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Updated: August 1, 2011 14:43 IST

Hazare, Ramdev trying to dictate terms to Centre, says Pranab

Raktima Bose
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Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee gestures during a press conference in Kolkata on Sunday. Photo: PTI
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee gestures during a press conference in Kolkata on Sunday. Photo: PTI

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday accused social activists Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev of trying to “dictate” terms to the Centre and “weakening” parliamentary democracy by threatening an indefinite fast to get their demands accepted.

At a press conference here, Mr. Mukherjee also criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for backing the anti-graft movement in a bid “to capture power in an indirect way after being rejected by the people in elections.” The BJP was a “political instrument” of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The RSS, he said, came out in support of the movement to wriggle out of the sticky situation it found itself in, after it turned out that it was responsible for several extremist activities, including the Malegaon blast.

While he admitted that the current political situation bore “some similarity” to the pre-Emergency days in 1975, Mr. Mukherjee asserted that Emergency would not be imposed again.

The draft Lokpal Bill would be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament, but the Centre could not commit itself to its immediate passage as that was the prerogative of Parliament. “It has been threatened that he [Mr. Hazare] will start an indefinite fast from August 16 if the bill is not passed by August 15. What does that mean? The Constitution grants Parliament the right to pass bills. If someone dictates the time frame for a bill's passage from outside, will it strengthen or weaken the parliamentary democratic system,” he asked.

Mr. Mukherjee was critical of Mr. Hazare's demand for bringing the office of Prime Minister and the judiciary within the ambit of the Lokpal, and raised questions about the procedure proposed for selecting the Lokpal.

Asked about his having gone to the airport, along with four other Cabinet Ministers, to hold dialogue with Baba Ramdev, he said the situation the Centre faced was akin to a double-edged sword. “If we had not tried to talk, the allegation would have been that why the government did not try and why was it so arrogant. When the government made the effort, the allegation is that it is so weak.”

PTI reports:

Mr. Mukherjee expressed relief at Ramdev's decision to break his fast. “Thank God he has given up his fast. I pray to God for his health.”

It is very interesting that most of the protagonists of the jan lokpal bill are from government service or PIL lawyers who had enjoyed government benefits and have turned today as peoples representatives and want the elected government to fall at their feet. Yes we should be rid of corruption and for this a separate organisation has to be formed through elections have a majority in our parliament and bring about this change. The present approach of fasting etc., is not going to bring down corruption as the majority of elected reps are beyond redemption

from:  N G Manoharan
Posted on: Jun 15, 2011 at 20:48 IST

When will the govt understand that by pressurizing more against the corruption they are proving that whatever Baba Ramdev has told is true. If not, then why cant they at least try to take some steps. And also, Mr Pranab Mukherjee has told that August 15th is too short a deadline. Its really shameful to know that the government cannot even decide anything even with almost 2 months in hand.

from:  Srikanth G
Posted on: Jun 14, 2011 at 13:20 IST

Seeing the current Negative response of the government to the agitation taken up by Anna Hazare and Ramdev, we feel ashamed to elect such vicious people as our ministers. In the election time these ministers beg for our votes and make false promises which have never been fulfilled, and now when the common man has raised his voice and peacefully asking for a amicable solution with the help of the well recognized Civil society members, the government has started Smear campaign against them.
The day is not far when we'll see protests as vehement as in the Middle east and the government will not be able to withstand it. These ill Politicians like Digvijay singh and Pranab Mukherjee are declaring these Silent protests as illegal and uncalled for. And a few days back he was the one who made a furore over the arrest of Rahul Gandhi in Bhatta Parsaul village over the farmers agitation, calling his arrest as illegal, as he was only doing silent protests. It's a shame over such double standards of the ministers like him with such a respected office in charge.

from:  Govind Mohan Adlakha
Posted on: Jun 14, 2011 at 13:17 IST

Politician create situations like present day due to their inactive ness once they get into the parliament or pursue their own personnel agendas living the people who made them sit there. Shri Pranab Mukherjee is a seasoned politician and knows exactly what is wrong with the country, but its sad that other wise powerful thinking people like shri prnab mukherjee and others fail to raise the real concern and what is true. Finally in the end Turth Prevails. People knowing the truth should come out and support it,when it is the right moment and do their part in service of the nation.

from:  Baiju
Posted on: Jun 14, 2011 at 07:10 IST

Well Pranab, You are dictating to 1.2 billion people. You are the one who is acting like a dictator. Anna is representing the 1.2 billion people. At least he is honest. You are not only dis-honest but also corrupt. Bottomline, If you don't acceed to voters demand then you will be thrown out by us.

from:  Anand Kumar
Posted on: Jun 14, 2011 at 05:22 IST

Had the parliament and parliamentarians done their job, this situation wouldn't have arisen. The congress government which breaks the spirit of the constitution and systematically weakens institutions is now using the very constitution as an excuse to divert the attention. Does Pranab expect the citizens to keep quite and the loot to continue? Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are manifestations of the public anger against corruption and the reluctance of the government to do anything about it. Stop trying to divert the attention from lokpal bill by targeting individuals. Instead of rhetoric, Pranab should openly discuss his views on Lokpal bill.

from:  Vaishnav
Posted on: Jun 14, 2011 at 02:00 IST

Tolerance and civility constitute the minimal foundations of a liberal society as well as the mature graces of a good society. Mahatma Gandhi expanded this statement, as follows: "A Government is an instrument of service only in so far as it is based upon the will and consent of the people." (Gandhi, Young India, Oct 1919) "Submission to the State law is the price a citizen pays for his personal liberty." When there is only a caricature of a responsible government, things can be much worse than under a frankly and purely autocratic government. The latter, not dependent upon the votes of any class, can afford to be impartial to all. The former dare not. Submission, therefore to a State wholly or largely unjust is an immoral barter for liberty."(YI, Jan 1927)
"If a State is corrupt and many of its laws governing the conduct of a person are positively inhuman, if its administrators are capricious and regulated by nothing but their own whims and fancies and form an almost but extremely powerful corporation, if the system of government is based upon a merciless exploitation of millions of people, then “loyalty to a State so corrupt is a sin, disloyalty a virtue." (YI, Mar 1930). "You assist an administration most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil administration never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good man will, therefore, resist an evil system of administration with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty." (YI, Mar 1930)

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 23:17 IST

NEW PLEDGE BY CONGRESS: India is country of Congress members. Only CONGRESS members are my brothers and sisters. I love my congress party and I am proud of its rich men and women. I shall always strive to protect all CONGRESS men and women. I shall respect all CONGRESS men and women, . Stop listening to what teachers and all other elders out of CONGRESS say, and treat everyone with rude words. To my country and my people, I pledge my CORRUPTION . In their well being and MONEY alone, lies my happiness.

from:  Nitish C Kumar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 22:51 IST

The Congress has shown its true colors in the publicity blitz it has undertaken recently, with a view to undermine the Civil Society movement and the causes it stands for, which are actually people's causes. Having successfully 'evicted' Ramdev from the scene, the Govt. is now trying to get rid of Anna Hazare also, so that they can make-up a wishy-washy LokPal Bill, and get it passed with the help of BSP and SP ,their traditional allies only for voting, and continue to perpetuate Corruption and blackmoney in this country for another 50 years.
The people of this country should be very careful and conscious of the devious designs of the present ruling dispensation. Pranab Mukerjee is proving to be a real comedian in this UPA Tamasha, when he says that the parliament cannot be dictated by Civil Society, when the movement of Anna hazare is precisely against this current Parliament which has come to be seen as a symbol of corruption and black money, and its occupants have no other option but listen to what the people now have to say through its 'true' representatives of the Civil Society Team. The ones they have chosen and sitting inside parliament have shown themselves unworthy of their expected role. Pranab Mukerjee must understand that if the Congress believes that Democracy allows the voice of the people to be heard only once every 5 years , and people are cursed to endure monumental corruption and misrule blaming their fate in between these 5 years, he and his govt. are sadly mistaken. This may be their concept of democracy and sadly they cleverly led the people to believe as such, partly because of the cynical attitude of the previous generation. The present generation of people representing, a new generational change are not cynical, but firm in their resolve to throw things out if the Govt.is seen to be unfit for the role at any point of time in the mandated 5 years.They are not prepared to give a blank cheque and wait for 5 years for a change and have already nominated Annaji as their spokesman.Annaji is now the spokesman of the People's Party, which represents the real voice of democracy now.
So, Mr.Pranab Mukerjee, if your age and beliefs still lives in your comfort days of the Indira Gandhi's rule, pls. come out of it and face the reality. This is not the India you lived 40 years ago, it is different, and may be, you may be the first person who will have to vacate the scene , if you continue making worthless and baseless remarks against Annaji with a very criminal intent to stifle the voice of the people, who are on the move against corruption and nepotism , anyway. Iam sure you are experienced enough not to under-estimate the people's force.

from:  K.S.Ranganathan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 21:36 IST

Now Mr.Pranab tries to link the present anti-corruption movement by the leading Crusaders Anna and Baba with pre emergency situations.He assures that emergency will not be imposed.The lame duck central government is simply passing the days as non perfoming government. The Bengal Government lead by Ms. Mamta Banergee and her team have already been reigning terror as Fascist way on her oppossion.The TMC was given birth from the womb of the congress.So the central government is rehearsing the imposition of emergency through their sister concern.

from:  Anup Homray
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 19:05 IST

Pranav asks how can civil society (Hazare, Ramdev) force the government to make a law bypassing the democratic process. He needs to rephrase the question and ask why the civil society needs to force the politicians and the government officers to do the work they should have done decades earlier? The MPs had decades of opportunity to make the Lokpal law but they were delaying it on purpose. Someone now has to put a deadline and force them. How else does Pranav hope for the law??

from:  Ankur
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 17:39 IST

The people of India should be vested with powers to oust the government that is not responsive to genuine aspirations of the common man. If by this, there are frequent elections, so be it. The country can afford to pay for the elections - a cheaper option, I guess, to bleeding through corruption. I earlier thought that the right to recall a legislator or an MP was necessary. It seems that that is not sufficient - what is needed perhaps is to recall the entire parliament!

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 15:52 IST

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's accusation against people 'such as Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev ' is quite unconvincing. No doubt our parliamentary democracy is continually 'weakening', not because of social activists and other hapless voters of the country but because of the predominantly criminalised, corrupt, power-hungry, self-centered and millionaire politicians. When Hazare and Ramdev are concentrating on anti-corruption movements, Mukherjee is diverting the issue by talking about 'BJP's attempt to capture power and RSS's involvement in extremist activities'. He however admits his party's role in 'emergency' which saw the weakest shape of Indian democracy. The Minister's arrogant manner in which he refuses to commit to passage of the Lokpal Bill, in the light of Hazare's decision to resort to satyagraha in case the Bill is not passed by August 15 this year, is nothing but questioning people's right to peaceful agitations and contains the British tone of threat before Independence. It is no wonder that Mukherjee is not happy with the public opinion that everyone including the Prime Minister and the higher Judiciary should be under the ambit of the Lokpal. It should not be forgotten the Government representatives in the drafting committee want all MPs to remain outside Lokpal's viewing, at least to the extent of crimes they do within the Houses. His apprehensions on how to select a Lokpal is genuine, with the existing magnitude and level of corruption.

from:  P.R.V.Raja
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 15:48 IST

Be it Central or State. When the Elected Body is turning blind and deaf, it is the right of people of India, to remind the elected body of their responsibility and seek action to remedy the situation and redeem the honour of parliament. This in no way can be said to be 'dictating terms'. It is rather making the public stand 'categorical'.
It is time to ACT. Let us not waste time in debates and passing criticisms on one another, but vow to uproot the virus called 'corruption'.

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 15:42 IST

The Congress cannot tolerate anything against Corruption,they will go beyond any means to Crush this Bill.The Whole Nation is with you ,on this Bill to be implemented,and Nobody can stop this.Its the Voice of the Indian People.Go Ahead....

from:  Anil Pookot
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 15:19 IST

Pranab says - "In a democratic system, in a democratic society, everybody has a right to agitate on certain issues which he feels right or wrong....Those who want to dismantle the process of Constitution, Congress party will fight against them."
MS: 3 points... 1. Exactly how did the peaceful agitation imply dismantling the process of constitution? I believe, putting forth your views through demonstration (here, views on corruption), especially so when the corruption is visible even beyond very wild imagination of everyone (excepting those who have taken corruption to such levels), is, if not a fundamental duty of a citizen then is atleast his/her moral duty and fundamental right. To quote Shanti Bhushan - "Doing peaceful demonstration is a citizen's fundamental right. This strengthens and creates a vibrant democracy." 2. Agitate on certain issues! Oh really now! Why just certain issues? Who decides which viewpoint can be challenged? How/Why cannot 'black money' and corruption be questioned by the people of India? 3. Calling a peaceful rally/demonstration an agitation! This is like putting words into the mouths of people. Without any substantial premise, saying that the demonstration wanted to 'dismantle the process of constitution' is misleading, inappropriate and irresponsible.
In short, he makes a single line statement which has ZERO truth+substance.

from:  Mayank
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 14:59 IST

Shri H'ble Finance Minister, Congress and Allies (UPA) have come to power making promises, You said what others have not done, you will do! Your Government spoke of Aam Admi! now when Aam Admi ask questions, you tell us we are dictating terms? Sir, you dont think this attitude is impolite to common citizens of India? So while you seek vote, you promise! later you ignore the civil society? its the Civil society which supported you form the Government.
You need our Votes and not our Voices. Well heard! We Indian will behave. Sir, you can cheat uneducated voters, how about us?

from:  Suresh Vijayan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 14:37 IST

It is pathetic to see that the UPA Govt is trying its level best to manipulate the Lokbal Bill so as to protect themselves from the people. Once elected, our elected representatives think that they are above law and no one should question their actions. It is quite satirical to see that our politicians fear the same public who have elected them. It seems, Pranab Mukherjee is desperate to tarnish the image of Anna Hazare knowing his public support. Almost all of the political parties fear Lokpal Bill as it has the potential to bring MP's and the Judiciary into public accountability. That is why all of the political parties are maintaining silence on this issue. All political parties are in agreement with each other on Lokpal Bill. What a unity in diversity.

from:  Praveen Koshy Vaidyan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 14:04 IST

Government is buying time by doing all the drama. This is the real face of Congress

from:  Manish Chauhan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 13:15 IST

Let me finish having a laugh- Stop! Stop! what are you saying Pranabda? It is clear you are not able to govern properly, once you say it is coalition dharma for which you (or people of India) are getting such corrupt governance. Now, when we had enough of it - you recollect Parliament is supreme. We know that is a theoretical presumption which is not a fact given powerless PM and corrupt ministers and parliamentarians in Tihar jail.
We need to make sure that country suffers no more for your greed to govern at any cost and lack of interest to punish the corrupt. You may very well be busy in finding assets of Anna and Baba but have no time to get under the skin of Koda, Kalmadi, Kani, Balwa, Raja, Raju, Telgi, Chavan and many more. Enough of joking Pranabda .... get back to your work and behave. We have not time for this nonsense preaching.

from:  Jayesh
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 13:13 IST

When Government forget its Role and Responsibilities then its obvious we [Aam Aadmi] has to remind it. After all they are into power because we have handed over the power to them. Government is servant to us NOT a ruler.

from:  Manish Chauhan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 13:07 IST

The press statements of Shri Pranab Mukerjee though deserve all merit but not apt to the situation created in the country by the present government. It seems that corruption has become the style of functioning of the government. No doubt that Parliament is an organization which is to be respected by everybody but some Parliamentarians including Ministers who are to uphold its values are corrupt in the eyes of public. Everybody feels that there has not been any government till now which is corrupt as the present government. Periodically more and more instances of corruption in the government are getting exposed. People are disappointed by the current keepers of democracy and they do sometimes extreme actions which should not have been even thought of. So do thorough cleaning process in the government and remove all Ministers and bureaucrats who are even suspected as tainted.It is not an easy job but it is the need of the hour.

from:  C.K. George
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 12:35 IST

"The Constitution grants Parliament the right to pass bills. If someone dictates the time frame for a bill's passage from outside, will it strengthen or weaken the parliamentary democratic system," he asked. " FM is right in his above statement but the govt. should think hard why so many scams are being surfaced which is not strenthening the democracy either.

from:  Anil Kumar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 12:27 IST

Why this hesitation from the Government for a good cause. Agenda of admitting and passing of bill in the parliament should not be left to few elected representatives who see their own benefits and side-lining/over-looking country's good.

from:  Ram Mehrotra
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 12:01 IST

Congress is caught in a tight corner. It is trying to defend the indefensible.

from:  Krishna Iyer
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 11:59 IST

India SEEMS to be changing in the right direction. Hope people like Anna takes this moment to it's final stage and makes sure that every single demand in the lokpal bill is implemented.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 11:59 IST

Winning trust of the people on the working of parliamentary democracy with or without direct telecast is the job of the nagar sevaks(MPs)of the serving(ruling) government.People find government institutions boring,fit for government survival and not working to address their genuine demands.UPA-1 was better then UPA-2.During UPA-1 when communist-congress were playing good cop- bad cop the RTI bill was passed but PM and others were kept out of it reach. BJP instead focussed on muslims and Christians while congress kept the people divided by clever survival goverance but did no ground work.BJP failed to fill up oppostion space when communists walked out of UPA.The biggest tragedy is the ground work.Final goal and war against corruption needs more leaders in addition to Anna`s team who can make interventions and bring transparency also at grassroots level where people find corruption in local thana(police) and food distribution PDS level.Both Bjp and congress had lot of time in designing a system that can filter corruption at grassroots level.

from:  Rakesh Manchanda
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 11:52 IST

Our government is showing both fascist and symptoms of being a banana democracy where a constitution becomes more sacrosant than people.While agreeing that in a democracy parliament is supreme,how the voices of a group of people however minority they may may be can be suppressed in the name of majority.In that case how we are different from our Pakistan ,where the religious minorities can be controlled in the name of Shariat?

from:  Atis
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 11:49 IST

What else can the civil society do, except agitate, if its elected representatives have chosen to remain indifferent and inflict wounds on the nation? The institution of democracy cannot be used as a shield for political whimsicality. We have seen how good the Parliament has made use of its 'constitutional right to make bills' against corruption.
No one can be a judge in his own cause. How can we expect the Parliamentarians to pass a law which will nail their own wrong doings, without pressure from civil society?

from:  Gogula Neetika
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 11:33 IST

Leaders of Indian corrupt party know how to strangulate any legitimate movement for the right cause. To bring tough legislation to curb to corruption in parliament or higher judiciary goes against their oblique motive. If we would have any such legislation or effective judiciary/enforcement agencies, 99% of current breed of politicians would have been behind the bars. It is very sad to see India being killed from inside.

from:  Tarsem
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 11:31 IST

Then why the current government had not think/ implement the Lokpal Bill since the government have formed. Please still In India still lot of poor people are living, try bring the all Black money that Big shots had in international banks. Save India. Be a human and try to help poor people.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 11:19 IST

All congress ministers including Pranab Mukharjee talk vague and confuse people. On 4 senior ministers receiving baba Ramdev the question is why senior ministers had to go? they could have sent junior ministers. But the answer is not to the point and our media also does not ask follow-up questions. Let Pranab Mukherjee come on a stage and debate on corruption and black money. Let him defend the PM's actions on the corruption. If he cannot answer all the questions and justify then he should resign.

from:  Chandrakant Marathe
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 10:44 IST

Not only Congress, all the politicians should understand that if not for Anna or Ramdev things would not be moving at least at this pace. Its needless for Pranab Mukherjee to remind us what the Constitution says about Democracy or the Supremacy of the Parliament, he should understand that Parliament derives its authority from the people and so we have all the right to make the Parliamentarians work for us if they do not work by themselves, if he thinks the Parliamentarians cannot be compelled to work or pass bills within a time frame as required by the people the doors are wide open for him and his fellow MP's.

from:  Xavier Surender
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 10:28 IST

There were series of scams (Adarsh, Common Wealth, 2G.....) in the past few years and no action was taken on that by the central Govt. People were anticipating for action against the corruption. But it did not happen. Instead the government started covering up their ministers and officials. Was that good for our 'parliamentry democratic system'.? Still do you expect the public to shut their mouth and watch all these. Thats why this situation has come up, where everyone started comdemning the government and they wanted to suggest the action to be taken against corruption.

from:  Madhan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 10:18 IST

What's wrong about RSS supporting Anna and Ramdev who want to eliminate corruption in high places. Congress wants to use that as an excuse to defend corrupt deals and practices. Shows the real face of Manmohan Singh and Gandhi family.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 09:41 IST

His point doesn't make sense on terrorist activities and corruption. Pranab should sit with Chidambaram and RAW, IB officials to assess the mood of the nation on CORRUPTION before coming out with such statements.

from:  prasbad
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 09:16 IST

We are always concerned about pressure given by anyone and compromise with law and order. If the demand of someone is genuine then there is no matter that he is on hunger strike or not and if the demand of someone is not valid and he is a reputed person within society who is also going on hunger strike then there is no matter to approve his or her demand. We shouldn't compromise with our constitution.

from:  shubham yadav
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 09:07 IST

We are supporting a cause which is rightly raised by Mr. Anna Hazare and eveyone in this country should be accountable for every deed one commits.

from:  Karan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 09:02 IST

We have to understand the position of Mr. Hazare and the Yogi, who have good a point as to why they consider MPs and hence the Parliament have lost their moral authority. In the vacuum opened up Mr. Hazare and the Yogi have stepped in with enormous amount of goodwill from the general public, who also view MPs as a corrupt lot. Many MPs have criminal backgrounds and others have criminal and civil cases pending against them. Many MPs have won their seats by massive corruption and therefore are dead against Lokpal bill passing which is clearly against their self interest. Mr Pranab knows all this but acts as if the Indian parliament is a gathering of honest, and self sacrificing individuals. They are not. This is the reason why Mr. Hazare and the Yogi are well within their rights to dictate terms to Parliament and the MPs because these two activists are standing on the moral high ground and the MPs in the doldrums.

from:  Mukundagiri Sadagopan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 08:58 IST

The Congress party is simply negative in its approach. It does not respect Parliament, Constitution of India's judiciary.

from:  sadasivan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 08:57 IST

Mr. Mukherjee & Mr. Digvijay, just listen, of course they dictate, it's fate of Congress to listen. Don't divert the subjects.... later you may be forcefully listening or running behind them... like what you did with Baba before the fast.

from:  Sundar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 08:11 IST

Corruption and tax evasion in India have reached a tipping point. That is expressed by people like Ramdev and Baba Hazare. Notwithstanding their personal agenda, their agitation has to be seen as a warning that there is something deeply wrong with the system.

from:  C Rajagopalan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 08:06 IST

Annaji is a true Gandhian. He is doing everything for the benefit for the poor people of India. We are electing the representatives to parliament by seeing their manifesto. After geting elected they forget about it and say that there is no magic wand in their hand to do that. I think they are making the public fools by saying that Anna is the mask of RSS. Thus they are trying to reduce the people behind Annaji's agitation.

from:  Balachandra Prabhu.A
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 07:57 IST

Why blame RSS for ever.What is wrong if BJP is trying to take advantage of this situation. It is the common pratice in every democracy.It seems this Govt is preoccupied with what Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are doing and how to counter it. There is nothing called governance now.

from:  M.Janardhan Rao
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 07:51 IST

Mr. Paranab da good to hear from you on present crisis. Thank god people in government realised they need to communicate with us. Regarding RSS support to movement, what's wrong in their support?

from:  raj
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 07:47 IST


India has scores of problems that require immediate attention of state and central governments. People of civil society and other eminent personalities feel that right way of getting those problems solved is by fasting; it is good news for India and world at large. But dictating the terms to government these people should be pragmatic. We know upsurge of such a movement and mass support is the result of government's ostrich policies and laziness in implementing many such laws and taking pending actions. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee is right in one thing! “ what should be the procedure for selecting LOKPAL members? Are they those people drinking holy grail?

from:  musthafa c.k
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 07:28 IST

The issue is not that of propriety. Rather, it relates to inactivity of the government relating to burning issues before the country. Its civil society that elects the govt and how can it be seen in isolation from politics. When a mass of people asks the govt for immediate action with respect to certain issues of national interest its not coercion.The time has changed and people have become impatient regarding their rights and probity in govt acts. World is changing fast, as we are witnessing in Arab world today, and similar happenings in India are no different. Thank God that people are not demanding systemic change. They only want fool proof laws for good governance.its time for the government to feel the pulse of the nation. Describing genuine demands of the people as arm twisting is very disturbing. Every movement requires leadership and what is wrong in it if the leaders are the likes of Anna or Ramdev.

from:  Dr VK Dubey
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 07:00 IST

Pranab Mukherjee seems to believe that once the people have cast their votes once in five years they have no more role in a democracy. They cannot question the government between elections even if the government is run by a political party like the Congress which won only 29% of the votes cast in the last elections. May one ask Mr.Mukherjee who is weakening the democracy, social activists like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev or politicians like you? The Congress, one suspects, is terminally ill since hallucinations are indicative of such a state of health.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 06:47 IST

If you don't want to be dictated, do your job in right way..Do you know if a citizen gets his public service done without bribing the official? Can someone construct a home without giving single paise bribe? All he (Anna) wants is some tool which can be used by the citizen to fight and punish the person who is corrupt. The deadline he offered is not a very next day or month....It is plenty of time...maybe it's not enough for the capacity of the ministers...But in this world anything is possible...it is not automic science to sit and work hard and find a solution...this is the common problem and resolvable if you guys work from the heart, without any ego, and selfishness..

from:  Sudhakar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 06:00 IST

Mr Mukhurgee
This whole thing against corruption is happening because govt, politicians, parliament etc.. are not doing anything about it. So please stop talking about what democracy is, as it does not definitely mean sleeping on issues and not acting. Who do you think should dictate terms if not people of India? corrupt politicians ?

from:  Siva Lingala
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 04:45 IST

Lokpal bill is not something that came up this year. It's been on and off Lok Sahba for decades. Anna, as an Indian citizen, has every right to expect a deadline for this bill to pass. Pranab has so far has not given one credible reason why PM's office and Judiciary should not be included in the Jan lok pal. If they stop talking about silly things like BJP and RSS behind Anna and Ramdev, they should start thinking about how to pass a credible Lok Pal bill this year. An ideal government should only address the genuine concern of the people and should not plead excuse for incompetency by pointing fingers at this time!

from:  gopal
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 04:10 IST

For the past few months, I have felt nothing but disgust for the present government. Look at that sentence, "The Constitution grants Parliament the right to pass bills". I would have respected that sentence a year ago. Not anymore. We deserve more as citizens of India. Enough is enough. All people are asking for is a honest accounting system for their own money. And these people are doing everything they can not to give us that. What is the use of all these educated people (Jairam Ramesh, Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, Kapil Sibal etc.) when they are shielding the corrupt?

from:  Saamrat
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 03:37 IST

If you are not doing what you have been supposed to do.. somebody has to do it !! You can say Gandhiji was dictating terms to British!!

from:  sneha
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 03:27 IST

UPA govt has been dwindling the nation for the past 7 years.Its sins are unpardonable and must be accounted for. By blaming Anna/Ramdev they can't escape the punishment or distract the nation for long.

from:  aju
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 02:48 IST


Had Mahatma Gandhi been alive, he too might have been accused of the same offences, because the Mahatma held the following views:
(1) This is what Gandhi means by true democracy: There can be no favoured treatment of one section of community to the detriment of another section. There can be no unholy alliance with vested interests for the exploitation of the masses.
(The philosophy of Gandhi; Prof G Richards; London: Curzon Press, 1991; p.140)


(2) He [Gandhi] believed that true power resides in the people and not in governments or legislatures.
(Mahatma – 8 volumes; D G Tendulkar; Bombay: Jhaveri & Tendulkar; original edition, 1951-54; vol 6, p.340)


So is the Hon. Minister, given any constraints of Realpolitik that he may be under, really paying a back-handed compliment to Shri Hazare?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 02:36 IST

Your ego and your one man rule of law makes you to feel that Anna and Ramdev are dictating the Govt. Anna and Ramdev both are requesting you to share the views and the feelings of the country and countrymen.

from:  VasantRao
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 02:10 IST

Knowing fully well that the next election is not due until 2014, they are mouthing off at RSS which is going to prove very costly to them.
RSS is not an alien organization and the fact that they support Baba Ramdev is irrelevant here. If they are involved in terrorist activities like many in Congress seem to be aware of, why not prove the same in court? The fact that most UPA ministers are corrupt to the core is obvious from the prosecutions against Raja, Kalmadi to name a few. It is obvious that many other skeletons are lurking only to be revealed in due course.
Frankly, I am wondering how the public can force mid-term election since the opposition seems too weak to be able to take on the so-called might of the double-standard, fork-tongued Congress.

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 01:56 IST

Sure Anna and Baba Ramdev are trying to dictate to democratically chosen representatives about what they should do. But how is that different from NAC headed by Mrs Sonia Gandhi which is busy drafting important bills like Food Security and Communal violence bill? Who exactly chose these members of NAC democratically? Why is one such evil and other conferred so much of divinity?

from:  Ashish
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 01:55 IST

Pranabh da
1- Indian parliament has become a dysfunctional body. It does not work. Irresponsible MPs get paid even when they behave like hoodlums in the name of protest, during sessions of parliament. The tabled bills get passed without much discussion on them. Congress has to get Lokpal bill passed in its self-interest of having any chance of getting reelected to power. If it is not passed it will be defeated at the next polls. There is no doubt about it.

from:  Gidhdristi
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 01:22 IST

Pranap Mukherjee and Manmohan,both are weakest ministers India has.

from:  bikram
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 01:18 IST

Dear Pranab Mukharjee,
I think you have not gone through the Constitution of india. Please have a look into that.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 00:46 IST

Mr. Digvijaya G, why you people in power do not put these Annas And Ramdevs behind the bars... Come on use your power... myth of Bhasmasur is a myth only... you have all the power and you proved it at Ramleela maidaan... Police have no alternative but to bind to its duty... what you men in power bound with? Fear yes it is Fear that comes to mind to every one when he acts wrong...

from:  Ravindra K Singh
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 00:16 IST

I'm sorry Sir! You missed the point here precisely. No wonder here, after all that's the pity of our current Politics in this so called great Country. And for your information, it's the India that's trying to dictate terms to a not so representative Union Govt. When the very purpose of having you folks hasn't fulfilled, this is what happens!

from:  Sreekanth R
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 00:16 IST

Mr. Pranav mukharjee was the one who was asking to include prime minister under lokpal when he was in opposition and AB Vajpeyee was prime minister, and even after mr vajpeyee agreed to that congress didn't allow the bill to pass, now what a u turn.

from:  Sharad Lohani
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 00:07 IST

Well said Sir, Let the People of the Nation understand the core problem and the intention of the government. People like this Baba and Anna are thinking that they are the true representative for the people, without even understanding that the government is an elected body by the people, for the people, of the people. Let both Baba and Anna understand that people are behind because of the cause and for them.

from:  Rovinson Nadar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 00:03 IST
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