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Simran, second from left, and Ikrah, right, offer coconut water and honey to Indian social activist Anna Hazare after he ended his fast at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, August 28.
Sense and nonsense
India’s lawmakers registered a considerable victory in the Team Anna versus
Parliament tussle, believes Sheela Bhatt
The historic city of New Delhi has witnessed, over hundreds of years, many bloody wars, battles and eceptions. In the city where for the sake of power, kings have been murdered by their sons,
Kisan Baburao ‘Anna’ Hazare was taken for a ride by
After the veteran activist broke his 288-hour fast for a
strong Lokpal Bill, many Indians celebrated the ‘victory of
But it is too early to celebrate.
The battle for the Lokpal Bill has just begun. There is no
guarantee at all if it will be passed anytime soon. It is possible that the scope of the Lokpal bill debate may broaden
and the issue may continue to be debated even next year.
Parliament has just expressed its intent and there are
dozens of past examples where it has expressed such grand
wishes. Two decades ago, parliament expressed its desire to
get back Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
The select few who witnessed from close quarters what
happened inside both Houses of parliament say confident-
ly that the focus of the lawmakers was not the Lokpal Bill.
All of them wanted to get rid of Hazare’s fast and wanted
an immediate end to the television broadcast of the ‘show’
at New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan.