"I realise that some of my criticisms may be mistaken; but to refuse to criticize judgements for fear of being mistaken is to abandon criticism altogether... If any of my criticisms are found to be correct, the cause is served; and if any are found to be incorrect the very process of finding out my mistakes must lead to the discovery of the right reasons, or better reasons than I have been able to give, and the cause is served just as well."

-Mr. HM Seervai, Preface to the 1st ed., Constitutional Law of India.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Now that the heat is off

The anti-corruption movement in India had reached its zenith recently. Now that the passion has blown over and intensity is weaned its time for an objective analysis of the issue. The spectrum of discussions that were ignited in the present leg of campaign is impressive. It ranged from maligning the images to deeper theoretical questions about representative democracy. It cut across disciplines of politics, law, sociology and economics to mention a few.

The attempt here is to map out the issues and engage in a discussion on some of them especially those relating to law and political science. Before kicking off the discussion, it would be beneficial to collate the available resources on the issue.

The Jan Lokpal Bill

The treasury version of the Bill and related resources

Comments resources of Aruna Roy's team

Responses on the movement - Voices with difference

Ramachandra Guha

Arundati Roy

Prabhat Patnaik

R.K Raghavan

Pratap Bhanu Mehta http://www.indianexpress.com/news/of-the-few-by-the-few/772773/

V. Venketesan on the prospect of the bill

The Seminar issue on corruption

The discussion on issues of representative democracy will be posted next.

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