Civil society, without directly attacking the corporate sector, was doing the same by attacking the State which was weak due to many reasons, former Vice-Chancellor of Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University R.V.R. Chandrasekhara Rao observed here on Monday.

Corporate sector, which prospered due to globalisation created many problems and the civil society was hitting back through its attack on the State, Prof. Chandrasekhara Rao said during his talk on the Lokpal bill organised by the Centre for Policy Studies and the Visakhapatnam Public Library.

Prof. Rao, a former HoD of Politics and Public Administration of Andhra University and a noted scholar, traced the conflicts between the State and the society.

In the globalisation era State was not even technically a welfare State, he said. Judicial activism would also be not an alternative to the Lokpal, he felt.

Director of CPS and former Rector of AU A. Prasanna Kumar, while explaining why the Lokpal bill was needed, what it was and how it has to be implemented, said now the people had woken up and started to fight the corruption, more significantly in a democratic manner.

Variation

There was huge variation in the content of the Lokpal bill prepared by the government and what the civil society wanted.

Former Chairman of Bar Council of India and president of VPL D.V. Subba Rao said the civil society for the first realised the role it should play.

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