Cru­sade?

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

In­dian so­cial ac­tivist Anna Hazare, who has taken In­dia by storm lately, has been as­sured that the Lok­pal Bill will be in­tro­duced ac­cord­ing to his wishes. Hazare has emerged as a lead­ing cam­paigner against cor­rup­tion, and his hunger strike re­ceived much pub­lic sup­port be­cause he seemed to have touched a nerve among the pub­lic at large. This was the first time the mid­dle-class in In­dia woke up to its own po­ten­tial and this scared the ‘pro­gres­sives’ as much as the left­ists be­cause they knew they may lose their stran­gle­hold on the poor and il­lit­er­ate masses that kept them in power for so long. Not ig­nor­ing the fact that cor­rup­tion has es­ca­lated in In­dia in the last few decades, one can also not ig­nore the le­gal right of Anna Hazare and his team to rep­re­sent civil so­ci­ety on the is­sue of Lok­pal. Is it not that un­til and un­less the so­called civil so­ci­ety mem­bers go to the peo­ple and win elec­tions, they can­not claim to be rep­re­sent­ing the civil so­ci­ety in the true sense of the term? More im­por­tantly what would hap­pen if the anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog it­self be­comes cor­rupt? Who is go­ing to con­trol the in­spec­tors? Who is go­ing to guard the guardians? These are im­por­tant ques­tions which can­not be brushed un­der the car­pet.

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