By People for Constitution, Democracy and Human Rights (PCDHR, Nagpur)
Recent stir by Anna Hazare (Original name unknown/ Education unknown) & Co. for an Ombudsman for corruption in the name of Jan Lokpal is an ‘extra-constitutional method’, bypassing the Parliamentary process which is at the heart of Constitutional Democracy which ‘We the People’ of India have adopted.
Secondly the demand in their version of Lokpal, Jan Lokpal, to bring the Judiciary and Members of Parliament under the ambit of anti-corruption law is anti-Constitutional. This will make the Lokpal superior to the parliament & judiciary and snatch the sovereignty of the people of India which is exercised through elected representatives and judicial exercise to protect the Constitution.
Whereas there is provision in Hazare’s bill to bring every ‘public servant’ from Chaprasi to Prime Minister under Lokpal, it shamelessly leaves the Private Sector, charitable, religious institutions and NGOs out of it. This is nothing but an attack on ‘state’ by the ‘market & media forces’ and ‘religious brahmanical groups’ to maintain caste and bring in ‘caste capitalism’. This is a conspiracy to subvert the Constitution & the methods of fasting are worse than physical violence as they destroy the essence of discussion, debate and reasoning which democracy essentially requires. Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar in his historical speech delivered to the Constituent Assembly on 25th Nov. 1949 advised the people of India to adopt Constitutional methods for attaining their social and economic objectives. He particularly warned and advised (the people) to leave the revolutionary and civil disobedience methods that Marxists and Gandhians pursue. Hazare, by resorting to coercive fasting methods, is in fact destabilising democracy and restraining the sovereignty of the people of India by disallowing a healthy debate on Lokpal.
Whereas there is every protection for the complainant & whistleblower in Hazare’s bill; there is none for the accused public officials; even if they are acquitted by the courts of land. Why should not the false complainants & whistleblowers, if proved by the court of law, also be penalized with minimum years of imprisonment along with fine for the loss of dignity & professional career of the accused?
If Hazare & co. believes in constitution & democracy they must either find one M.P. to table a private member bill in the Parliament or get their own M.P.s elected by forming a political party. Let the people of India know whether the so-called civil society (which in fact it is not, because it is a clique of some individuals of particular castes without a desire to be a democratic society with a public conscience as Dr. B.R.Ambedkar envisaged) truly represent them. Remember that it is parliament which is accountable to the people, the civil society is accountable to none.
The very reluctance of Hazare & co. to talk of corruption in private sector, media and religious & charitable institutions, while displaying willingness to bypass parliamentary processes, reflects their ‘undemocratic mentality’. They have hardly fought in any cause for eradication of socio-economic inequalities & injustice that ‘caste & brahmanism’ have perpetuated, denying humanity to 100 cr SCs,STs, DT/NTs,OBCs, Religious Minorities, and women of India.
The media in India, it seems is not the 4th pillar of democracy; but the 1st pillar of plutocracy and brahmocracy. It is dishonest & afraid to call ‘Ambedkarites’ and the representatives of Dalits, Tribals, Backwards & Religious Minorities for debate & discourse on vital issues of national life. It is doing its duty dishonestly by allotting precious time to hooligans & children who hardly understand anything about the constitution or corruption. What a sham in the name of public opinion!
The UPA government led by brahmanical Congess of the day is also insincere as far as its ‘Constitutional morality’ is concerned. While it has not done enough to realise the principles of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity by establishing ‘social & economic Justice’ and building a just & moral social order; now it is foolishly violating the ‘Fundamental Rights’ of protesters ( and making them more important rather than redundant). It seems that the Congress deliberately arrested Hazare and unlawfully allowed him to stay for 2 days in Tihar jail violating the jail manual to make him a hero so as to create public hue and cry to run the media show.
It strongly seems that the whole show is managed by Hazare & co. with backdoor support of anti-democratic & anti-constitutional brahmanical forces ; supported or opposed by the BJP & Congress. It is really an ‘extra-constitutional method’ to subvert constitutional democracy and maintain the hegemony of caste + brahmanism, so the rights and development of Bahujans can be obliterated ad infinitum to maintain status quo and rule of b3s ( so called brahmins, kshatriyas and vaishyas ).
Let the 1 billion Bahujans, the fair-minded citizens of India and those who believe in democracy & human rights all over the world understand this. Let them say loudly that they are not with Hazare & co., but for ‘Constitution, Democracy & Human Rights’ which cannot be realised by an anti-constitutional ombudsman’ – Jan Lokpal as forcibly imposed by Hazare & co. upon the people of India .That such an institution as conceived by Hazare & co. has not been not formulated in any Democratic country of the world ( either in European, American, Asian or Australian Democracies), is a fact which also must be propagated to save constitutional democracy from Jan Lokpal which in fact would be a supra-constitutional body above the Parliament, Government and Judiciary. It would indeed prove Lord Acton’s words ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ true. Our constitutional scheme provides for ‘separation of powers ‘ and ‘checks and balances’. The undemocratic, dictatorial Janlokpal would indeed become a de facto Janvirodhi Lokpal, and a monster in democracy.
We are of the view that though a law & an institution to tackle corruption, within the constitutional frame work, is necessary, but it is more important to establish ‘social & economic justice ‘; social, economic ,moral, political & intellectual democracy and an enlightened India/PraBuddha Bharat for putting end to all problems of Bharat i.e. India : including corruption which is an outcome of casteist exploitation in India which starts from the birth of a child till the search of salvation by bribing the priest (pest)!
Jai Bhim! Jai Phooley!! Jai PraBuddha Bharat!!!