Whatever the actual conduct, at the core of a political party is its nationalist ideology, which is accepted or rejected by the people during elections, depending the manner in which translates into governance. A political party which does not divulge its foreign policy and security agenda is anti-national. Any political party which relies on country’s instability for growth is anarchist and anti-national. Activism can be national and anti-national, creative and destructive. Negative and anti-national activism destroys concepts of hard work, production and progress. It creates cynicism amongst the populace and negates demographic dividends. This is what the inimical forces are doing to India through their proxies which include terrorist outfits, NGOs and political parties. If the agenda of AAP was purely nationalistic it would have never split from Anna.
During UPA-1, several meetings were held in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to devise a Public Service Media insulated from the government and the market by a high powered Board of Trustees.
The trivialization of the debate on the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal bill involving Kiran Bedi in which even the former Chief Justice of India got involved should sadden every Indian whose expectation of strong anti corruption law is receding with each passing day.
There will be no change until there is a sagacious leader who has the moral temerity to appeal and challenge the conscience of the people at large.
Barely two days before a dismal test series ended, Anna was reinstated at Ramlila ground. The 24X7 media had never had it so good.
The following changes are suggested in the Jan Lokpal Bill version 2.3. The reasons for the changes have also been stated. A copy is being marked to the Parliamentary Standing Committee and to members of Team Anna too.
Given the media’s preferences, Anna Hazare will, in the foreseeable future, obscure other stories which may be equally important.
It is the greatest tragedy of the nation that the key decision makers, the Prime Minister, Kapil Sibal, P Chidambaram, Pranab Mukerjee whose lofty lectures on Parliamentary democracy being the only way to enact a law, are the ones with little stake in electoral politics.
There is no one to own responsibility. The concept of collective responsibility which is the bedrock of parliamentary democracy has been killed in India.