POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 15, 2011 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 15, 2011 23:59 IST

Mukul Kesavan in the Telegraph:

The political question that confronts all of us, activists, politicians and citizens alike, is whether the virtue of being against corruption (instead of for it) is reason enough to ignore political differences to sustain the breadth and solidarity of the anti-corruption front. So should Swami Agnivesh and Prashant Bhushan, core members of Hazare’s lok pal bill ginger group and stalwart pluralists, take issue with Hazare’s stated admiration for Narendra Modi’s governing style, his enthusiasm for capital (and corporal) punishment and his instinctively authoritarian leadership style or should they play down their differences with Anna Hazare on these issues in the larger interest of the anti-corruption struggle?

...The Janata Party’s necessary struggle against Congress authoritarianism in the election of 1977 involved the participation of the erstwhile Jan Sangh and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Is this much-touted crusade against corruption as significant as that earlier struggle for democracy and have its constituents subordinated their individual agendas for the sake of the larger cause?

...Is it enough for Kiran Bedi or Anna Hazare or individuals like you and me to distance themselves from [the] bizarre positions [of oddballs like Ramdev] or does there come a point where you say, no, I can’t endorse or support a movement that harbours dangerous oddballs and scary political outfits? And if you do the latter do you split the single-issue movement to keep it kosher or do you abandon apolitical single issue mobilization altogether and return to more complex political engagement?

Read the full piece at the Telegraph: What's In A Name?

POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 15, 2011 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 15, 2011 23:59 IST
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21/D-73
Jun 21, 2011
02:31 PM

 Mukul Kesavan appears to be an odd-ball himself, trying to obliquely gloss-over the cruel act of the police lathi-charging and teargassing sleeping innocent men, women and children at one in the dead of night without even the slightest of warnings.This is no better than what he accuses Ramdev or Rithambra of.

Kesavan's ideology has done immense harm to India in the 64 years of independence and the aam aadmi whether of Bihar or Bengal want no longer to have anything like this to be used by phoney well-wishers to have an authoritarian rule over him. 

K.C.Sharma
Delhi, India
20/D-120
Jun 19, 2011
10:38 PM

The Baba who blew it

Instead of bringing the government to its knees, he has banished himself to the loony fringe.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/The-Baba-who-blew-it/articleshow/8891374.cms

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
19/D-95
Jun 19, 2011
07:47 PM

 Media is keeping mum on CAG"s audit report of petroleum ministry. Some channels are reporting that this scam involving amout exeeds 2G.

dinesh chauksey
bhopal, India
18/D-19
Jun 17, 2011
09:32 AM

>>How his campaign is perceived will also be decided by a large number of Indians.

A columnist's opinion is does not reflect the opinion of large number of Indians. These columnist will not be able to get two people to support them in a campaign. They don't get to decide who joins Ramdev's campaign!

RSM
Delhi, India
17/D-2
Jun 17, 2011
01:12 AM

>> who Baba Ramdev decides to invite to his campaign is his business, it will be decided by the large number of supporters he has gathered.

How his campaign is perceived will also be decided by a large number of Indians.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
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