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Undemocratic Arrest of Anna Hazare- its Repercussion.

Anna Hazare’s agitation is against Congress Version of Lokpal Bill which allows corruption by ministers and civil servants as they are not included in UPA’S Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare wants end of corruption by all ministers, civil servant and others while the Lokpal Bill as prepared after months of discussion and proposed by Lokpal constitutional authority, includes all and does not exclude any category from corruption, in particular. Thus Anna’s arrest was meant to allow corruption by politicians and civil servants. Hazare arrest, therefore, united all oppositions against the government as the opposition rightly considered government’s version of Lokpal Bill as attack on democracy, which means all pervasive and excludes none.

Just a day after Independence Day celebration, on 16th August, government imposed section 144 and other restrictions so as to prevent Anna Hazare from going on fast and arrested him, worst of all, Anna was soon lodged in Tihar Jail along with worst criminals like A Raja and Kalmadi, Anna had not indulged in violence or even propagated violence, instead he had advised his followers never never to be violent come what may because of Police atrocities. Not allowing or preventing Anna Hazare from fast instead arrested him, a 74 year old respected person with following of thousands all over India, was unfortunate and uncalled for. It is significant that Kiran Bedi first woman IPS officer and former DG Police were also arrested as she was against corruption and was staunch follower of Anna Hazare and his campaign against corruption. So many others staunch followers like Shanti Bhushan, too were arrested. Thereafter thousands of Anna’s follower’s courted arrest and many thousands went on protesting.

Anna Hazare’s along with his close associates arrest caused nationwide uprising from Gujarat to Kerala and from Maharashtra to West Bengal. By evening government realised its folly and withdrew section 144 and release Anna Hazare and his thousands of followers. But to the surprise of government Anna refused to leave Tihar Jail thus embarrassing government further. Anna’s one day arrest has united all the opposition against government. First government laid down conditions against Anna Hazare, now Anna has said that he would leave Tihar Jail only when government unconditionally allows him to go on fast.

Anna’s arrest in the morning and order for release in the evening and mass agitation all over the country in favour of Anna Hazare has been called August Kranti all over India, first time in India since Independence. This is in absolute contrast to emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi all over India and arresting thousands all over India including hundreds of political leaders of all non congress political parties like BJP and others, including BJP’s Vajpayee, even Jai Prakash Narayan.

79 years old Dr Manmohan Singh had been a top ranking economist in World Bank and then in India under the Narasimha Rao’s Government when he was made Finance Minister. He initiated free economy in place of so called socialist economy. As a result Indian businessmen and Indian’s business flourished as never before. Indian economy attained new heights. Thanks to Narasimha Rao and Dr Manmohan Singh the economist.

It was UPA which made him Prime Minister as a show piece while all decisions political or economic were taken by Sonia Gandhi with the advice of her coterie till couple of month’s back. As situation was going out of control, government and PM on the intervention of Rahul Gandhi decided to release Anna Hazare from Tihar Jail and withdraw section 144. Anna had refused to move out of the Tihar Jail till he was allowed to go on fast. Whatever the result UPA and congress have met the worst crisis then ever before.

Government realized its folly and has bowed and has accepted all conditions of Anna Hazare. Anna decided to go on fast for 15 days from Ramlila Maidan from afternoon of 19th August and has had heros welcome at Ramlila Maidan and will remain there along with his thousands of followers. Already 25,000 followers have gathered Hazare has gained and has become leader of whole India as he has united India.

August 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Lokpal Bill or Lok Divide Bill

Even during the latest meeting, called for and presided by PM on Sunday the 3rd July 2011 could not resolve the differences between government and the opposition, though the meeting was attended by BJP leader Advani, while other non UPA political parties by cotted it. Government’s version or draft of Lokpal bill has been called by BJP as Jokepall bill. One of the main causes of discussion is inclusion of PM and his officer under the Lokpal Bill. Even UPA ally DMK who have a number of ministers in UPA besides like karunanidhi’s daughter and other tainted one who are facing judicial inquiry. PM Manmohan Singh, who speaks rarely in public, has come out with a statement that Lokpal must work within framework of constitution. How can Lokpal be outside constitution if PM is involved? PM and the government have to answer.

Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, top most activists against corruption have challenged government’s draft of Lokpal bill. There are so many independent and autonomous departments at present. In the opinion of Kiran Bedi and Kejriwal what can a citizen do if a judge, the CAG, CEC, CIC is corrupt. He can do nothing. In some cases the Parliament can impeach the wrongdoers. But despite the strong and credible evidence of corruption in so many cases, no one has been impeached in 62 years”. Thus only the corrupt are afraid of Lokpal bill. Corrupt person like a Raja have been free for many years despite charges against them.
India’s Supreme Court has shown concern over black money of lakhs of crores of Rupees in foreign banks against which, even government was aware, did not taken any steps to recover it for so many years. A bench of Justice H Sudarshan Reddy and Justice SS Nijhar and Justice BP Jeevan Redy who will head the 13 member SIT. Another retired SC Judge MH Shah will be Vice Chairman of the highest ever judicial team to probe black money or any other failure of the government. Naturally the government is upset and even worried but is helpless. Central government has advanced the consideration of Lokpal Bill in the next session of the parliament. People all over India particularly vast majority of people of Delhi support Lokpal bill crusade against corruption and black money.

Despite meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Anna Hazare is preparing to go on fast in support of Lokpal bill and is very much opposed to government version. Though government had nine rounds of meetings with Anna Hazare group but to no avail.

Law Minister Moily, in a letter to PM in April after Anna Hazare fast, had warned PM not to linger the issue of Lokpal Bill as it was agitating more and more people. Moily had then stressed the PM and government should not stand on prestige on any issue. But PMO though released the letter but ignored the suggestion of law minister Moily
He had also suggested that a CJI should be chosen to head Lokpal Bill committee and no minister should be its member. Had Moily’s suggestion been accepted there would not have been such a storm over Lokpal bill. It has been reported that former CAG Vinod Pai was behind all gigantic scams like that of A Raja 2G, Kalmadi’s CWG and even KG Basin. In addition CAG Vinod Rai was responsible for Gorkkov deal of 2009 relating to procurement of Russian aircraft. Defence deal of 2009 with kickbacks galore. If CAG’s misdeeds are an example how can any other department under the present government can be trusted.
If Anna Hazare goes on fast, as planned in July 2011 itself, there is no doubt that the response will be far more than in April.

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Politics | | Leave a comment

Will Anna Hazare be 21st Century Gandhi?

Gandhi fought for India’s independence, then considered, most important and many thought it will not last but Mahatma Gandhi was considered apostle of non violence and is known as such not only in India but throughout the colonies of British, Portugal and France, in South East Asia and Africa. Gandhi is remembered after 60 years, as pioneer of passive resistance and non violence. Even US President Barack Obama has Gandhi’s photo in his office. Ofcourse in India, then home of non-violence, Gandhi’s photos and statues are everywhere. In India, Gandhi’s lasting contribution was also boycott of British manufactured cotton textiles and clothes which led to industrialization of India and employment to millions of workers in Indian factories and handicrafts that was symbolized by the spinning wheel or Charkha, India benefitted a lot from Gandhi’s encouragement to Indian Industry and Indian handicrafts to this day. In contrast in Britain tens of thousands of workers, particularly in Lankashire became unemployed, most of them British women workers who were paid less wages for the same work than their men counterparts for the same work.

These are the lasting contributions of Gandhi the Mahatma to India and the world in the 20th century. Now about the likelihood of Anna Hazare becoming 21st century Gandhi or Mahatma, especially for India, if he succeeds in eliminating corruption in India in all spheres, industries, income- tax, police, civil servants and politicians.

Already after for couple of days of his fast in Jantar Mantar area of Delhi adjoining Connaught place and hardly 1 km from Parliament House, more than 500 people mostly young joined Anna in his fast unto death against corruption. On 5th April, two former Chief Ministers, Chautala of Haryan and Uma Bharati of Rajasthan who tried to get some limelight and came to meet Anna Hazare were booed and ‘shooed off’ virtually pushed out by Anna’s followers, particularly by those who had joined the fast. Sharad Pawar, a politician, now also known for Corruption was criticized and dishonoured so much that he quit from chairmanship of the organization he headed.

Watching for a week unprecedented response to Anna Hazare by millions of Indian citizens against corruption, the UPA, infact the Congress, got so worried that it virtually, after 3 days government sent for negotiations Sibal and two other with Parshant Bhushan. Government surrendered to Anna Hazare’s basic demands. Anna’s followers all over India felt jubilant as they had won the first battle in 2nd war of Independence, now against corruption. Wars, wether these are World Wars or for Independence of country or Independence from corruption can not be won in a day or week. The first battle against corruption launched by Anna Hazare has been won. Anna Hazare has already announced 15th August 2011 the date for winning war against corruption. If the UPA II fails to surrender or concede victory to Anna Hazare’s war against corruption then it is likely that there will be no end to peaceful demonstrations all over India to demonstrate solidarity and determination to win the war against corruption for whole of India.

The second war of Independence is against nationwide, corruption, which during last seven years under UPA II touched sky because of 2G scam, corruption in CWG and appointment of Thomas as CVI. However after accepting the demand of Anna Hazare during 4 days fast and nation wide agitation, the government virtually accepted defeat and agreed to Anna Hazare’s demand to pass the Lokpal bill as comprehensive as Anna’s adviser Shantibhushan and other suggest by 15th August. Central government of India, to save its prestige and possible fall went half way in accepting Anna’s demands. But halfway in tackling corruption is not at all acceptable just as halfway independence of India i.e. Home rule was not acceptable to Gandhiji. During 1st war of Independence, Gandhiji’s non-violent agitation continued till 15th August 1947 when India got complete independence.

It is unprecedented that Lokpal bill remained untouched during last 42 years and no attempt was made to consider it or pass it. Out of 42 years Congress was in power for 37 years and only for 5 years BJP was in power, so it is mainly the Congress and now UPA who were sleeping over it. Even during 7 years when UPA II has been in power it did not think of taking into consideration, as UPA II was not serious about eliminating or even reducing corruption.

That is why the government did not ractify U N pact against graft during last six years though India signed UN convention against graft in 2005. During last six years India’s PM Manmohan Singh visited USA almost six times. If Indian government was serious, it could ratify the UN pact against graft in a year or two. But it is understood that Department of Personnel and training steadfastly opposed it. But why the government if convinced and serious about ending corruption, did not overrule DOPT and ratify it. Had the government ratified, it could get the black money of lakhs of crores in foreign banks and also take action against those who had cheated India to evade tax. As the government was not ready to disclose the names in public, despite repeated demand by opposition, in particular, as many politicians including ministers and high officials of government were involved. Government of India should have ratified the UN pact against graft immediately and got lakhs of crores of people’s money back.

It is apt to conclude this review with Anna Hazare’s own words. To a question: How hopeful are you that the government will accept your demands. Anna Hazare the great and determined replied as under:

“I have started the fight and I will not back off. The country has had enough. Just count the number of scams and the amount of money involved in it. The scamsters are not going to jail. The Lokpal Bill will send them to jail and they will be punished for their crimes. The government wants to keep everything secret.” After giving some details about governments negligence and failure in tracking corruption, Anna Hazare announced: “I am ready to sacrifice my life for this bill”. But neither people of India who had supported the nation-wide agitation for 4 days, nor the government of India could afford that Anna to become bed ridden, so all wished that Anna should live long. Here are some significant views expressed by Anna on government officials, particulars, ministers and also on Gandhiji.

“The agitation is for the people of this country. It will get rid the nation of corrupt leaders. I am not associated with anybody. I am a follower of Gandhiji and he would not have liked today’s situation in the country. The corrupt leaders and officers are more dangerous than terrorists. People ask me being a Gandhian how could you advocate hanging corrupt people. My answer is that today times have changed. You need Shivaji’s sward to enface Gandhian principles.” About the corrupt leaders and officers Anna says what is apparently correct that “when they themselves are corrupt how strong will the Lokpal bill be that they pass. I am not against any government. I only want a corruption free nation”. Anna Hazare finally in the interview warns the government by giving example of his agitations in Maharashtra: “My earlier agitations have caused fall of two Maharashtra governments. I do not want the government at the centre to fall. But if they continue to be intoxicated by power, the public will teach them a lesson.” His interview, as above, is both an advice to the government and a warning. To the people of India Anna Hazare, 21st century Gandhi, has advised that they should be ready for long struggle with determination to win the second war of Independence against corruption in their nation. People should ignore dissenting remarks by Kapil Sibal and even Advani or any politician or political party and, if need be, carry on nation-wide agitation till they make India shine as absolutely free from corruption.

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Politics | , | Leave a comment