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Lokpal Movement: Unanswered Questions

Why is it that the Anna Hazare-led movement against corruption does not seek to have the Lokpal cover NGOs, corporate houses and the corporate media?

It would be churlish to dismiss “Team Anna’s” mass mobilisation which is an assertion of our collective right to protest. This is especially so in view of the fact that after having waited for four decades, the chances have significantly brightened of the passage of a Lokpal Act by the 15th Parliament. However, it would be naïve not to recognise that corruption is not a life and death matter for most Indians who are fighting for their right to live in dignity.

We have to ask ourselves if the answers to all our woes are subsumed under cor - ruption. Will ending corruption lift people out of poverty? End oppression? Resolve the struggles against land grab? Help ascertain the will of the people in Jammu and Kashmir? Bring the war in Manipur to an end or halt Operation Greenhunt? Stop the mining juggernaut? End the persecution of minorities at the hands of Hindutva terror?

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