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Regarding Versions of Mr. Pranab Mukherjee

“There is growing trend of undermining the democratic process and constitutional authorities in these movements, Anna Hazare went on stir .....




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06-14-2011
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Post Regarding Versions of Mr. Pranab Mukherjee


“There is growing trend of undermining the democratic process and constitutional authorities in these movements, Anna Hazare went on stir for not preparing for Lokpal Bill. BJP supported it. We discussed it with Anna Hazare. Now a panel headed by me is preparing a strong and sound Lokpal Bill that will be introduced in the monsoon session of parliament. But Anna Hazare is now threatening that if the bill is not passed by August 15, then he would start a fast-unto death. How can someone from outside dictate the terms of parliament? This is certainly an attempt to weaken the democracy.”


“I must say that emergency will never be imposed and no state government can be dissolved on the allegation of corruption. This also happened in 70’s.”


Times of India, Mumbai. 13 June 2011. Page - 10. Headline: “Civil Society can’t dictate terms to Parliament: Pranab”


Is not our democracy is already weakened in last 60 years? I would like to bring it to notice that by movements related to Jan Lokpal, we people of India are not “undermining the democratic process and constitutional authorities” but we want to ensure that every single member enjoys the Right to Democracy. If a person observes properly then one can see that in true sense the democratic rights are only enjoyed by handful of people. One can see that most of the democratic rights have been either enjoyed by the criminals, corrupt politicians or corrupt government officials. Basically you can say, what’s going on till date, is murder of “Right to Democracy” and if it is not so, then can anyone please explain, why most of the cases are still pending, why hardly few corrupts are punished till date, why so many scam cases are still pending in different courts, why in every 2 or 3 months we come across a new scam, why Lokpal bill is not passed in last 48 years, why criminals are allowed to stand for election. I hardly think anyone can justify these questions.


We common people pay taxes - income tax as well as sales tax but still we are deprived of good roads, transport, education, even basic needs. Also, subsidy in various products like gas, petrol, etc is decreasing and the rates of sugar, milk, onion, etc are increasing. Can anyone explain me why


All of the questions above have one answer - Only because of corruption and weakened Democracy.


Moreover, I would like to answer the question rose by our Honorable Union Finance Minister “How can someone from outside dictate the terms of parliament?” If we people of India have democratically elected the Members of Parliament then they should have right to dictate the Parliament also, at least when not getting result for more than 60 yrs.


However, regarding the threat of Mr. Anna Hazare, as mention by our Honorable Minster, as far as I remember just after the fast in April ’2011, Mr. Hazare has clearly mentioned that the bill has to be passed by Independence Day that is 15th Aug 2011. [1]


Reference:
[1] The Hindu, New Delhi, April 9, 2011

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06-15-2011
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Fundamental duty

Problem with most of these ministers is--they have forgotten their fundamental duty. They have also forgotten that they are in the parliament because of the people. They are there to represent people's aspirations. It is only when they fail to perform as per the mandate received, people begin to question them and they are within their legitimate rights to question them on their non-performance. And there is nothing unusual about it. Every segment of society has to face this time to time appraisal of their performances. Self-patting has no place in democracy. And another problem is most of these ministers, especially our esteemed finance minister Pranab Babu, have developed swollen heads. They have a mistaken notion about their knowledge. They think they know the best and since the leaders in the opposition do not inspire much confidence, people from 'outside' have to intervene. Though I do not subscribe to the view of people being outsiders, yet it is precisely because of these outsiders that the government has taken some steps. Left to themselves, they would have gone on for years yet again. Women's bill has not seen the light of the day even though passed by Rajya Sabha. This is the age of competition where efficiency and speed are of prime concern. If a time frame is not given, government will not be serious. Anna is well within his rights to demand performance within a given time-frame. They were given a long rope already, but to no avail. It is because they do not want to pass this Jan Lokpal bill at all. Therefore, all these lame excuses. If they can pass their salary hike bill in no time without discussion and without any opposition, why not this bill? They are dilly-dallying on the issue because they know they have in their midst those who have bartered away the interest of the country and will go on doing that unless a firm check is put on them. If they really think they have a point to prove on this JanLokpal, why do not they accept the challenge of open debate in the full glare of public! Let them directly answer the questions of people who face the corruption in every walk of life. They say they debate it in parliament. We know the quality of their debate. They should answer people's questions directly like Anna and his team does every now and then.
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Surely, there's a covert attempt by almost all politicians not to permit Lokpal Bill to hit them had enough to upset the 'convenient balance' they enjoy in their favour. All the more reason, why we need to push them hard enough to change the equations once and for all. If we don't accomplish it now, it will become even more difficult in the future. Any (legally admissible) price is good enough to pay, having reached thus far.

That said, I feel civil society members should also learn the fine art of diplomatic talk, without compromising on their objects. Though they appear to falter several times, they have been recovering the lost ground so far. After all, they are not politicians and so have not learnt the fine art of negotiating. May be it's worth consulting someone like Stephen Cohen of the US on this. He should be willing to do it free for us. (I'm serious!)

Ganesan. :~)
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A tight rope walk

Now on, its going to be a tight rope walk. The negotiation has reached a critical stage and both the sides would want to tread cautiously. There is not much time to lose, nor is there much manoeuvring space left unless of the two give in. Having said that, it has to be made clear to all parties (team Anna is aware of it) that people are glued this time and are keeping track of what is going on. Pranab Babu should in particular be careful of what he speaks. His charges against the team Anna are not taken kindly because they are seen as dilatory tactics. He seems to be taking so many things for granted. We are not really relishing his diatribes. It is unfair on the part of the government to refuse to accede to the demand of televising the meetings when they claim to be clean on their side. What are they then afraid of? They do not want to be seen by people; they do not want to engage the members of civil society in an open debate and yet claim to be people's representatives. What kind of representatives they are when they are scared of facing people to answer their misgivings? And there is no gainsaying the fact that we are full of misgivings about their intents. If rated on the credibility scale of 10, they would not secure more than 2. It may be a tight rope walk from here on, but the government should not be blind to the rising aspirations of people who want to tackle this monster of corruption once for all. Jan Lokpal proposed by Anna Team will certainly go a long way in reducing the accumulation and concentration of ill-gotten money in some hands through corrupt practices.
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NCSinha,

I completely endorse your views.

We've reached the crossroads. The civil society needs to make some intelligent decisions and handle the situation with tact. The stakes are too high to lose now.

Ganesan. :~)
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