It's a good thing Shri Anna Hazare called off his fast after two days, especially in view of his health condition - he had 102 degrees fever. But he gave up his fast when the Lok Sabha had debated the Lokpal Bill, and it seemed almost a formality that it would be
ratified by the Upper House and be there on the Law Book.
But people and time conspired to make sure the Lokpal Bill was not passed on the last
day of the Winter session of the Indian Parliament.
No matter, no harm has been done. In next three months, during the Budget session of
parliament, the Lokpal Bill will again show the strong feelings and high drama of Indian
Whilst watching the debate I was really surprised to note that the dramatis personae in the Lok Sabha are the same as the ones in the Rajya Sabha. That's akin to having the
same cast and crew in Congress and Senate!
Instead of just keeping the pot boiling (Mr Abishek Singhvi's words), it is time for India
to start thinking of empowering democracy. In so doing, they will create millions of jobs and tasks, build up the towns and villages,create schools and nurseries, put up the power grid further, erect a few nuclear power plants, more industries, better protection from the environment, and create more facilities for the people.
Would the founding fathers have not so wished?
Enshrining in Law the Lokpal Bill is just blowing the cobwebs, an essential act.
As over a century ago, Chicago was a few huts and a fishing village, and today it has
many skyscrapers, so it appears to a lot of people is some of India, a blessed, golden
country that is ready to develop further. The guardians of our heritage must ensure
that it develops in the right way, in the best possible way.