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Updated: August 22, 2011 10:26 IST

Hazare arrest sparks angry protests

Gargi Parsai
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Anna Hazare's supporters block traffic after the social activist was detained in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: S. Subramanium
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Anna Hazare's supporters block traffic after the social activist was detained in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: S. Subramanium

In an early morning swoop, the Delhi Police picked up social activist Anna Hazare from his residence in New Delhi just as he was preparing to leave for Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat ahead of his fast at J.P. Park to press for a strong anti-corruption Lokpal Bill.

"This is the second fight for freedom and this movement will not halt now," said Mr. Hazare as he was whisked away with several supporters trying to stop the vehicle that carried him to the Delhi Police Officers’ Mess at Civil Lines. He was later sent to the Tihar jail after he reportedly refused to offer surety for his bail before a magistrate.

"We have orders from higher up," said the detaining officer when Mr. Hazare asked him what his crime was. Team Anna was denied permission to stage his indefinite fast and prohibitory orders were imposed at the venue after they refused to comply with all the riders imposed by the police.

The arrest sparked off angry, widespread protests with reports of people courting arrests from different parts of the country and opposition parties slamming the move as an attack on democratic and civil rights of citizens.

Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned over the issue.

Along with Mr. Hazare, other key members of the India Against Corruption movement including Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia were also detained from different venues. About 1,300 supporters were detained in Delhi alone.

In a terse statement made to the press, Home Secretary R.K. Singh said Mr. Hazare was detained because he said he was going to defy prohibitory orders.

With opposition parties and activists likening the government action to the emergency imposed in the country in 1975, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee came before the media to say that while everyone had the right to protest, were the police to perceive a law and order situation, it could impose conditions. Union Ministers P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Ambika Soni also addressed the media to express similar views.

Blasting the government, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat said the detentions were an attack on democratic rights of people which the government should re-consider. "We totally reject the argument that because the Lokpal Bill was in Parliament, there can be no protests on it. If it is so, then even the Women’s Reservation Bill is before Parliament and there are so many protests over it. Did the government accuse them even once as it has Anna Hazare?"

Terming it as a "sad day" for India's democracy, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley said the move shows that the United Progressive Alliance is a government in panic and has over-reacted. "Do a group of citizens who disagree with the government have the right to protest and dissent or not or have we abandoned civil rights and the right to protest in this country?"

In Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described Mr. Hazare’s detention as "murder of democracy" and said it was a "rehearsal of emergency" which the people will never tolerate.

Addressing a joint press conference, lawyer Prashant Bhushan said he was going to move the Supreme Court against the action, while Swami Agnivesh called upon the government to withdraw the "repressive measures" and hold a dialogue with the civil society group.

Activist Medha Patkar said while there were several movements as theirs under the banner of the National Alliance of People’s Movements, Mr. Hazare had come to be a representative of all anti-corruption struggles. She said, to say that the Bill was before Parliament and therefore there should be no protests on this was wrong. "After all, it was Parliament that passed the Bill on setting up Special Economic Zones."

Baba Ramdev, whose demonstration against corruption was lathi-charged by the Delhi Police in June, said this government was "dictatorial, cruel and manipulative".

It is obvious that the government has a clear game plan to thwart, at every stage, the attempts of Anna team for introduction of a strong Lokpal Bill. What is irking is that the opposition plays a different game with similar objective of the government. Politicians are obviously afraid that they would also be answerable ultimately.

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 00:05 IST

Whatever may be Anna Hazare's cause as citizen of Republic of India he has every right to protest in a democratic way against whatever he thinks to be wrong..Be it scams ,grafts,inflation or whatever.Home Ministry has wrongfully detained him breaking democratic norms and so is answerable to people of India.Nobody, more so the top executives of democratic institutions, has any lawful right to act in a manner the Home ministry has acted in this case.Home minister should apologize to the nation for his department's haughty action.

from:  Anil Kumar Choudhury
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 18:18 IST

It's interesting to read all the above comments....Everybody blames politicians! Shouldn't we blame ourselves instead and stop this blame game?? Q. We elected them in this democratic country! How did that happen?? A. Day before the elections we sell our votes to a politician, who buy 'us' out by just paying what is enough for one meal...I do condemn what's happening now, and completely agree with corruption free India but just can't see how that would be possible when 90% of 'us' try to corrupt a traffic officer for minor road offence! Where do we start?? Good Luck India.

(Above comments are just my personal views)

from:  Krishna Reddy
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 16:49 IST

Anna and his team are keen to harp on public emotion, especially the youth. This is not a good and healthy way for a person like Anna. He should respect the elected Representatives and fight within the scope of law and not create law and order problem.

from:  vijayan.A
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 23:07 IST

Revered Swami Vivekananda reminded the humans, 'Arise, Awake and Stop not till the Goal is Reached'. Let the Indian Spring erupt and flood the whole country with anti-corrupt 'Praja Prabhutva'. Wishing all the success to the movement. Vinay Shenoy

from:  Vinay Shenoy
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 15:41 IST

Couldn't help responding to Sandeep's comments made here: "Democracy is raped today" - really? Arrest of persons who are intent on breaking the law - sounds more like 'rule of law' to me. WELL, Law requires the detainee to be informed why he's being detained at the time of arrest. "We have orders" which was the reason rendered by police to arrest Hazare isn't a legal generating factor for detention. The alternative legal sections justifying his arrest were announced after the public outcry...Does this seem legal or illegal? "The dynasty rule of suppression must come to an end." - well, in case you did not know, there will be elections by 2014 if not sooner. Anna and team should form a political party or support one that will bring their version of Lok Pal bill to the parliament. Or is that just too much work?
By that time, millions more rupees will have been lost

yes sir, you are the only one disliking Annaji's methods
Democratically, you are shunted out

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 15:29 IST

I Think by acting undemocratically and against the constitution, and the massive outpour of protesters against the UPA Government led by Mr. Singh, the Government has lost its legitimacy. PM Singh must resign and call for fresh elections....

from:  netra maithun
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 15:27 IST

The fight for corruption is the right cause and as a citizen , I will also fight. But not in the demanding way which might be good until we pass the bill but later this will lead many groups to protest in the same way to different situation.. which will leading the India in wrong direction.... My personal view.

from:  karthikeyan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 14:36 IST

Shame on Congress and its sycophants. MMS , PC , Pranab and Kabil Sibal & their associates do not have any moral right to occupy the seats they are in now. They must resign and go if they believe they are educated, having some dignity and self respect. National interest is above all - every one shall realize this.

from:  L. Sakthivel
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 11:46 IST

Why there is no support voice from south icons ???????? I am really shamed.

from:  sathish kumar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 11:31 IST

Fortunately, this comes in the mid of the term of the UPA-2.

from:  Kunal
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:53 IST

Now see how many honest officers are there as our administrators. And see the new rules came out as justification....they are well grown. We made them grow

from:  esther
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:50 IST

Arrest of Anna Hazare and the ban on the hunger strike in Delhi is an act of cowardice. Democratic rights of citizens to protest peacefully is challenged on weak grounds. This is the beginning not the end. Lok Pal Bill presented in parliament is weak, inadequate and porous.
Congress has attacked the democratic right to conduct peaceful protest with the ban on the hunger strike and the arrest of Anna Hazare and his supporters in Delhi Both congress and corrupt BJP need punishment to delay any debate in Parliament since past 42 years. Popular civil movement has to be built up to ensure that an effective legislation is adopted by parliament and starvation in rural India as we see gets stopped.

from:  Rakesh Manchanda
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:17 IST

Let us go full swing!! No turning back...This is the opportunity to dethrown someone who is just hell bent upon making money. There is no humanity; forgot about anything else...

It is the most corrupt govt at this point. Let us end this ..This is centuries only struggle. We are very sure we will come out of this flying colors..

from:  K.Elangovan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:08 IST

Abhishek Singvi stated yesterday that the views of Civil Society had been taken into account and that further enactment of the Bill would be the prerogative of the Parliament. True, the Civil Society headed by Anna also cannot claim that only their views are correct. After all, Government cannot leave Anna and Co. to draft the bill and accept whatever they say. Technically Very True. BUT there is an underlying mood of the country that both the Government and the party in power fail to appreciate. The Government have done little to expose corruption, eliminate it and not shown any seriousness in dealing with black money stashed outside the country. It is in this context that, even if Anna's demands were to be technically not reasonable, his crusade against corruption is hailed by the nation as a whole, however hard the ruling party has tried to vilify Anna.

from:  K. Raghupathy
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:49 IST

I salute you from my heart.we allare with u...........

from:  anurag
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:47 IST

Say NO to Corruption..
Say NO to UPA..

from:  S Mishra
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:22 IST

This only proves why the nation is so agitated. It's so easy to hush a person in this country!
Ref: "Woman RTI activist shot dead in Bhopal" published August 16,

from:  Kanchan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 08:52 IST

First of all this Anna has to understand, the problem is there in our mindsets. In our Indian system every body is responsible for this cancer. Not only political leaders or some parties or some govt. officials. He is trying to present the same old nature or habits instructed from schooling system, family system and working culture as a bad thing today. What all these ideal heroes were doing when political leaders spending money to get votes. Policeman giving big fat packet to get job. Doctors demanding lacks in a life and death situations and parents are bribing kids in young age to hide their bad deeds. first of all the people who are shouting on road and trying to tie the bell on somebody's neck has to change thyself and start living without corruption and avoid the things which demand.

from:  Bosu
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:49 IST

All politicians are together..nothing to expect from them..

from:  Anil Aickara
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:04 IST

This Govt doesn't know the rights of the people, how it could, the prime minister of this country and many important union ministers are not elected by people, came thru back door only (Rajya Sabha).

from:  IYAS
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 06:05 IST

Clearly shows the incapability of the government to address a legitimate issue in a professional way. By committing this blunder, congress sows the seeds of revolution and digging their grave. Its every Indian's duty to voice against this atrocity.
Appreciate Hindu for extensive coverage of this issue.

from:  Karthikeyan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 05:32 IST

Anna Hazare has become a world ickon now and Govt undermines people strength & massive support for Anna acreoss the nation. This agitation shows that people lost faith in the govt as corruption overshodows all reforms framed by the govt. Salute to Anna and I am sure except Congress party cadres all peoples of India are with Anna.

from:  krishna prasad
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 04:18 IST

Couldn't help responding to some of the comments made here:

"The dynasty rule of suppression must come to an end." - well, in case you did not know, there will be elections by 2014 if not sooner. Anna and team should form a political party or support one that will bring their version of Lok Pal bill to the parliament. Or is that just too much work? <

"Democracy is raped today." - really? Arrest of persons who are intent on breaking the law - sounds more like "rule of law" to me.

All the comments made previously are only in support of Anna and team. Am I the only one who doesn't like the means that Anna and team are using to try to achieve their questionable ends?

from:  Sandeep Seri
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 03:23 IST

The whole issue of 'India Against Corruption' has become Government against Anna. The coercive action of government mockery of the very principle of 'aam aadmi ke sath'. Well, Jan Lokpal may not uproot corruption overnight but if it can make a difference of even 10-20%, I would go for it. Lets take a baby step in the direction of a less
corrupt society.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 23:49 IST

"Rule of law" is enshrined in our constitution. But it seems the tyrant government brimming with arrogance of power has thrown all the logic and reason behind! Arresting social activists ahead of peaceful protest for a great social cause is lowest the ruling authority can fall to! More than Indians fighting against corruption, it seems government is fighting against people who are fighting against corruption! This is going to be the watershed moment of Indian history. Every Indian on street ,around the globe , shouting their lungs out would make a big impact!

from:  vibhash jha
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 23:31 IST

Indian democracy is raped once again by congress guns and corrupt politicians and bureaucrates. The government must restore the democracy in the country or else go. Mahmohan Singh and his government has lost all the rights to lead the nation.

from:  Dr. Hindustani
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 23:19 IST

Peaceful protesters will be manhandled. But, corrupt people will be exempted from frisking at airports.

from:  amit
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 23:14 IST

To remove corruption is not a child's play, right! but why is the government not ready for it. It means something is black in it.

The action of the government is 100% unfair and that's all.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 23:12 IST

I don't approve of these protests from Anna and his so called supporters. He is not respecting the Democracy or Constitution, on which fundamentals our country is formed. If he really expects to make a change, get him elected through the democratic process and then pass the bill in parliament. His protest is only helping the opportunistic corrupted opposition parties, which are trying to make hay while sun shines.

from:  meeran
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 23:05 IST

This action of the government just shows how they are going to provide a corruption free country when a senior citizen uses his fundamental rights and no doubt this will be the same method to those all who will complain against the corruption even after passing the government`s lokpal only revels that UPA is a government who supports corruption. on one hand it commits to make a develop country by eliminates naxalism and grass root problems and on the other hand it supports a 'corrupt lokpal bill' which only can lead to corruption which is the mother of all the problems in India....How contradict our government is..... HATS OFF TO YOU

from:  prateek rathi
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 23:01 IST

This ham-handed approach by this govt in dealing with Anna Hazare makes me think that the incompetence of the govt is way worse than anyone realize. To have one of the biggest economies and one of the largest countries with over 1 billion people run by these people should be a major concern for all of us. How can we let this happen? This govt had any sense, it would have written a strong bill together with the activists, especially that the entire country is behind this crusade against corruption. We need a strong lokpal with teeth, period.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:46 IST

The colonial rulers were afraid of the peaceful protests by Gandhi and he used it as a fire arm against the rule. But the latest government no longer believes in Gandhian policies. He has been reduced to a mere photo on the wall or on the currency note and the spirit of gandhism has been lost.

from:  raghuveer
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:35 IST

Today Congress party stooped the lowest. Taking away the citizen's right to protest is worst than corruption.

from:  Barry DCunha
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:26 IST

Our honest and honourable prime minister, in his independence day speech, said that poor man's money are looted by government officials, rather,he feared in uttering to include politicians. Such personalities are leading our Country. It is a shame.

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:20 IST

There is no action against the corrupt.But severe action against those who protest.The congress is clearly on the side of the corrupt.Throw away this dispensation to the arabian sea so as to protect our country.

from:  ramesan narikkuni
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:20 IST

I request Manmohan Singh also to resign and join the fight with Anna Hazare.

from:  Shyamsunder
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:19 IST

Shame on the government. Anna we are with you!!!

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:17 IST

This is cold blooded murder of democracy and democratic values. Bushan's should go to the Supreme Court and have none other than the Prime Minister come to the court and apologize the people. We, the people of India, should not rest in peace till the PM apologized to the court and the citizens for murdering the democracy!!

from:  Siva Ramaswami
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:12 IST

For you, Anna Hazare, and all our brave anti-corruption crusaders out there.....the poem that helped Nelson Mandela for 27 years in a small the hope that it will in aid you to bring the light in this fight for our souls, in these darkest of


Out of the night that covers me
Black as the Pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall fine me, unafraid

It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.....

from:  Dileep
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:08 IST

I am a big supporter of Anna. This is a big embrassment to the whole country, arrest without warrant and based on higher ups order is shameful. The arrest and release shows that Govt. has no spine and it's afraid of common man.
I am happy that Anna and his team has instilled the fear in corrupt Govt. and officials through out the country.
All Indians should support the cause.
Great day for democrtic India.

from:  Go Anna Go
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 22:01 IST

You have today tried to crush the light of our democracy.There will be no redemption for those who seek to crush their fellow Indians and bind them in unjust chains - who yearn to loot the nation relentlessly and silence the voices of those who seek a fair and just future in their own lands.

The people will answer you all. In time.

from:  Dileep
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:59 IST

Whomever authority issued the order to arrest to prevent people exercising their democratic right to peacful protest against the government should investigated, case brought aginst them, fined and fired.

This is classic example of abuse of powere and should be nipped in the bud now.

from:  Menon
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:56 IST

What a sad day for India......sane people are told to shut up by individuals with no credibility and morals

from:  sushant
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:33 IST

This refers news items stating that laws can not be made sitting on public places. True. If that be the case there may be as many as 1.23 billion proposals. However in the present Lokpal bill, centre had negotiated with a panel on this subject and there are only two different openions. If this is the case, let both proposals be put to consideration by parliament and a decision taken by it which will be more appropriate. Without this, thrusting someone`s idea to the other side as if supreme is not correct.

from:  R.Ganesan.
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:23 IST

By arresting Anna Hajare on preventive grounds, much before his fast could commence , the Govt. in Delhi had overeacted to the evolving situation . One cannot muzzle protests on these authoritarian lines. Now, the Govt. is in piquant situation. The Govt. says that ' Lokpal Bill is under consideration of Lok Sabha.One cannot say that the form of protest undertaken by Civil Society activists would not be an educative form to the Members of Parliament and in fact, the members could highlight the issue in a much better manner, taking the pulse of people. It is also amusing to note that Mr. Anna Hazare was asked in advance to notify the place, where he is to do protest and then, after ascertaining the place, date and time of fast, the police issued 144 section of Police act and based on that proceeded to arrest him and his supporters. Is it a functioning govt. or else an anarchy, one wonders!

from:  Kothandaraman
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:23 IST

when the time of Britishers this type of practice was so much happening because we were slave of them, they WERE not our people & they had came here only to loot INDIA........... but what is happening today? Our own people are indulging in such practices. What is the difference?

from:  ashish kumar
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:22 IST

Congress-the most antisocial,the most uneconomical and the most corrupt government ever

from:  Amrish pandey
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:18 IST

The arrest of Anna Hazare is shame for Indian democracy,especially the ruling party which claims to have been the followers of Mahatma Gandhi. It is highly painful that the people fighting against corruption being taken to the jail with corrupted people.

from:  santhosh Narayanan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:18 IST

I am disappointed to note the fact that law of the land which was allowed to take its course today by the central govt which owes it under the constitution of India is not being welcomed for the sake of mobocracy. I congratulate the Delhi Police. The most unfortunate is the fact that whole of the opposition have unified in condemning the govt.despite knowing and criticizing the Anna for its adamant and unconstitutional stand simply for the reason that they are not in the power hence they do not want to miss an opportunity to settle political score with the congress. This behavior of opposition is absolutely unethical. This is not a victory of democracy this is the defeat of the constitution of India if I may say so. Anna is fighting for a right cause through wrong way he should at least give a chance to the parliament of the country to display their sense to fight the corruption through the legitimate means. Corruption can not be fought by frenzy mood. This is a sad day for the country

from:  vk gupta
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:13 IST

Saddest day in the post Independence India. It is the second biggest assault on Indian democracy since Emergency. Arise o India for thy time has come......

from:  Anand
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:11 IST

I wish all Indians should come forward and support anna.

from:  namrata
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 21:03 IST

Did we forget that the form of government that we have today was earned as a result of lot of struggles and pains by our freedom fighters...And do we need to be guided by a group of 10 people who are themselves called as civil society group, rather than by a democratically elected government.

from:  Danish
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:58 IST

This Is Second war Against Corruption Its Shame to our Democracy And Government

from:  Manjunath
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:41 IST

Arresting Anna is a failure of India´s Government. Anna is a true Gandhian and the current Government of India will be punished and ousted from office when the next general elections will take place in India.
The arrest of Anna Hazare will not lead to chaos immediately in India but the consequencies of his arrest will damage and harm the reputation of the current government and million of Indians will ask themselves why is the government against a bill that helps to eradicate corruption?
A democracy can only prosper and work without corruption. Corruption kills democratic structures and I hope The Hindu will give broad coverage of the events that will take place the coming days and weeks.
More and more Indians will join Anna´s movement and at the end the Government of India will give in to Anna´s demands.
I am sure the bill will be passed in parliament and implemented.
That is the only way and only then India can and will play an important role in the world of democracies.

from:  Kurt Waschnig Oldenburg Germany
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:41 IST

When corrupt people wield a lot of power and suppress the righteous,
protests are a natural consequence
It remains to be seen how skilfully and how correctly the Govt tries to
end this crisis

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:38 IST

I have voted for congress before. Never again will I vote for congress!!! I am unable to accept that this is happening in India to my fellow Indian citizens. The government cannot take away the peaceful tools (right to protest/stage hunger strike/walk of solidarity etc) of citizens to protest against what we don't believe in. If the peaceful rights are taken away, then what is left for the citizens. Only lawless options are left for the citizens. This is the third worst day for Indian democracy. The first one happened in 1975. This second one when they beat and arrested Baba Ramdev and the peaceful protesters. This is the third incident. This government and the shawdow power brokers have lost their rights to rule. They should resign or impeached now!!! Mother India, my heart bleeds for you. Jai Hind!!!

from:  Srini
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:35 IST

My dear fellow citizens,

We got a wonderful oppurtunity to address the corruption cancer, these won't come very often. Let us all participate by sending our sending kids with the black badges to schools, sending our brothers and sisters to participate in any possible capacity, let us participate build new India.

from:  srini Aluri
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:25 IST

The real question now is CAN THE OPPOSITION PARTIES UNITE at least on this one issue of anti-corruption FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION?
Or, has India only all the paraphernalia of democracy, but not a functioning democracy?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:22 IST

Our Prime Minister has no "MAGIC WANDS" to jail the plunderers of India. His "MAGIC WAND"" is used to jail peaceful leaders like Anna Hazare who ask the corrupt to be put in Tihar Jail.

Who are these parliamentarians protecting "The looters or the people demanding that the pluderers be brought to book".

Democracy at work!!

from:  Manoj George
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:20 IST

It's the game of power. The corrupt people who are in Government has the power, so they are playing their games. They will do whatever they can.
Oil subsidy corruption led to death of additional Collector of Nashik district Yashwant Sonawane, Area Sales Manager of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Manjunath.

They are killing activists who raise their voice against corruption.

from:  Sk
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:16 IST

I am glad I am not living in India now. I live in a place where all basic rights are guaranteed in the constitution. A place called Canada.

Congress has certainly lost all the credibility to run the government.

It is toothless in handling corruption, Terrorism and almost every issue that confronts India. The interests of Congress simply seem to sit against the interests of India.

All the hard work done by previous government, in forging and developing special relationships with west and America, has been dithered by congress.

All the gains made against terrorism have been lost too.

May be it is time for a change, that is to come in the form of Anna Hazare.

Everybody involved should remember, great change will not come, without great sacrifice and hard work.

from:  BOYMAN
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:16 IST

UPA has all chalked out. With Anna's arrest there is a high probability of some level of violence. If general public does not do, UPA does have manpower to conduct that. Once they can prove that this movement is turning on violent, there is a perfect case of pushing Emergency in the country.
Wonder how smart our leaders are and what all money can make them do.

from:  Nitin
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:13 IST

Manmohan Singh Government has brought a big shadow on the democracy by arresting Anna Hazare. Corrupted and who were responsible for loss of millions of rupees to the exchequer are jailed in Tihar. A crusador, who is fighting for a common cause is also lodged in Tihar. What a shame! Where is democracy? Where is governance? When everyone in the Congress government is trying to kill the citizen's basic right to protest, are they not committing the crime? Is it not tantamount to unproclaimed emergency?

Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:13 IST

It's a collective shame for all the people in every nook and corner of India. A dictatorial government is doing everything in its might and also have the cudgels to defend itself.And they are having a laugh at it too, that how easily they have distracted everyone by its comments in its defence (they are saying that they are also concerned about corruption and that's why they have presented their bill, how ridiculous!! their bill has no tooth,the bill is just a distraction to show that they are also doing sth,a total hogwash), The govt bill just gives a safe haven to the corrupt,shame u govt...
Let everyone be behind Annaji, and make our voices heard..
this time the government can't escape...
a strong, effective Lokpal bill has to come :)

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:08 IST

The greatest repeated act of Congress after emergency will be remembered by youth of today is Annaji arrest. Why youth congress leader Mr Rahul gandhi is quiet on this issue, so called potential PM of Future. Where is he when in the Congress govt police firing kills innocent villagers in Pune, though he ran for opossition parties in Uttar Pradesh. The govt should resign, having lot of blots in his face, 2G,3G,COMMON wealth games,consistent inflation even after changing the base level, 15 years highest interest rates, petrol price 65, sugar price, Baba Ramdev beating for raising the issue of Black money & now last (Before this govt will go) but not least second situation coming like emergency.
Wake up India Enough is Enough.

from:  ritesh
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:05 IST

16th August,2011

Within 64 years of our Independece from Britain,Congress Government has with the unconscionable, irrational arrest and detention of Shri Anna Hazare,turned our nation of over a billion people, into an Italian Mussolini's fascist type dictatorship, in direct and disgraceful violation of the constitutional right of freedoms of assembly, speech and freedom of protest. Messrs Pranab Mukherjee and Chidambaram are talking through their hats, in saying that the arrest and detention of Shri Hazare do not mean that the freedom of protest is violated.This is an arrogant insult to the intelligence of over a billion citizens of India.

from:  Bishop Mar George Theckedath
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 20:04 IST

The whole movement appears to be a corporate hype and there is no substance to it. See the people appearing on TV supporting the movement, The film stars, and other sops who themselves are corrupt to the bottom by evading income tax and things like that. Does Anna speak for the common man - definitely No. He does not speak for the masses who actually suffer such as the tribal people in Orissa and Jharkhand who are now hunted under the label of the Maoists or for the muslims who are victimized and hunted in the name of terrorism. All those middle class corporate guys, who take part in the celebration (remember this is not a freedom struggle but an anti struggle)can they claim they are not corrupt - 100% they are all, corrupt, if not by taking bribes, but always by paying to achieve something.

from:  Babu
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 19:59 IST

The arrest of anna hazare can only lead to chaos in the country.These scenes of people out on the streets and fighting for corruption reminds me of the times of Britishers.The government has to pull up the socks and come up with a positive decision towards maintaining the democracy of India.

from:  jasween
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 19:10 IST

Embarrassing; a Gandhian was arrested by a political party. The worst thing is that Anna was sent to Tihar jail where people charged in common wealth and telecom scam are housed. Being a democratic country, everybody has the option to protest in nonviolent way.Unfortunately,Indian National Congress has forgotten about from where they came.

from:  Roshan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 19:07 IST

The arrest of Team Anna is nothing but stiffling of legitimate voice of democracy by the Government.

from:  K M Kushawaha
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 19:02 IST

The government that is at centre and also state of New Delhi is passing the buck on Police administration and dealing the law and order as if they are independent entity where the govt whip do not prevail. In that case how is the Govt functioning. It is indeed ridiculous that the top leaders of union cabinet shirk responsibility simply stating that they have nothing to deal in the administrative matter of law and order while they at the helm of affairs are sparking fires and provoking people to revolt. No wounder soon India will be one to come open to street like Libya, Egypt and so on. It is utter irresponsibility on the part of the Govt.

from:  Harisarvotham
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 18:56 IST

Democracy is sleeping? Really shame on us

from:  mani
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 18:45 IST

The dynasty rule of suppression must come to an end.This is the time the partners of Congress must dissociate especially M/s Banerjee of Trinamal Congress if she is true to her heart, if she has to prove she is working for the people.Where is she?

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 18:27 IST

The action of the Central government is as expected. 36 years after the first Emergency we are seeing the second Emergency.This time it is not official but being implemented illegally.The corrupt Congress government does not like to be told the truth.Sec 144 has even been applied to Raj Ghat and the police are accusing Kiran Bedi (a retired IG of Police) of not knowing the Law.The Home Minister needs to do a lot of homework and not just follow the footsteps of Mr.Sibal who thinks he is God walking on the earth. This government of sycophants is just not making a fool of itself but also of this country. Their attempt to crush protests has backfired. Many learned individuals,judges, lawyers ,social activists are supporting this movement against corruption.The MMS government is totally isolated on this issue.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 18:25 IST

It is a sad day that the people fighting against corruption being lodged
in the jail with Raja, Kalmadi and co...

from:  KVR
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 18:23 IST

The PM speaking from the ramparts of the Red Fort yesterday addressed the issue of corruption plaguing all spheres of governance and has promised a strong Lokpal to end corruption, he also said that people should rise above personal and political interests so that a consensus could be arrived on issues of national importance. According to him it is the Parliament that should decide on what type of Lokpal legislation needed to be enacted and civil society can put forward their views to parliament, political parties and press and not resort to strikes as they would never achieve anything. Anna Hazare and his team are fighting for the very same 'strong' Lokpal bill to fight corruption at very high places. Team Anna was forced to undertake this protest because of the government's apathy towards combating corruption and also due to the dysfunctional nature of the Parliament.A consensus and a working relationship must be formed to tackle graft effectively for national interests.

from:  vyjayanthi
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 18:23 IST

When Hazare and his team blatantly refused to cooperate with the police and said they were determined to defy prohibitory orders, the police had no option left but to arrest him. India is not Hazare's fiefdom that he can brazenly defy and break laws.

from:  shan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 18:08 IST

Since these so called elected congress leaders have shown their actual faces, it is high time to reject them and the biggest tool with the society is their vote. So it is time , not to let this movement die and we must make sure that each and every person exercise their right to vote and teach them an exemplary lesson.

from:  Bath Dupinder
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:57 IST

It is very very unfortunate.

from:  Venkataramani
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:57 IST

I cannot understand if consitution give us right for protest why our govt tried to ruin it.. I think it is death of democratic system.

from:  harish negi
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:56 IST

Anna Hazare detiontion by Delhi police is intolerable and unacceptable.AS a son of this democratic nation everyone has the right to express his grievances. Our Constitution acknowledge the democratic way of expressing our grivences. And Anna Hazare too has adopted the democratic means to expressed its grievences. So his arrest is unfortunate and blunder on the part of democratic governtment. His arrest reminds us of our neighbouring countries which are ruled by military dictatorship and suppressed every voice which raise against its regime.His arrest raises lots of questions in our mind like; is our country truely democratic? is our country heading towards dictatorship? Do common people have right to raise its voice when the system of governance goes wrong? Or is Anna Hazare leading a militant movement against the Govt?
Definitely the answers are 'NO'. If 'no' is the answer then why the suppressing the democratic movement.?

Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:54 IST

Haven't we had enough already? We need another Bhagat Singh to wake up this corrupt set of politicians and draw their attention towards the ongoing protests. The question is what measures should we resort to next?

from:  Sunny
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:32 IST

This shows the absence of 'madam' can be problematic for congress. Hope some saner voices in INC can take charge of the situation and try to control this mess.

from:  Vinay
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:32 IST

If parliament does not have man like Anna , bill sticks for 43 years under table and one movement from outside like ANNA bring same bill from within parliament to standing committee. still its not passed by Parliament.

from:  Jaswinder Singh Gill
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:24 IST

The Lokpal Bill prepared by a few politicians ignoring the proposal of the members of civil society has no tooth. Unfortunately all MPs of UPA Government are supporting as rubber stamps.It is shame for Indian democracy.

from:  Dr.A.N.Mohanty
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:24 IST

I salute you from my heart. Govt.has not been fair with you. We want corruption to be removed. We all are Anna Hazare,. Let's see how will govt. arrest so many Anna Hazares.

from:  bipasha a ghanti
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:17 IST

Shame...shame..... Democracy is raped today. Does congress testing the tolerance of common man?

from:  r.k.karna
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:14 IST

What a shame on Democracy! If the Govt does not have enough thinking power on how to tackle important aspects of democracy retrospectively dealing with corruption which is life blood of our culture, they should not be in power. This will raises questions on integrity of the Prime minister himself. We all know how the British went down to the power of people, this will finally end up in the same way. People will raise and international support will be there.

from:  gopinathan bimalsony
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 17:02 IST

Mr. Manmohan Singh - 'Silence is Golden' has been absolutely misunderstood by you. This is not the time for silence. When the whole country is bleeding with corruption, and agitation & protests on anti-corruption are all over the country, don't behave like 'Nero fiddling when Rome was burning'. Pl come out of your DEEP SLUMBER, atleast now do something for the nation, which has rewarded you the most coveted seat. Pl protect the image of PM chair. You definitely owe your country loyalty.

from:  jay
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:56 IST

It is very easy to be emotional about the state of corruption and the contents of Lokpal Bill proposed by the Cabinet to the Parliament. The Indian Parliament for the first time will be considering impeachment proceedings against a Supreme Court judge that indicates that there is a proactive process under this administration. Why I prefer to keep the position of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and some of the most senior officials out of the Lokpal domain? It is simple. These people are managing issues of state security, ranging from economy, foreign policy and defence matters. It would be very easy to have corrupt people on the Lokpal body to target any one of the senior officials to destabilise certain decision making process. It would be very easy to make allegations and then after few months prove them untrue. But the PM and other Ministers would have to leave the job because of the allegations. The Political ramification would be huge as we are seeing now days when the opposition demands resignations and easily bring the parliament to a state of disruption. India is becoming a strong economic challenge to many developed nations. Our technological base is expending at a much faster rates. Why do we think that terrorist focus on attacking areas of importance? It is to create chaos and spread fear enough to attack their government. We need to recognise that India is at risk of being a target because of the success. If they can influence the divide and rule they will not miss it. That is why I disagree with the demands of the Civil Society to include PM's post with in the Lokpal. As for agitation and hunger strike as well as openly inviting the government to make provocative action to get arrested, all are known antics. They all want to mimic Gandhiji and welcome to try.

from:  Buddhdev Pandya
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:50 IST

The Government has made a very foolish move, hatred for the corrupt politicians and judges and civil servants have already surfaced and this cannot be put down,the Government should seize the opportunity and proceed with the Lokpal Bill proposed by Team Anna or come out with a better bill not the one tabled in Parliament. Time wasted on this is going to cost our country very very dearly, what we are witnessing to-day is a kind of revolution in the making, as long as the initiative is with Team Anna its easy for the Government to deal with, but, because of the foolishness of the Government if the initiative passes on to a radical group or persons our politicians are going catch hell.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:21 IST

The illusion of democracy is finally lifted...its not the question of which one is better- democracy, communism, fascism, colonialism, monarchism or whatever...its the same old powerful 'elite' people who will dominate over the whole society whatever be the mode of the system...sometimes one wonders is it worthwhile to protest at all...

from:  utpal
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:12 IST

We say that India is a democratic country but today its a disastrous day for the word 'democracy'.We all love you Sir Anna Hazare.

from:  Surendra Nath
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:12 IST

Arresting Anna Hazare is a very wrong thing done by the government. Everyone has the freedom to protest against the wrong in a democratic country. Now the govt is being dictatorial.

from:  Jeshtha Shirolkar
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:11 IST

It is really unfortunate that a Gandhian by thought and action an old man trying to show entire nation a way to uproot corruption is treated in such a shabby way and in such a undemocratic way . He is doing what our beloved elected leaders should be doing.

from:  sandeep
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:08 IST

Imagine Gandhiji being arrested in a free India, isn't that ironic?

from:  Haresh
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:07 IST

we need to raise our voice against this step of government Anna Hazare is trying to do the task of youngsters so youth of India are supposed to come ahead. This is the high time do something against corruption Anna go ahead India is with you.

from:  sohan choudhary
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:06 IST

This is indeed a sad and shameful day for Indian democracy. The government's action today have put to shame the efforts of thousands of men and women who, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, tirelessly fought for the independence of our nation from the British colonial rulers. Now the burden is on each and every Indian to restore the image of our nation as a liberal, democratic, and progressive nation, which has been tarnished. We, as a nation, should make this government answerable for their immature and ill-timed behavior.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 16:05 IST

By this act Government of India is going to lose its public ground on which it had got into power, as more and more public as well as media attention is going to get into this matter. At the same time when our beloved Prime minister said that corruption in various fields of governance had slowed down growth, then why he is not taking a initiative to include himself as being, Prime minister of India in the Lokpal ambit.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 15:48 IST

It is an open secret that all the political parties have connections with corruption. In elections people have to elect the 'bad' rather than 'worse'. So none of them want a strong lokpal bill. I strongly support Anna Hazare and condemn the act of his detention by police. This is the time we all Indians rise together and tell the politicians that it is 'Praja-tantra'.

from:  Chintan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 15:39 IST

Gandhi's fasts gave us independence and the government of Independent India, denies the very right to fast, today! Paradoxical is the least one could say. Gandhi's fasts ushered the golden era of congress; Hope Anna's fast would end it. Independence Day Speeches won't make a government clean, action will. Suppressing sane voices won't polish your image, stringent steps will. Arresting Anna won't make us transparent, hearing to him will. The entire nation is behind you, Anna. Truth will triumph! The corrupt will fall!!

from:  Amith
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 15:38 IST

It would bo too naive to consider that whatever that Delhi police doing is at their own discretion. Anna has put the Govt. in quandary. One thing is sure that whatever the Govt. doing to refrain Anna will ultimately serve the purpose of stoking the anger. Good luck Anna!!

from:  Nitesh Gughane
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 15:16 IST

Anna's arrest is unfortunate. It shows rudeness of govermnent against the people who want to establish a full-fledged law against cooruption. Though they are elected doesn't mean that they have right to do shameless. The spokespersons of the government are horrible and arrogant.

from:  Dr. satish Chaudhari
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 15:12 IST

It's true Government is caught in wrong foot every time. Certainly, the leadership has fallen short. Ministers lack courage to face people. The new method to dilly-dally is completely bureaucratic. Isn't true Anna brought the corruption to center stage? Instead PM says he has no magic wand to wipe out corruption. It shows utter insensitivity or he is helpless.

from:  Tutu
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 15:10 IST

All the political parties are only trying to adjourn the proceedings of the lok sabha and rajya sabha, but none of these political leaders are joining hands with Anna for making India a corrupt free country. This shows their hidden agenda. Why Mr. Advani or Mr. Modi or Mr. Laloo are keeping silent without joining Anna? why they are afraid?

from:  Venkatesh
Posted on: Aug 16, 2011 at 15:09 IST
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