Flaws in Jan Lokpal Bill, can’t get passed: Advani

August 26, 2011

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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani on Friday said the Jan Lokpal Bill has several inherent flaws due to which Parliament may find it difficult to pass it in the present format. “I know what are the flaws in the provisions of the Jan Lokpal Bill due to which it will notget […]

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Anna Hazare – Good or Bad?

August 25, 2011

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These days, Anna Hazare has risen to the rank of a hero in India. Most of the Indians have been calling him the second Mahatma Gandhi; without, of course, the awesome moustache and the John Lennon specs. However, there are some people like Justin Bieber who say that Anna is a bad guy. Whether Anna Hazare is good […]

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Open Letter to Anna Hazare

August 24, 2011

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Submitted by M Zakriya (not verified) on 24 August 2011 – 6:35am. Another Open Letter to Anna Hazare     Dear Anna Hazareji,   I do not understand either your Jan Lok Pal nor the Government’s Lok Pal. I am tired of this wrestling match between “Team Anna” and the “Government”, which is being run […]

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Government: What Is Its Proper Role?

August 23, 2011

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http://vimeo.com/27012164 Brian moderates a debate between Miles Rapoport, President of Demos and Yaron Brook, President of The Ayn Rand Institute. The debate, part of the First Principles series, is on the role government should play in our lives. First Principles, also sponsored by WNYC’s It’s a Free Country.org, continues on April 7 at 6 PM […]

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Holier-than-thou Middle-Class and Anna Hazare Phenomenon

August 23, 2011

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Much has been speculated about the self-styled Gandhian social activist cum anti-corruption campaigner Baburao Hazare popularly known as Anna Hazare. Emphasis, primarily on electronic media, has been laid upon his ‘morally correct’ standpoint against the unscrupulous corruption of political class of country without giving much weightage to the details and possible ramifications of his proposed […]

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India’s Selective Rage Over Corruption

August 23, 2011

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NEW DELHI — The best thing about Indian politicians is that they make you feel you are a better person. Not surprisingly, Indians often derive their moral confidence not through the discomfort of examining their own actions, but from regarding themselves as decent folks looted by corrupt, villainous politicians.   This is at the heart […]

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Anti-Anna voices grow louder: Law-making not 2-min noodles

August 22, 2011

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Voices against Anna Hazare, so far inaudible in the course of his high-decibel campaign, are getting louder. A section of civil society activists, Dalit leaders and some legal experts are gearing up to counter the Hazare wave. Their gripe: Hazare’s movement is teetering on the edge of “fascism”.   Udit Raj, a Dalit heavyweight and […]

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