Chennaites and Anna Hazare 23/08/2011

It is heartening to see our Chennai vasis who are rather laid back  have suddenly opened their eyes to fight for a corruption free India and join in the silent agitation spearheaded by Anna Hazare. Hats off to this movement which is non-violent and absolutely  peaceful  in nature –no burning and destroying of public property like Andhraites resort to in their fight for division of their State. However the people of Andhra are not  entirely to be blamed for their actions because it was the fall out of the hasty decision and announcement by the centre which promised  to concede to their demands, specifying a time frame. If it could  take Chandrasekhar’s threat to fast until his demand is met, and  announce its decision on the issue  without realizing its consequences, (didn’t the constitution and the institutions exist at that time? )why is it  not able to decide on the Lokpal Bill, which is an attempt to gradually eradicate corruption in high places, low places or all places  (not sure which way it percolates/permeates, top to bottom or bottom upwards or whether the spoils are shared according to the hierarchy). Personally, though I have all  appreciation for the spontaneous support Chennai vasis too are extending to the cause by joining Anna Hazare (not in complete fast but partial) I feel there are better ways of making the Prime Minister realize the fact that  but for a few who have vested interest in dumping the bill, the whole nation wants the bill to be passed.The money stacked by the corrupt few is retrieved and spent for a better purpose. I feel someone close to the P.M. and WHO HAS  the interests of people of India should drive home the importance of passing the bill at the earliest.

N Meera Raghavendra Rao

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13 thoughts on “Chennaites and Anna Hazare 23/08/2011

  1. V Raghavan

    To imagine that all corruption will disappear, once the Lok Pal bill (Govt or Anna version) is passed, is wishful thinking. Take for example, a low level corruption. You park in the wrong place and the policeman accosts you. You have the option to grease his hand and close the matter right away. I have done this myself. The other alternative is to wait for a case to be registered and in some cases to appear in the court. This has also happened to me. The Automobile Association collects a number of such cases from the clients and disposes of them together at one hearing in the court. Of course, a bigger fee has to be paid, which may include greasing the hand of the peon, the babu and the deity of the court! If you are not a member of AAI, woe unto you! Where does the Lok Pal bill stand in this situation? Nanadan Nilekani said recently that corruption cannot be removed by enacting a law. Rightly so. It is the mindset of the people that has to change. The Anna movement might have brought this issue in focus and to that extent it is good. But the public memory is notoriously short! Is it right to make the entire cabinet to be preoccupied with measuring BP, loss of weight, etc., when there are so many pressing problems?

  2. I have already indicated that the Lok Pal Bill is not a panacea to the evil of corruption polluting the air we breathe ,but it would be the first step in the right direction , a toddler. Corruption may not be cured over night at all levels ,like any illness that is entrenched in the human system.Even to cure an illness, palliatives don’t work after a certain stage unless the root cause is traced and treated accordingly(ofcourse cancer is an exception as until now no one has succeeded as to why some cancers occur. I have got a pension for my aging maid and procured an encumbrance certificate without greasing anyone’s palm. When my husband overshot the red light while driving our car, the co.stopped him and let him off with a smile when he said he was a poor professor(respect for teachers still exists, I suppose).When public institutions are crumbling , the respect for their Heads is dwindling and they are rolling, what is the answer to stem the rot? Probably intellectuals like you can suggest.

  3. V Raghavan

    Headlines on page 2 of Economic Times today: “Traitors Run This Country: Anna”. I think Anna should send a list of these traitors to PM or President so that action could be initiated, as soon as Lok Pal Bill is passed.

    The other headline on the same page: “It all started in 1969. Eight versions of the Lok Pal Bill have already been made and junked.”

  4. As things stand passing the Lok Pal Bill seems to be a dream ,but no harm in dreaming despite the government’s volte face .Unfortunately we have leaders who lack the capacity to take decisions in the interests of people.

  5. V Raghavan

    Please do not write off the Lok Pal bill so soon. I feel that it will get passed in a form acceptable to all. How effective it will be in practice is a different matter altogether!

  6. Eagerly looking forward to passing of the LokPal Bill .Its effectivenes will greatly depend on the people who executive it, it should not be a case of the fence eating the crop! Habits die hard, as the saying goes.

  7. Sowmya

    Good arguments! Well, I’m convinced a bit by both sides….yes, the bill will be a step in the right direction but is it the answer to end corruption? Most definitely not. I think we can all agree that the change has to come from within. There’ll always be people who will find loopholes in the system. And eventually, we all become partners in crime. But that said, we also know that inaction takes us nowhere. So I guess we just have to wait and see how things pan out…..

  8. V Raghavan

    I recommend to the readers of your blog the article on Open Page by Ashish Gupta in The Hindu today titled “Why I don’t support Anna Hazare?”

  9. Read the article by Ashish Gupta. I heard someone say on the TV that if the P.M. had begun a fast for a public cause ,not even five from his party would join him (even if the media promises to focus on them) Therefore all Anna’s supporters who braved the sun and rain cannot be called media mongers.When corruption reaches elephantine proportions there is little option for the affected other than to protest in order to wake up sleeping giants– all those with vested interests .But only half the battle is won and we should wait and see if it is going to be the victory of the powers that be or peoples’ power .

  10. V Raghavan

    Harsh Mander is author of the book on Gujarat Riots: Forgiveness and Reconciliation. He said and I am quoting from The Hindu: “RTI (Right To Information) Act is more potent than Lok Pal. While the Lokpal will create a single institution to fight corruption, with the RTI, every citizen has the tool to fight corruption in his hands. It creates a billion Lokpals and we need to remember that power comes from information”. Arvind Kejriwal started his activities a decade ago, successfully fighting corruption cases with the effective use of RTI, before he joined processions, meetings and preparing draft bill (by the way he is not a lawyer).

  11. Any ACT that is implementable with the information readily accessible and wrong doers punishable is welcome to the common man in our country.Don’t know how far that is possible !

  12. V Raghavan

    I am putting down here something I heard recently. Someone closely working with the government administrators said that bureaucracy is coming to a halt. Taking no decision is not considered corruption, then why take a decision and get “caught” is the general attitude. At this rate, our growth rate will grind down to what is derisively called “the Hindu rate of growth” (3%)!

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