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We are with Hazare
The Congress party is on thin ice
when it tries to hoodwink people into
believing that the real issue over the
anti-corruption bill is who drafts the
law. Who drafts the law is not as impor-
tant as what goes into it.
There is no other peaceful alternative
in sight to reform the system other than
the one provided by Hazare, who has
the overwhelming support of the Indian
masses who are fed up with the corro-
sion of the India’s system of governance.
While common citizens struggle to
make two ends meet, thanks to rampant
inflation deliberately promoted in the
name of growth, the wealthy and pow-
erful people in the system are looting
Hazare has correctly tried to shame
Prime Minister Singh for being a key
element in such a corrupt system. Singh
has gained a lot from this system. Now
he should work for the people and
endorse a really effective Jan Lokpal Bill
that should send shivers down the spine
of the corrupt all over the country.
It does not matter who drafts the bill –
the government, the opposition or
Anna’s team – as long as reform and
accountability are embedded in it.
The Congress party is trying to make
this a partisan issue, trying to mobilize
its supporters by saying that Hazare
represents the Opposition Bharatiya
Janata Party. That is a bad way to deal
with the state of affairs in India.
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With massive protests against corrup-
tion sweeping India, it is time for all
Indians to introspect.
Is the government or the ruling class-
es solely responsible for all the corrup-
tion? Definitely not.
Corruption — or more correctly
acceptance of corruption — has become
the norm in India. We should not forget
that the person who gives bribe is as
guilty as the person who accepts it.
Every sector of the society has become
corrupt to some degree. That is what it
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