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
outlookindia.com
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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

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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
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