The Anna Hooplah doesn’t seem to die down much to the displeasure of the UPA government. The act of putting Anna behind the bars seem to have created more controversy and seems to have established the government’s reputation as a high-handed government which would do whatever it wishes like even distorting laws to their own convenience.
The government seems to be questioning the methodology used by Anna in order to get his own terms and conditions accepted regarding the Lokpal Bill. Well, certainly the methodology is creating a stir in our nation and its hard to predict whether such a stir would remain peaceful. But instead of focusing at the issue at hand, which is to create a Lokpal Bill which is most appropriate, the government seems to be deviating from the crux of the matter.
The government seems to be losing their support amongst the citizens and the day is not so far when whole of India will witness a throwaway of this UPA government, if it doesn’t resort to some emergency face-saving measures.
Are the Jallianwala Bagh days back to haunt us all? From the recent development in Lokpal Hooplah it seems so. Since the law and order situation in New Delhi is well under the central government, the decision of the New Delhi administration to impose Section 144 of IPC on the pretext of ensuring peace and order in the city seems to indicate that the central government doesn’t want any opposition whatsoever regarding the Lokpal issue and wants to do things as per their own sweet will.
The imposition of Section 144 seems totally illogical especially looking at the reasons given by our government, for the last time Anna Hazare took such an initiative, it was a totally peaceful scenario with no reports of disturbance whatsoever.
August 16 is soon approaching and the support for the initiative is building up as well. The government seems to be in a no-compromising mode and so is team Anna. So. it’s hard to imagine this not turning out to be another Baba Ramdev like event which resulted in injury to so many with one old lady even going into a coma.
If the government and the police administration were to act in the same manner as they did in case of Baba Ramdev, it could really take us back to the British rule and it would be a clear violation of the rights of the people.
Lets hope that the government would agree to also present the Lokpal Bill prepared by the activist in the Parliament in order to reach to a compromise and then let the debate happen as to which Lokpal Bill would be more appropriate.
In any case I don’t understand as to why the government has gone so defensive on the issue of holding a referendum in the country. After all they are people’s representatives and were brought into power by the people, so do they think that people don’t support this government anymore?
Do let us know what you think. Will government compromise and act responsibly regarding Lokpal issue?
The date, 16th of August is soon approaching and it will arrive faster than expected. What an appropriate date, Anna Hazare has chosen to launch the revolution against corruption! The governement on her part has warned Anna and of anyone who is planning to support him with the consequences sighting the example of what happened to Baba Ramdev.
The issue is taking an ugly shape: Anna and the Citizens of India Vs the Government. The government on her part has been utterly irresponsible in giving such warnings. Yes, they have tried to sort out the matter by forming a joint committee, but that is no excuse of giving such statements/warnings out in the public, especially when so much is at stake and the situation in the country really demands some proactive action on part of the government.
One of the arguments put forth by the better half (government) is that the institutions that can deal with corruption are already in place then why do we need a super regulator? It would have been perfectly alright if such institutions were doing their job well. But the problem is that these institutions have failed miserably, and the evidence for this can be well found in the spate of controversies that have come out in the public starting from 2G Spectrum to what not.
What needs to be done is to reach a consensus with regards to the Lokpal Bill that the government intends to introduce in the parliament in the monsoon session. The matters of contention could well be voted upon with a referendum as suggested by thecivil society group, instead of issuing irresponsible and unwanted warnings about the outcome of an act proposed by Anna Hazare.