27 October, 2020

Thus Spake Hammurabi

As the Lokpal Bill gets mired in a tortuous birthing, the debate shifts to who exactly has the right to pass a law

Jitender Gupta
Thus Spake Hammurabi

Why Politicians Hate Civil Society

  • Unelected activists stealing Parliament’s right to make laws, undercutting role of parliamentarians
  • Demands like an all-powerful Lokpal directly impact political-bureaucratic class and the status quo
  • Rigid deadlines, fasts unto death to press home issues are akin to holding government to ransom
  • Streetcorner populism of activists runs counter to both the demands of realpolitik and tenets of democracy


Sparring Points

Besides Lokpal Bill, politicians have sparred with civil society on four key pieces of legislation

  • RTI Act: Various arms of government first block it, now place conditions designed to strangle transparency
  • Right to Food: The Planning Commission differs with activists on what percentage of poor should be covered
  • ...


    To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

More from Anuradha Raman

Latest Magazine

November 02, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section