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Political Panchadoshas

All parties in the Lokpal fiasco displayed the same flaws

Political Panchadoshas
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Political Panchadoshas
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Behind the latest Lokpal fiasco and the farce that has been on since April 2011, we may identify five deadly flaws in our polity, displayed by all the actors involved—the Congress and the BJP, smaller parties like the Samajwadi Party, the BSP, the RJD and the Trinamool Congress, and the members of campaigner Anna Hazare’s team. The flaws they all displayed in equal measure are hypocrisy, arrogance, selfishness, opportunism and shortsightedness.

First, let us look at the political class, chiefly the Congress. The old saw goes that the way to hell is paved with good intentions, but the Congress paved its path to perdition all along with bad intentions. Its opportunism is evident in the way it formed a joint drafting committee with Anna’s team members even as its dirty tricks department orchestrated and kept up a campaign of calumny against them. All this when it had no intention of conceding any of the substantial demands of the team, such as keeping the government’s say in the appointment and dismissal of the...

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