bill. Continue Reading
Interview with Nandan Nilekani
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

JUst because Nilekani is now saying things in support of politicians does not mean he is right. He has conflict of interests. He is now part of the govt. So do you think he will speak against the govt or politicians? He is starting to become one among them. He is not a fool like Tharoor to cross swords with his own kind in the very beginning of his career and try create a clean image about himself and fail. Everyone knows the system is rotten from head to nail. ANY initiative to purge the system is welcome. I think Lokpal is trying to bring the big people like PM etc under its purview. This is causing discomfiture with all parties as expected. How many PMs in the past have been prosecuted ? HOw many ministers? IF we dont rout this out from the top and bottom, the virus will still remain in the system.


August 21, 2011 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read this post by TJS George eminent journalist of the old school.THe new school of journalists could well be acting in totem with the govt for all we know. because neither the ruling party or any opposition wants more accountability esp at the top.


August 21, 2011 12:25 AM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

i was thinking what would have happened if instead of going on a fast and pointing fingers at the political class, Anna Hazare had turned his sight on the citizenry and asked them not to partake in any corruption - no more bribes, no more cutting lines, no more nepotism etc., I wonder what the same middle class crowd with all it's self-righteous moral outrage would have reacted. For some reason i feel it would have smiled, said a few nice words about the old man and went about living by it's corrupt ways. Such is the level of Indian hypocrisy that we are oblivious to our own corruption. Anyways, it is fun and easy to point fingers at others.

August 21, 2011 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Raghu N. said...


This reminds of those many episodes in history: When India was gaining Independence, they were many that were lamenting that the British modernized India and we will lose it. Gandhi made a ton of missteps enroute to his fight to independence and they are all well-documented. There are enough people I know who think that the 70s emergency is the best phase that India has been. But history aside, let me get to the point.

The current agitation (or revolution as per some) is not a whole-hearted support to the Lokpal bill. The main point seems to be, If not now, then when? The only other way is through active politics and that we know is not a effective route. Has there been any other event in post-independence India where there has been widespread agitation against corruption? This is the chance. Its more of a groundswell against corruption and Anna Hazare happened to be the face of it. There is the Lokayuktha is various Indian states which is a version of the Lokpal. They might not work like "magic wand" (as you want to call it), but at least theres somebody watching. Just review the recent case against the Reddy Brothers in Bellary. Its only because of the Lokayuktha that they are at least in the dock at least temporarily if not permanently. Now think what would have happened if the the Lokayuktha had teeth. Thats where the Lokpal bill is going to.

Now, I accept that the Anna Hazare movement is undemocratic. But we are left no other way. And jailing Anna Hazare, thats something unacceptable and for that alone I support them. Recently, there was a revolution in Egypt to take out Mubarak and it was successful. Now there is a very clear and present danger that militant Islamists will take over Egypt and there are again agitations in Egypt to prevent it. Just because Islamists are rising in Egypt doesnt mean that throwing out Mubarak was wrong. It needed to be done. A country needs to go through its pains. The US had it civil war to get itself together.

In case you didnt read it, I would recommend the book by Ramachandra Guha titled "India after Gandhi". As he says, India is one of those rare experiments in democracy that succeeded. Its sounds stupid but you have to read through the book to see how true that is.

August 21, 2011 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think, continue to do what you do will not give different results..what I meant is the present powerful system or enough laws etc. never helped any of us, all helped the corruption. So anything new is welcome! While doing new things, some steps may go wrong,but its someone said, if not now, then when?

August 21, 2011 4:47 AM  
Blogger Arun Shankar said...

JLP is not a panacea. But actually in the name of JLP, a Movement has come into being. Remember a National Movement emerges only once in a while. Those who turn their head against such a Movement will, in the end, be in the same stature as the Marxists when they failed to recognise Quit India as a National Movement and support it.

August 21, 2011 10:52 AM  
Blogger rajesh tekale said...

It is like bell the cat, some people even dont dare to talk about belling the cat.Who will bell the cat .LAws are enough, courts are not enough, still people of india, dont understand the real problems of the indians , farmers sucides, sucides in jail, poor country men, 70% population on one side is ruled over by remaining 30% .30 % will try by nuts and bolts to block the intension's of the 70% masses of india , by telling them as ill advised people, undemocratic, follow the process and what not... history will be created,by the people who dare to take on and not by standers , searching the depth of water.

August 21, 2011 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Mai Anna Hoo said...

280 लाख करोड़ का सवाल है …
भारतीय गरीब है लेकिन भारत देश कभी गरीब नहीं रहा”* ये कहना है स्विस बैंक के डाइरेक्टर का. स्विस बैंक के डाइरेक्टर ने यह भी कहा है कि भारत का लगभग 280 लाख करोड़ रुपये उनके स्विस बैंक में जमा है. ये रकम इतनी है कि भारत का आने वाले 30 सालों का बजट बिना टैक्स के बनाया जा सकता है.
या यूँ कहें कि 60 करोड़ रोजगार के अवसर दिए जा सकते है. या यूँ भी कह सकते है कि भारत के किसी भी गाँव से दिल्ली तक 4 लेन रोड बनाया जा सकता है.

ऐसा भी कह सकते है कि 500 से ज्यादा सामाजिक प्रोजेक्ट पूर्ण किये जा सकते है. ये रकम इतनी ज्यादा है कि अगर हर भारतीय को 2000 रुपये हर महीने भी दिए जाये तो 60 साल तक ख़त्म ना हो. यानी भारत को किसी वर्ल्ड बैंक से लोन लेने कि कोई जरुरत नहीं है. जरा सोचिये … हमारे भ्रष्ट राजनेताओं और नोकरशाहों ने कैसे देश को लूटा है और ये लूट का सिलसिला अभी तक 2011 तक जारी है.
इस सिलसिले को अब रोकना बहुत ज्यादा जरूरी हो गया है. अंग्रेजो ने हमारे भारत पर करीब 200 सालो तक राज करके करीब 1 लाख करोड़ रुपये लूटा.
मगर आजादी के केवल 64 सालों में हमारे भ्रष्टाचारियों ने 280 लाख करोड़ लूटा है. एक तरफ 200 साल में 1 लाख करोड़ है और दूसरी तरफ केवल 64 सालों में 280 लाख करोड़ है. यानि हर साल लगभग 4.37 लाख करोड़, या हर महीने करीब 36 हजार करोड़ भारतीय मुद्रा स्विस बैंक में इन भ्रष्ट लोगों द्वारा जमा करवाई गई है.

भारत को किसी वर्ल्ड बैंक के लोन की कोई दरकार नहीं है. सोचो की कितना पैसा हमारे भ्रष्ट राजनेताओं और उच्च अधिकारीयों ने ब्लाक करके रखा हुआ है.

हमे भ्रस्ट राजनेताओं और भ्रष्ट अधिकारीयों के खिलाफ जाने का पूर्ण अधिकार है.हाल ही में हुवे घोटालों का आप सभी को पता ही है – CWG घोटाला, २ जी स्पेक्ट्रुम घोटाला , आदर्श होउसिंग घोटाला … और ना जाने कौन कौन से घोटाले अभी उजागर होने वाले है

August 22, 2011 9:28 AM  
Blogger Babin said...

Through the agitations,Anna and his team is empowering people of India. More importantly,they are also providing political cover to those few representatives who wants to bring strong anticorruption institution.

Political power is not limited to politicians.. Anna has every right as a citizen to gather political power and when he gather enough, use it to achieve his political aims - the reason why he has gained political support....

Government is only taking notional efforts in introducing a strong lokpal institution. Their bill has many provisions built in to handicap lokpal.

So unless, Anna kept on putting pressure on the government, india will end up with a sub-par institution.. India needs the most effective lokpal institution that can be possibly designed. political will is needed to materialize this.. Anna is just trying to create this political will....

cant thank him and his team enough for leading this well planned agitation...

August 24, 2011 3:37 AM  
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August 27, 2011 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Samad, Kuwait said...

It is clear that the corrupted people will definitely object in one or other way. See this guy did not mention any good point of this move. They will site only weak part of it. Instead of giving suggestions to make it strong, they try to kill the move. Now it is time to throw stone at them till their death. Samad, kuwait

August 28, 2011 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question is not a kind of law but "Corruption". I have been following Anna's movement from beginning and I supported it on one specific count that here we have a person who has first time in 63 years raised his voice against a cancer of corruption that has uniformly affected the life of common people. If some one has an alternative path, please do recommend but criticising simply to gain cheap popularity is a treacherous character. There are obvious people in India today who are directly benefitting from this cancer like Rahul who spoke in the parliament completely unimpressively; one cannot expect to support this kind of issue. This family has billions of black money in Cayman Islands, Swiss Bank, Mauritius and other places. Will he ever like to eradicate corruption. It is a shame to nation that we are still carrying on the burden of this Gandhi family. I feel shame on it.

God bless
Dr. O. P. Sudrania

August 28, 2011 11:12 AM  
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August 30, 2011 12:34 PM  

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