While politicians may hail the passage of the Lokpal Bill as a big step, they must not forget that it was the voice of the nation that has found resonance in Parliament; it was the tremendous support that Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption movement had from the public, Gen-Next in particular, that has made all this possible.
N. Ramamurthy, Chennai
The fact that Union Minister Kapil Sibal has admitted that the law came about “in response to a surge in opinion in society” (Dec. 18) shows that the government is either willing or desperate to push for reforms to enable its image makeover in the final lap before the 2014 election. The credit, however, goes to Anna Hazare and his team who waged a relentless yet peaceful battle to get the Bill passed. The fact that almost all parties cooperated in getting it passed shows that they fear the voter.
Janga Bahadur Sunuwar, Jalpaiguri
The electoral debut of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi has resulted in the first corrective measure adopted by the Congress party after its recent poll debacles. It is heartening to see the arch-rivals, the Congress and the BJP, uniting to pass the Bill and compliment each other. Rahul Gandhi seems to be learning things quickly.
Kiran Jose, Kottayam
The amended Bill has broadly addressed almost all concerns of Team Anna. Though one can speculate over its timing, the fact that political parties have been gracious in offering their full support to it is heartwarming. It is time the AAP ended all its “Jokepal” humour and got down to the business of governance.
C.R. Krishnamurthy, Chennai