Sen said while rejecting the notion of using indefinite fast as a tool to eradicate corruption.
"The system needs changing but that's not a question of changing a minister or doing dharna or having someone tied up at a tree. It's a question of changing a system and looking at the incentives the system gives on corruption."The system needs changing but that's not a question of changing a minister or doing dharna or having someone tied up at a tree. It's a question of changing a system and looking at the incentives the system gives on corruption," he said.
Describing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a fine economist, Sen, however, said there is question whether he is a great political figure or not."You have to mobilise the political system because you know democracy is meant to be governed by discussion instead of that what we've ended up in India is government by pressure groups and the pressure groups are very sour," he said in a TV interview.Read more: http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/team-anna-s-reading-of-causes-cure-for-corruption-wrong-amartya-sen_790992.html
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Again a broad hint of forming a political party by wanting “new” and “apt” people in 2014 rejecting both the Congress and BJP.They don’t realize people will practically slipper them if they do by misleading the masses they were fighting for corruption.Prashant Bhushan uses language like “The government wanted people like Hazare to die so that they can continue to "loot the country". Each time they use such language, the Anna Team undermine themselves as the image they portray is they are irresponsible.
Team Anna wants 'new and apt' people in power in 2014 pollsCourtesy: Business Standard
Team Anna today appeared set to oppose UPA in the next Lok Sabha elections saying its mission is to ensure that "new and apt people" come to power in the 2014 polls.It also attacked the BJP alleging that it supported the Team earlier with a political motive.The posturing came on a day when Anna Hazare regretted the attack on media by his supporters last night and warned that he will call off his fast if they again indulge in violence.Even as the 74-year-old activist's fast entered the third day and the health condition of two of his aides worsened after fasting for seven days, there were no signs of government initiating a dialogue with Team Anna to end the crisis.Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan alleged that the government wanted people like Hazare to die so that they can continue to "loot the country".Government, on its part, said the Prime Minister's Office has written two letters to Hazare under the advise of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The day also saw doctors advising Arvind Kejriwal and Gopal Rai, who is fasting for the past seven days, to get hospitalised as their health condition worsened, a request rejected by both as they were"What is stated in the letter is the government's position to the best of my knowledge," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters.
"not cowards who will give up because of health concerns"."I am warning the government not to try to arrest us and force us to go to hospital," Kejriwal said.Political statements from the dais came from Kiran Bedi and Kumar Vishwas, with one taking on UPA in a veiled manner and the other attacking BJP in the open."This mission will not stop till the 2014 elections, till the time new and apt people come in power. We have to go till end which is 2014 when people with Anna's blessings will come to power. Till then, our responsibility is to spread these words," Bedi said.Referring to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's reported comments that Team Anna should not target the system in general, Vishwas said,"they supported our movement earlier but not now. I just want to say you were there in support because you had your own political motives. His party was with us because they thought it will help them win elections in five states."
His poetry and songs reflect peace.
On stage where Anna fasts, his true personality finds expression where he turns a rabble rouser. So much for the Anna movement being a Gandhian movement. It’s more like Shiv Sena
The office of the Additional Commissioner of Police said,
"It has been noticed that Mr Vishwas made a provocative speech against the police from the dais at Jantar Mantar. Such speeches are likely to inflame passions of the crowd and incite them to commit some unlawful act which can be prejudicial to law order and harmony in society."
Saturday saw Team Anna accuse the media of presenting a distorted picture of its ongoing agitation with reports about thin attendance at Jantar Mantar. This is symptomatic of the stage at which the anti-corruption campaign led by Anna Hazare finds itself today. To anyone who has followed events ever since Team Anna launched its first agitation in April last year, it has been clear that it is the media more than anyone else that is responsible for catapulting it to national centre stage.
For the same activists to blame the media for inaccurate coverage is not just unfair, it also represents a failure on their part to look within and ask themselves why public support for their cause seems to be on the decline. That this is so was evident last week when, unlike in the past, crowds were conspicuous by their absence at Jantar Mantar.FocusWhile the scenario may have improved over the weekend, it would be ostrich like for Team Anna to refuse to acknowledge that their campaign is at a crossroads, with the course they adopt from here on likely to determine their future relevance. To claim that crowds don't matter, as its leading members have been doing, is to only be delusional.While it is true that all campaigns go through phases, there are several legitimate reasons that could explain the movement's diminishing appeal. When it began last April, the campaign stood for a universal cause that resonated with the masses, especially urban people. The trigger may have been provided by the 2G spectrum and Commonwealth Games scams but the people who came out on the streets were protesting against a governance evil that held all political parties in its vice like grip. Unfortunately, the rhetoric that the activists have built up since suggests that the UPA government at the Centre is singularly responsible for corruption in India. This is not just untrue but may actually have put off large numbers of people who were well disposed towards the campaign at the outset.As if this were not bad enough, the activists have needlessly personalised the campaign. For, the one thing that bringing out a 'chargesheet' against 15 Union ministers does for sure is to push the larger issue into the background. There is also a certain arrogance and overrighteousness that seems at work here. This can be disturbing for people. It is one thing to fight for a cause and quite another to put oneself on a pedestal of virtue and launch moral diatribes against the world. More so, since facts in the public domain indicate that none of the activists themselves have been infallible in their conduct. If the thinking public - whose support is critical-is to continue backing the campaign, it must be appealed to through reason not dogma or name calling, as has been the case of late.Perhaps equally harmful has been Team Anna's failure to reach a common ground over the form the Lokpal Bill should take. There is a certain obsession at work as far as the Jan Lokpal Bill they have drafted is concerned. Besides indicating a doctrinaire approach, this has allowed the Union government to portray them as extremists who seek to usurp the legislature's right to frame laws.Again, if the buzz around the campaign is to be believed, India Against Corruption (IAC) has not been functioning with the same degree of transparency as it expects the government machinery to maintain. There is disturbing talk of how coteries take decisions at various levels with scant regard for democratic functioning. Many people who chose to associate themselves with the campaign when it took off have since been disillusioned. That the activists have an overrighteous approach may be contributing to the problem since it precludes self-criticism of any kind.FameIt is also difficult to overlook the perception that the anti-graft activists have been unable to handle the public attention they have received since last year. It can be quite heady to be transformed from being activists to national figures within a space of months and unless conscious effort is made against it, there is always a danger of losing one's level-headedness and good sense. How else would you explain the activists attacking a politician who has won the presidential election? Arvind Kejriwal may want to usher in a revolution, but he can be sure that the people who have made him an icon are not revolutionaries. All they want is a cleansing of the existing system.There is also the question of overuse of the agitational path, especially fasts. The ongoing stir is the fourth major one the activists have launched since they began last year. Regardless of how one views resorting to fasts for a public cause, this is a course that needs to be adopted sparingly, if it is to not lose its potency.ElectionsThis is over and above the fact that too frequent agitations can induce fatigue in supporters. Instead, IAC needs to work at the grassroots level to spread awareness. Doing so may not be as glamorous as fasting at Jantar Mantar before the media's glare, but it is likely to pay the campaign richer dividends in the long run.There is talk now of the activists launching a political party which will test the waters in the general elections of 2014. While this can answer one point of criticism against the activists, there is also the danger of an electoral drubbing damaging their credibility irreparably. If elections have to be contested, the IAC needs to start at a more basic level. It could, for example, consider fighting the assembly elections in Delhi next year. The capital has been the epicentre of their campaign and it is also the place where public awareness is the highest on corruption. The fact that it is a small state would also work in IAC's favour in logistical terms. With the Congress' credibility severelydented after three consecutive terms in power, and the Bharatiya Janata Party failing to present itself as a viable alternative, a new party led by honest public minded individuals would indeed have a fighting chance.