The Jan Lokpal goes into cold storage
At long last, the country gets some breathing space.
The Anna Circus has seemingly folded up. Or, almost. No more agitations and no campaigning against the Congress! It all seems dubious. Beyond the conspiracy theories, one must ask: Surely, this is not about Anna’s failing health. We were told that India against Corruption (IAC) was the mother of all Peoples movements; that close to 1.2 billion were behind Anna and company! Whither the masses, one is compelled to ask?
The media seems all at sea – and they are unable to invent a story to match the glamour that Anna-Kejirwal-Bedi-Bhushan offered prime time television.
Strangely, one misses the ‘tamasha’. Indian politics is too bland and repetitive. Politics churn out what is predictable news – rapes, murders, corruption. There isn’t even variety or innovation in the scandals! Mere arrogance of power!
But I must not digress. The government has clearly silenced the Anna Team. Each of them is scurrying for protection from cheap jerseys the next scandal to be pinned on them. They probably did not study in schools where they were taught that ‘people living in glass houses do not throw stones at others’. The skeletons in their cupboards were overflowing, to put it mildly.
Mumbai sealed their fate once and for all. First, the crowds did not show up. After all, the IAC was no block buster – Anna and Kiran Bedi was no match for Bollywood stars. People stayed cheap jerseys home Two and had fun – signing up for the ‘Jail Bharo’ movement, while fooling around on their computers, and then finding out that they would actually have to go to jail. The numbers at the Mumbai Maidan dipped and the numbers who withdrew from the ‘Jail Bharo’ grew Israeli went in the opposite direction.
So, the arithmetic was simple. Add number of cases against Anna Team plus plummeting number of supporters – and the an answer seemed to be easy to find. ‘Cool off the IAC movement’!
In the meantime, the nation was also beginning to see through the scheme of the Anna backers. The BJP needed a distraction from being exposed for their tacit support to ‘Hindu terror’ groups. The Anna Team went hammer cheap jerseys and tongs the World Bank way – feigning intent to end corruption while actually firmly intent on minimising government and creating the grounds for corporate intervention in policy making and governance. It is not mere coincidence that the three main IAC leaders were Andrew’s all Magsasay awardees that award which comes from the largesse of Rockfeller and Ford Foundation and whose unwritten goal is to substitute democratic governance by corporate governance.
Finally, it must be photographer asserted that no Lok Pal bill in itself will effectively end corruption. The sheer fact of injustice, of hungry mouths, of unemployed and underemployed youth, of millions of homeless, of people deprived of education and health – this list is virtually endless. This situation of deprivation must be juxtaposed with the immorality of the way in which corporate India operates. Before the Lok Pal seeks to end government of inadequately compensated government servants, and workers in the formal and informal sectors, before those who grow food can also eat enough and have something to spare, and before those who make possible India’s industrial growth produce as high as it is, corruption will not end. There will always be the petty temptations to give HD and take bribes that get jobs done but which do not really change anything. How India performs on the anti-corruption front revolves around how India contends with the massive corruptions rooted in the wicked quest of corporate interests for more and more.
From economic trends we must take the clues that point to 2012 being a year of wholesale jerseys pounding economic demons which will hurt the economy as a whole. But, as in the case of all catastrophes, it will be the poor that get hit the worst. There will be more uprisings among the Dalits and tribals and the powers-that-be will do everything they can to undermine the struggles. Hopefully, the mass protests will move over time from protests to mutiny, and hopefully lead to the people acquiring political power. This is asking for a utopia in the here and now. But then, are not wild dreams what the seeds of social revolution comprise?
Given all these incongruities, it is hardly surprising that Kejriwal- Anna’s chief ideologue- wrote up the most absurd piece of legislation and tried to market it to the country as the ‘Jan Lokpal’- the people’s bill against corruption. Reams of paper have been used up on articles in support of or in opposition to the Jan Lokpal bill.
We offer you one from an ‘out-of-the-box’ source. The author, Prashanth Reddy argues that even though “Kejriwal may be guided by the best of intentions, it is becoming increasingly clear that his ideas have little basis in political or legal theory. If it doesn’t work in theory, how is it going to work in practice?” he asks.
Prashanth Reddy is an advocate and co-founder of the Pre-Legislative Briefing Service (PLBS), a think-tank. His full article can be found on: