NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defended action against Anna Hazare on the ground that the Gandhian leader's bid to impose the civil society's version of the Lokpal bill on the government is contrary to every constitutional principle.
"I am not aware of any constitutional philosophy or principle that allows any one to question the sole prerogative of Parliament to make a law," the PM said in a statement made to both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.
In explaining why the government is not ready to engage with Anna, the PM said, "the path he has chosen to impose his draft of a bill upon Parliament is totally misconceived and fraught with grave consequences for our parliamentary democracy." ..........
And for once, I find myself in complete agreement with the Prime Minister on the limited issue of the supremacy of the legislature in a Parliamentary democracy. It is indeed the sole prerogative and responsibility of the legislature to legislate - laws cannot be passed at the whim of any motley band of self appointed "Civil society" activists.
Who elected Mr. Hazare, Mr. Kejriwal or Ms. Bedi to force their vigilante laws down our throats? Mr. Hazare keeps mysteriously robust health for a fasting octagenarian!
And I may hold a contrarian view to the gullible Indian Twitterati, the few thousand upstart Facebook activists who usually cannot be persuaded to get away from pointless social gaming on Facebook even when the nation is under attack from Jihadi terrorists. Contrast the deferential treatment accorded to Mr. Hazare by the #BROKERMDEDIA, ex: Burka Dutt of NDTV, with the derogatory and defamatory treatment meted out to Baba Ramdev - for the sole fault of identifying himself as a Hindu (gasp).
Contrast also the token "imprisonment" of Mr. Hazare in the salubrious environs of Tihar jail with the brutal suppression of Baba Ramdev's movement. There are stark parallels to the kid glove treatment accorded by the British colonialists to a certain Mohandas Gandhi Vs. the brutal torture, incarceration and suppression of nationalists such as Veer Savarkar, Shri Aurobindo, Bhagat Singh and Lokmanya Tilak.
The company that Anna Hazare keeps - is distasteful. My gut instinct is that anything advocated by a brutal anti-Hindu thug like "Swami" Agnivesh alias Father. Frank Anthony is surely against the nation's long term interests.
Mr. Hazare's deliberate effort to dissociate his "movement" from Hindu nationalism
and Hindu nationalists does not endear himself to us.
There is also a sinister conglomeration of assorted anti-nationals and anarchists like Sandeep Pandey (of ASHA) and Medha Patkar around Mr. Hazare (Yes, I will choose to refer to him, Jinnah like - as Mr. Hazare, not "Mahatma").
The gang of "eminent" activists, Magsaysay awardees et al, and pompous posturing by the US State Department (BTW, conspicuously absent when a Hindu Swami Ramdev's mass movement was brutally suppressed) - also gives a ring of truth to Manmohan Singh's suggestions of a "foreign hand" behind Mr. Hazare.
Apparently, the infamous "Justice" Rajinder Sachar, the proponent of Muslim reservations in the Indian armed forces has also added his voice to the cacophony clamouring for a "Lok Pal" - a voice that is completely devoid of credibility, more so after the Ghulam Nabi Fai expose, which also stripped him naked - as a recipient of the ISI's hospitality in various anti-national endeavours.
This seditious judge is also a part of the so-called civil society's intellectual masturbation.
"Jasmine revolutions", (Ukraine), "Solidarity" (Poland) etc. have traditionally been CIA/ Vatican operations. Corruption is admittedly a very real and annoying problem in India that has grown in scale in the past couple of decades. However, Hazare style anarchy is not the way to address the issue. The corrupt politicians, judges, bureaucrats etc are born out of the same "civil society" as the "reformers". Let's admit it - in the present day, we are a corrupt society - for various reasons, including 1300 years of subjugation under foreign rule.
An appropriate way of dealing with this - is the traditional Hindu way of self realisation, character building, man building, nation building - as espoused by the RSS and Baba Ramdev. The extra constitutionalism embodied by Hazare's "Civil society"
is a recipe for disaster - it will pave the road for unraveling of the Indian state and intervention by hostile foreign powers.
Incidentally, why is Mr. Hazare so reticent about addressing the issue of the approximately $20 trillion of Indian money stashed away in foreign tax havens?
And why is the "Civil society" group so exercised about this one proposed vigilante rogue institution of "Lok Pal", that will do nothing, except empower the chosen ones in the same "Civil society" group?
We already have a surfeit of institutions - the CAG, the CVC, the CBI, the Supreme Court, PAC, Parliament etc. Much to my distaste, I find myself in agreement with Manmohan Singh regarding the supremacy of Parliament. If Manmohan Singh is growing a spine, in the background of the Shroud of Turin's much lamented indisposition - that is a welcome development too.