The upsurge against corruption has acquired mind-boggling complexities. It has throw up serious questions but no ready answers. Rather than being an empowering experience, it has disempowered and divided public opinion. Read more

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The year 2012 will be the year of the Lokpal and a slew of other legislations to combat corruption. Politicos may not want it. But they’re destined to have it. Read more

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Let me at the very outset confess that I was impressed by Anna Hazare’s latest show of protest. There was a certain variety to the debate. One didn’t feel being shepherded in the direction chosen by the organizers. Read more

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Having known Kiran Bedi for nearly three decades, I can put it down on an affidavit that she’s a person of high integrity. As a police officer, her bravery outshone some of her male peers at the prime of her career. Quite fresh in my mind are her 1978 images of single-handedly taking on a bunch of Akali swashbucklers with just a baton near India Gate. Read more

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My respect for Parliament is anchored in my commitment to parliamentary democracy. For that reason, I’m convinced that citizens should be deferential towards elected bodies — from the gram panchayat to the Lok Sabha. Read more

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Much is being made out in the media about Anna Hazare having scaled down his demands to reach a compromise with Parliament. I consider such reportage both mischievous and tendentious. Read more

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The 1941 Frank Capra classic Meet John Doe had hit the celluloid about four years after Anna Hazare was born. Its Bollywood remake Mein Azaad Hoon came amid the Bofors gun campaign against Rajiv Gandhi in the late 1980s. Read more

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