Answer to some of the criticism of the Jan Lok pal bill

A bill is a technical solution no doubt about it. My friends Akhilesh (here talks here on a facebook note)
talks about technical and adaptive solutions in “silos”, Can a technical solution not aid to speeding up of the adaptive process or a lack of it move the adaptive process backward?  This is a complimentary process rather than a mutually exclusive one. Hence positing that Lok pal bill is a technical solution for an adaptive problem and hence summarily dismissing it as a solution is a flawed argument.
Another question raised is the articulation of what  corruption means to a common man, inability to clearly cannot articulate a fitting description does not in any way mean that common man does not understand the problem, , they may not similarly be in a position to say what is education to our satisfaction, but they do know its importance. Connecting the point raised in the paragraph before Does that mean we do not have a higher education bill just because they cannot pinpoint exactly.
I agree we have jumped to the bandwagon but on the contrary to my friend’s view i am appreciative of this fact. This is not new, people join the bandwagon when they feel like, this happened in the independence movement. Everyone must have had different interpretations of freedom, we saw that play out in the partition but they had a purpose that Britishers must not be there, i would extend the same logic today we may have different approaches to current events but have a clear objective people in “public offices should be clean”
There is considerable compounding of issues as soon as we take it to a personal level, which i view is critical but needs more depth and a separate focus, the culture of getting away from corruption needs  catalysts, for years we have been in the wrong track, all of us may have erred but we will slowly get to what is needed. U.S is culture that people can become whatever they dream, this has been aided by intellectual property rights, better business laws and likes, applying the same argument the Jan Lok pal bill is just a step to build that culture.
I completely disagree with counterfeit leadership, what is the premise in my friend’s write up is not clear to me,if this is counterfeit leadership  than I am sure we have always had one in India after independence. Elections are about completely swaying of the people. Mob mentality is not something I am proud of. I would rather argue that since the Anti corruption movement is being played not just in streets but on the internet we have educated Indians who are making a educated choice than ever before.
There may be a debate on the methods used and the long term impact but it must also be seen that this has happened when left with no recourse, when petitioning, meetings nothing worked. A hunger strike is as good as the people’s support it gets, some critics have suggested that so called leaders in the movement should have fought the elections and then raised the issue. This is an impractical view, given the way Indian democracy works, to push this is to turn a blind eye to realities. I would however be much happier if it had happened that way.
I see continuos refrains to “thoughtlessly jumping” in my friend’s article, I must mention that if they ever was a more aware generation in India’s history it is this one and the one’s that will follow us, they will be even more aware just because of better technology.
The article suggests novel thoughts but falls lack of concrete ideas of what can be done, in its very best it can be appreciated, but if I have to ask myself what can I do now to tackle the issue of corruption there seems to be hardly any answers.
We may agree or disagree, we may have other better ways but I see that this movement has caught the imagination of people not without reason, it is a genuine reason and it offers some concrete answers, that have some, if not all the potential to address the problem. 
I would urge critics of the movement to come up with an alternative plan of action, one that is time bound and can address the issues in a much better way, till the lack of an alternative the current movement must have our support.

One thought on “Answer to some of the criticism of the Jan Lok pal bill

  1. Mahesh says:

    Ashu, A Great post and very meaningful and thoughtful for supporters and critics both… and the most important point in your post is the conclusion and the way you put.. “I would urge critics of the movement to come up with an alternative plan of action, one that is time bound and can address the issues in a much better way, till the lack of an alternative the current movement must have our support.”

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