India Against Corruption – Are We on the Right Track?

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I sit today watching the whole story uncover on the other side of the camera, about the episode of peaceful agitation launched by Anna Hazare, his arrest and then the agitation by the people of India. From outside of India, I see this as a mass movement just like the one that we had against extension of Reservation quota by Arjun Singh from the same UPA government. And ironically, I also see the same kind of resistance being offered by the government to accept the reasonable conditions of the people of India. But at the same time, I really wonder whether the agitations going on across the nation are justified. I’ve been trying hard to understand the logic of the demands being made by Anna Hazare and his team. I’ve read and heard enough about Anna ji for last few years to know that he is a man of integrity and honesty, and I’m not questioning his intention of the fast by any means. At the same time, I’m also a citizen of India – the country that was seen growing by leaps and bounds, and then felt cheated when informed about the bugs that’ve eaten up everything and reduced it to a big heap of sand. As a responsible citizen, it’s my duty to ask questions to the ones holding the offices and who are accountable for what has been happening for years. But is this the right way or the only way to ask questions? I have two major apprehensions about the current call for indefinite fast by ‘India Against Corruption’ and Team Anna. My first apprehension is about the demands of the fast. Is this agitation/fast all about bringing a bill in the parliament to be debated by the parliamentarians? If that’s the case then why can’t Team Anna liaise with one of the Opposition Party MPs and get his/her support to take the bill to the parliament? Our law has given this privilege to all the MPs and Varun Gandhi has expressed his interest to do the same. Why hasn’t this solution been discussed and debated upon? Why hasn’t BJP or any other party come forward all this time to propose a...