Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lokpal : still plenty of worries

No resolution was adopted either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha

Except for forcing Parliament to hold a special Saturday sitting discussing issues it wanted Team Anna has, so far, gained nothing from the 12 day protest fast.

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”.

It might be said that Hazare's victory was more general than specific, significant less for what it managed to wrest in the realm of policy than for what it achieved in terms of mass mobilization against corruption and an upsurge of political consciousness, particularly among the Indian middle classes, which have long been derided for their political apathy.

IMO: It will be well if the Hazare supporters remember that "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance". 'Rome was not built in a day' but admittedly Hazare is still alive and if - despite the probable intent of many - his supporters still press on in a planned and directed way, there is still some chance of good results. After all, Didi seems to have succeeded to some extent over Singur recently. so protests sometimes work in India.

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