Saturday, August 27, 2011
Times View- Mr Chatterjee - Mr Pai: Where I disagree.
I tried my best not to write on this subject.But now that I have surrendered to my temptation, albeit a bit too late, I put across a few points of disagreement. Ironically for me, these points have been raised by people, whose views (on the subject) I have concurred with.
From the time, this campaign started,
The Times has been a supporter of Parliamentary Democracy. But I feel, they did go a little overboard when they said:
"The beauty of our nation is in Democracy, however imperfect it may be."
Dear Times, The beauty of Democracy also lies staying within tolerance levels. Street Power is a reflection that tolerance has been tested enough.
Its time to realize, shifting the needle a few degrees towards perfection, won’t spoil its beauty.
Somnath Chatterjee disapproves of the method adopted by Team Anna.
In his recent appeal to nation, he made a striking analogy. I am not quoting him word to word: but he echoed a sentiment that said
"if tomorrow he wants to get a law passed and has supporters for it, all they need to do is, stage a protest at Ramlila Maidan”
I fully agree with him, that a wrong precedent is being set by Anna and his team. However, if I am getting the numbers right, we are debating on a bill that got introduced 8 times in the past. Had it not been for this septuagenarian heading a protest, (to say the least) the wait could have been longer.
Nitin Pai in his article suggests an alternative to Lokpal.
During the Jantar Mantar protests, when you and I were still trying to distinguish between Lokpal and Jan Lokpal , Nitin had put across where Team Anna is getting wrong.
In his,recent article he suggests reforms and liberalization as an alternative to Lokpal.
Sorry, but I wonder, why the running away from Accountability. Through Lokpal,an attempt is being made to make the elected representatives and system as whole accountable. Reforms and Liberalization may do wonders, but that should not, ideally, take away the onus of accountability from the doer.
Anyway, the reason why these points came to my notice is because of the source it came from. As stated in the beginning of this post, I have been in concurrence with their views, except for the above points, that took me by surprise.