Submit Articles A Collection of Informative and Interesting Articles  
 
HOME WANT AN ACCOUNT? SUBMIT ARTICLES TOP AUTHORS Debt Collections (Advt.)
 

Jan Lokpal Bill: Has Anna Hazare Really Won?

BY: Anas Khan | Category: Politics | Submitted: 2011-08-29 05:22:30
       No Photo
Article Summary: "Victory, especially when it comes after a long, hard and unequal struggle, can taste very sweet. The fact that the Anna Hazare-led movement against corruption has forced the Parliament to agree to key elements from its draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill is an extremely significant one and can potentially mark a turning point in the ma.."


Share with Facebook Share with Linkedin Share with Twitter Share with Pinterest Email this article




Victory, especially when it comes after a long, hard and unequal struggle, can taste very sweet. The fact that the Anna Hazare-led movement against corruption has forced the Parliament to agree to key elements from its draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill is an extremely significant one and can potentially mark a turning point in the manner in which democracy is practised in India.

This has been an instance where people have agitated for something rather than against it, and held out against a campaign of cunning and calumny, the kind which usually wears down its opposition into disgusted submission. Deviousness has been countered by stubbornness, and procrastination by a form of emotional arm-twisting, the movement did not waver, nor did it lower the stakes for itself. It gambled everything, every single time and has finally won.

Or has it? The single biggest stumbling block throughout this whole process has been a marked lack of intention on part of not only the government, but the entire political class. If we extricate ourselves for a moment from the debates about which version of the bill was better and whether fasting was a legitimate part of democracy or not, we might wonder as to why, far from dragging its feet on the bill, did the government not wholeheartedly champion its cause instead?

For an administration that has been under siege on the issue of corruption, wouldn't a robust act of legislation have been exactly the right signal to emit? It could have appropriated the protest movement, and used it as cover to navigate the bill through the political class, and emerged as a somewhat belated, but nevertheless, heroic saviour. And yet, it chose to oppose the bill at every juncture, using every means possible but that of honest negotiation.

This continued till the very end, creating a crisis of trust and leading to hardened positions on the other side. Rahul Gandhi's intervention was a continuation of the script. Regardless of the merits of his suggestion, the manner in which he entered the debate and the bizarrely delayed nature of the timing made it seem as if he resided on another planet and teleported his way in without any awareness or interest in what happened before.

His disappearance immediately after seemingly participating in the Inter-P arty Parliamentary Elocution Contest made it easy for his actions to be decoded as further evidence of the government's lofty disinterest in the issue. The role of the other political parties was no better, with the BJP dancing around the question of the exact nature of its support till very late in the day. To its credit, when it did reveal its position, it seemed not only to stay with it, but eloquently argue the case on its behalf too.

The fact that the Parliamentary debate was sparkling in its range of arguments and thoughtful in its nature indicates that the central problem is not in our institutions, but in the intention that animates them. If treated with the respect that it deserves, which indeed is the assumption on which it is founded, Parliament delivers to us a form of democracy that is as enlightened as it is representative. The problem is that it reaches this side of itself ever so rarely, and in this case, it is instructive that it was pushed, virtually at gunpoint, to find its better self. Left to itself, it is clear that Parliament would have done what it seems to do so well nowadays - collude in a conspiracy of mutual recrimination to avoid systemic change.

About Author / Additional Info:
My name is Md Anas Khan and i am a freelancer content writer. I have completed my gradation from Cambridge university. I have wrote at least 1000 plus articles for magazine, newspaper and media.

Comments on this article: (0 comments so far)

Comment Comment By Comment Date

Leave a Comment   |   Article Views: 2221


Additional Articles:
•   Initiation of a Sales Call

•   Man Made Gods

•   Importance of Dietary Antioxidants:

•   The Supernatural World


Latest Articles in "Politics" category:
•   The Monster Lives Here

•   Water World

•   Problem of Middle East Part 2

•   Problem of Middle East Part 1

•   As Baba Go Slow Goes Steady

•   Laissez Faire Fairness

•   Nigeria, Not Yet Uhuru



Important Disclaimer: All articles on this website are for general information only and is not a professional or experts advice. We do not own any responsibility for correctness or authenticity of the information presented in this article, or any loss or injury resulting from it. We do not endorse these articles, we are neither affiliated with the authors of these articles nor responsible for their content. Please see our disclaimer section for complete terms.
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape
Copyright © 2010 saching.com - Do not copy articles from this website.
| Home | Disclaimer | Xhtml |