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Incurable Ablutophobia

Our two main parties neither want to clean up nor be cleansed

Incurable Ablutophobia
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Incurable Ablutophobia
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By playing power games over a serious issue like corruption, our two main parties, the Congress and the BJP, are bogging up their own political grounds. If Anna Hazare has been able to magnetise the middle class and the righteous class around the problem of checking corruption despite his suspect methodology and ideology, it is because the issue exercises everyone. Even those who would subject Anna, his team and its Jan Lokpal Bill to sceptical scrutiny believe the issue per se demands urgent, concrete and sincere governmental action. But the Congress-led UPA government, by clamping down meanly on Anna’s right to protest peacefully, has hurt democratic sentiments across the board. This not only betrays the government’s nervousness on corruption, it also shows a repressed guilt over its insincere draft Lokpal Bill.

The UPA has even got its realpolitik wrong. By arresting Anna and his associates, the government has unwittingly invested them with the aura of public heroes. In the process, it has allowed the BJP—unclean...

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