POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 16, 2013 AT 16:04 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 16, 2013 16:04 IST

It could not have been more ironical. As Anna Hazare now bats for what Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is calling the sarkari Jokepal Bill, the only parties opposing the government bill are AAP and the Samajwadi Party (SP). The battle between AAP and Team Anna is now being fought on Twitter:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 16, 2013 AT 16:04 IST, Edited At: Dec 16, 2013 16:04 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 14, 2013 AT 17:41 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 14, 2013 17:41 IST

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, in a press conference addressed also by senior ministers P. Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal, has appealed to the opposition parties to pass the Lokpal Bill that is to be presented in Parliament on Monday, December 16.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 14, 2013 AT 17:41 IST, Edited At: Dec 14, 2013 17:41 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 09, 2012 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 09, 2012 23:47 IST

Brief facts of the case

  • Aseem Trivedi, a Kanpur-based cartoonist, participated in, and displayed some cartoons at an Anna Hazare Jan Lok Pal rally held in December last year at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai
  • Soon thereafter his website cartoonsagainstcorruption, was suspended by web company Big Rock after a notice from the cyber wing of Mumbai police
  • Trivedi set up a Facebook page and also put up those cartoons at Google's blogspot.com, knowing Google's anti-censorship stance. The government would clearly find it more difficult to persuade Google to take off these cartoons unlike “Big Rock,” which hosted his suspended site.
  • A member of Republican Party of India, Amit Katarnayea filed a complaint against Trivedi
  • In January, a case of sedition (under IPC section 124A) was filed against him at the Beed district court.
  • In another case before the Bombay HC, Trivedi was charged with insulting national symbols, under Prevention of Insults of National Honour Act, 1971.
  • The other charge against him of course was violation of section 66A of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008
  • A team of Mumbai Police was sent to Kanpur on August 30 with non-bailable warrants, but by then Trivedi had moved to Delhi from where he contacted the BKC police station who asked him to reach Mumbai on his own
  • He surrended on Sept 8 night and was taken into custody.
  • Activist Shivam Vij reported: Trivedi has for the moment refused to hire a lawyer and does not intend to apply for bail: "I want to first see how a British-era law like sedition is going to be applied against a cartoonist in free India."
  • Today, Sept 9, he was remanded to police custody till September 16 by a local court in Bandra
  • Outside the court, a defiant Trivedi said, "If telling the truth makes me a traitor then I am one. Even Mahatma Gandi was called traitor and if I am booked under sedition for doing service to the nation then I will continue to do so."
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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 09, 2012 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Sep 09, 2012 23:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 20, 2012 AT 16:13 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 20, 2012 16:13 IST

S.L. Rao in the Telegraph:

Many people have written off the Anna Hazare movement against corruption. They are blind to the effects already visible in orders, policies and procedures. Hazare brought together the widespread disgust against the pervading corruption in our society and the apparent freedom from punishment of those identified as culpable. All political parties and the government combined in a coordinated way to discredit ‘Team Anna’ and to diminish his influence. Public disgust and anger remain and will express itself in votes cast at elections, and also when a new movement is launched by a more sophisticated public leader, who will not express himself in the crude way that Hazare frequently did. Such a movement will make full use of the internet and the social media, having learnt from the viral spread of the song, “Why this Kolaveri di”.

Dramatic changes have already occurred in a number of areas. They will make things more difficult for the corrupt minister and bureaucrat as well as for the incompetent bureaucrat.

Read the full article at the Telegraph: Fruits of Public Anger

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 20, 2012 AT 16:13 IST, Edited At: Feb 20, 2012 16:13 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 30, 2011 AT 00:38 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 30, 2011 00:38 IST

It could have been foretold by anyone by late afternoon. The UPA was not only in a hopeless minority, under most severe opposition from its own constituent, Trinamool Congress, but had no intention of putting the bill to vote.

The buzz had been that a bitter exchange could be engineered in the house to disrupt the proceedings of the house.

Through the evening, TV Channel CNN-IBN kept mentioning the possibility of a "bitter exchange" to disrupt the house that could take the proceedings to midnight.

It even mentioned Rajniti Singh by name.

Political analyst Yogendra Yadav called it the worst form of match-fixing. He called the UPA tactics as trying to be too clever by half but hoped that it would not come to this sorry pass and this particular drama would not be enacted because it had been announced on national television.

But clearly, there was desperation in the ruling camp, and the claim seemed to be confirmed when Rajneeti Singh proceeded to tear up the bill in Rajya Sabha, and as the video clip shows, the minister concerned did not seem to be even making a half-hearted attempt to stop him..

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 30, 2011 AT 00:38 IST, Edited At: Dec 30, 2011 00:38 IST
     
 
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