Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Letters to Editor (Ambedkar & Anna)

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August 24, 2011
Ambedkar & Anna

I agree with the views expressed by Sukhadeo Thorat in the article
"Ambedkar's way & Anna Hazare's methods" (Aug. 23). Adopting
unconstitutional means to stop unconstitutional practices is also
unconstitutional. How can a person use an authoritarian practice to
ask a group of people to end a wrong practice? Has Team Anna exhausted
all constitutional avenues to find a solution to the deadlock over the
Lokpal Bill?

Ayushi Goel,


I agree with Mr. Thorat that the Lokpal Bill should be debated
carefully by all sections. The process may take time. But let it be
done carefully and with the knowledge that there is a possibility of
some implementers themselves becoming more corrupt than some of our
present-day legislators, police officials, and guardians of law. The
anti-corruption issue has already been politicised. In our country,
corruption takes many forms. It is all-pervasive and does not spare
even places of worship. However carefully worded and inclusive the
Lokpal Bill is, where is the assurance that its guardians will be
non-corrupt? Our freedom fighters were noble but, today, freedom is
the most abused word as is democracy.

Regina Papa,


India is a mature democracy with a strong Constitution that provides
for a number of ways to protest against injustice. Mr. Hazare is no
doubt a man of integrity. But he should respect the Constitution and
the law of the land.

Jasvinder Sidhu,

New Delhi

Constitutional methods can be adopted against only those who have a
sense of moral responsibility. The UPA government is not willing to
take responsibility for the corrupt acts of its own Ministers. The
nation wants an anti-corruption law that makes everyone accountable
and can punish anyone, from a Prime Minister to a bureaucrat, found
guilty of corruption.

Mohit Panwar,


When Team Anna followed the constitutional process — negotiating with
the representatives of the government on the joint drafting committee,
meeting the members of all political parties, etc. — the consequence
was a toothless Lokpal Bill. Is not, then, the government responsible
for making the common man lose faith in constitutional methods?

Anshul Sharma,


The article is critical of Mr. Hazare's methods of agitation and urges
him to use constitutional methods like Dr. Ambedkar did in the 1920s
and 1930s. But what accountability have the so-called constitutional
authorities shown in all these years vis-à-vis corruption? Revolution
does not conform to a system. And India needs a revolution to save it
from corruption.

K. Sathya Sai,


Mr. Thorat offers an interesting insight into the constitutional
methods of protest. But some situations demand drastic action. The
Lokpal Bill is aimed at fighting corruption. Are not Dalits at the
receiving end of corruption too? Is it not a problem faced by all
Indians? The Jan Lokpal Bill, too, has a provision to take care of
frivolous complaints.

R. Sowmiya,



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