20 August 2011

Why Anna Hazare is Wrong?

The anti-corruption crusader's popularity has gone beyond the boundaries, the world media is extensively covering him today and Anna could even inspire a Pakistani to follow his footsteps. Anna Hazare, who went to the extent of calling his movement the 'second freedom struggle' is pulling the crowd and the support for his noble cause is soaring in a fast rhythm. However, there are many who disagree with Anna Hazare and they feel that Anna is proposing a miracle cure that is technically impractical.

Anna is proposing a miracle cure that is technically impractical

Yes there is a public outcry and people are increasingly becoming restless about the amount of corruption that is exposed and those yet to be opened to the public. However, the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill is not regarded as the ultimate solution for this problem as they argue that it would make the complex government system even more complicated and complexity eventually leads to corruption.

They argue that the existing institutions such as CBI, CVC and CAG can serve the purpose if they are made more independent. They question the relevance of a Lok Pal at all on the fact that we have never been able to prevent politicization and undermining of the existing government agencies and how a new Lok Pal will be saved from being politicized or undermined?

Will the Jan Lok Pal be safe from being politicized or undermined?

In an interview with CNN-IBN, Co-Founder of Infosys and Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, Nandan Nilekani said the movement should be organized in a much more holistic and strategic manner. "There is a part of corruption that is big ticket corruption, there is a part of it that is retail corruption," he said. Nilekani termed Anna's protest a naive and simplistic one and said the UID will make sure that the common man's PDS is portable so that they can go to any ration shop. "These are basic, fundamental things which will help in making sure that the people have a much more hassle-free relationship with the State." He said the proposed Jan Lok Pal bill is just one of those many things from the government and if we are going to do something about corruption, we have to do it in a much broader manner.

The independent and impartial opponents have criticized the political parties for the rise of Anna and his movement. They say it's the failure of political parties to represent people or live their expectations that gave rise to a massive movement such as Anna's which is completely apolitical. They warn that such mass movements can pressurize the governments and these can cause dire consequences.

Anna's movement can cause dire consequences

It's a debatable topic if those armchair intellectuals and the so-called activists holding candles out in the street would restrain themselves from the corrupt system when it comes to getting a passport, a driver's license or for an admission in a government job. How can this Jan Lokpal Bill prevent such basic-level corruption which poses a greater threat to the common man than the big-ticket corruptions such as 2G scam and the CWG which the common folks wouldn't even understand?