13 April, 2021

Double Dissent

NGOs differ on Jan Lokpal, pick on Team Anna’s shortcomings

Jitender Gupta
Double Dissent

Conflict Amongst NGOs?

  • Great response to Anna seen as success of civil society
  • NGOs agree on wiping off corruption in government, not on solutions
  • They celebrate the middle class finding voice; but mourn lack of reach among villagers
  • Divergence in views seen as healthy for debate; onus on govt to take final call


First the good news: after over 40 years of procrastination, there are suddenly three drafts of a proposed legislation to wipe off (or at least curb) corruption stemming directly from government. The fact that two of them have come from non-governmental organisations is yet another affirmation of the rising power of civil society. But the strong critique of Team Anna’s version by Aruna Roy, a member of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), which has drafted the third version, has surprised, even upset, observers. For, Aruna Roy’s team has an undeniably...

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