For the past few months now the Jan Lokpal Bill controversy has been creating a wave of upsurge against corruption. The strife between the UPA Government and team Anna has been going on blatantly. Once you hear it is in the process of being accepted by the government along with the proposed terms and conditions and the next moment you get to hear in the morning or evening news “Anna goes on fast again as government backs out from accepting the exact terms and conditions of the Jan Lokpal Bill”. How long this turf is going to continue is not known, and the question still remains “Is the Jan Lokpal Bill capable enough to curb corruption completely from the political system of India?” Glancing through the year of 2010-2011, we will realise the number of scams that have been exposed in the past two years, and we will also acknowledge the fact that in the scams maximum of the members of UPA government have been involved either directly or indirectly. As a layman, one might think that that is one of the main reasons for the UPA government to stand up so strictly against the passing of this bill.
The major opposition that the Bill is facing is on the point of bringing the PM’s position under the scrutiny of the Jan Lokpal Bill. The government wants to modify the Bill on the grounds that some of the norms, apart from the one which states that the PM’s position will be under the scrutiny of the Bill, are not possible for the government to agree upon as that would give enormous power in the hands of the Jan Lokpal Bill committee. And that it would take a huge chunk of political power away from the government. The government does not want to provide any judicial or political power in the hands of the Jan Lokpal Bill committee. This is one of the reasons for the government to suggest certain other replacement norms which are neither acceptable to Anna Hazare nor to team Anna as a whole. However, despite fighting for the rights of common man in order to have a corruption free India, the 288 hours fast of Anna Hazare in the Ramlila Maidan did attract a lot of criticism not only from the different political leaders of the UPA government but also from the members of team Anna itself. There were many who thought almost on the 11th day of the fast, when Anna despite health deterioration refused to withdraw from fasting, that it was going out of hand and that they felt somewhere down the line democracy was being challenged and hampered.
Regarding this context, one question should crop up in the minds of all Indians: If, for the sake of doing away with corruption, a 77 year old man is putting up such a huge fight against the government, isn’t it our duty to come up with some solutions which will not only help the nation as a whole to get rid of corruption but will also make the leaders of the country agree to it? A thought to think upon, a task to work on, a decision to hold on – will the Indian citizens still dream of a corruption free nation or will they choose to remain in oblivion and let the cat and mice play between the government and team Anna go on?