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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tavleen Singh: A despotic Jan Lokpal Bill is not the solution



As I have watched mass hysteria build up over Anna Hazare’s fast, there have been moments when I felt that his supporters had forgotten that India is a democratic country. I have long believed that the most apolitical Indians are those who belong to the English speaking, tweeting, texting middle classes but I had no idea just how apolitical they were till last week. Without reading the Jan Lokpal bill that Anna Hazare is trying to ram down our throats, actors, writers, social activists, television anchors and sundry other supposedly educated Indians leapt on to Anna’s bandwagon.

Some seemed to have been inspired by the recent revolution in the Middle East. They babbled on about text messages and social media sites having brought about a ‘people’s movement’ without noticing that in India the people have the right to vote. Every five years they choose who they want to represent them in the Lok Sabha and in their state assemblies. It is the job of these legislatures to make laws for the country. It is not the job of sanctimonious activists. 

If they had bothered to read the draft that Hazare’s Leftist advisors have drawn up, they would have noticed that its worst flaw is that it is anti-democratic in the most frightening way. It is not an ombudsman that it seeks to create but a despot with the powers to investigate, judge and punish anyone he suspects of corrupt practices. So if some NGO type of Leftist persuasion were to decide that his local MP was spending his constituency allowance on a project that did not benefit ‘the masses’, he (or she) could complain to his local Lokayukta and organise a raid on the MP’s property and order his arrest if he decides that public funds are being misused. It is not just officials but private citizens who will be under the Lokpal’s purview.

This is the way of totalitarian countries like China. It is not India’s way but you would not know it if you had been watching our news channels last week. One famous TV anchor became a sort of Lokpal himself by haranguing a Congress Party spokesman on behalf of ‘the people of India.’

Meanwhile Anna Hazare has ordered a ‘jail bharo andolan’ as if we were still fighting the British. And, his coterie of Lefty advisors are using their fifteen minutes of fame to rant against the liberal economic policies that have brought the only prosperity that India has seen since 1947. Without it there would be no tweeting, texting middle class.

If we want corruption to end, we could begin by banning hereditary MPs and making it compulsory for political parties to have regular elections. We could also ban political parties who cannot account for their donations. Political parties are richer today than ever because they have become leeches on the back of the private sector.

Nearly all corruption in India is related to government. If big businessmen pay for every contract they get, pavement shopkeepers pay for the right to earn their meagre living. I have never met an Indian who has not been forced to bribe an official at some time or other. This is why there is so much understandable anger against corruption but anyone who thinks a despotic Lokpal is the solution is deluded, naïve or an NGO.

Speaking of which, I found it most annoying last week to listen to NGOs behave as if they were the incorruptible, rightful spokesmen for ‘civil society’. In my time, I have met as many corrupt NGOs as I have met corrupt officials and they are accountable to nobody. Many receive funds from mysterious foreign sources that they would have to declare if they stood for elections. Is that why fasting in Jantar Mantar is the preferred option? If NGO types want to make laws, let them get elected to the Lok Sabha or else go back to activities that are genuinely non-governmental. Making laws is the right of governments, no matter how ineffective or corrupt these governments may be. This appears to have been forgotten in the mass hysterics of last week. It is time to remember.

Tavleen Singh in Indian Express. More Here

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Ajay Jain said...

Yes. The Jan Lokpal Bill is not the solution. The promoters of the Jan Lokpal Bill are profoundly misguided.

Corruption cannot be eliminated with stringent laws alone. We already have loads and loads of law.

What could we achieve with a new law?
It is ridiculous.

Himani said...

Ms. Tavleen you seem to be more concerned about protecting the "Failed form of democracy" than about protecting the interests of people. I can't believe someone in the right mind can make a statement like however lousy the government is--its their job to make laws!... Yeah sure, laws with loopholes....the "common man" who has "not read" the janlokpal bill understands it better than you that the bill makes the politicians (who have risen to power through corrupt practices answerable)......Lokpal bill is not being thrust upon us--but the corrupt,undemocratic form of "democracy" is! We don't believe that India has "real democratic" elections or whether elections bring the right government to power---the losers in political scenario are not worth trusting--We want a third party to check them, who can in NO WAY benefit or make profits, or even make laws, but is there ONLY and exclusively to check corruption, and is independent from the people who are conducting business. The person who checks the government has to be INDEPENDENT from the government. And the bottom line is--its NOT about lokpal bill/ being parliamentary or not, its about US-the people of India, and what we want for ourselves--because parliament or anything is NOT more important than what we COLLECTIVELY want for ourselves!

racktem rajguru said...

As you have mentioned..if lokpal is not the solution...what exactly is the solution
Even I agree to your point that we had been a part of this corruption ...in one way or the other.
Now people are fed up of this mechanism and wants someone or an organization to eradicate this corruption.
You are talking about implementing strict anti corruption laws...but I think lokpal is nothing different from that....
Simply implementing anti corruption laws will not solve the problem when the law enforcers are itself corrupt.
There are laws for crimes in india but at the same time police is also their to implement it.
In the same way with strong anti corruption law..lokpal mechanism is required

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