I just want to clarify right from the start, I am against corruption as much as anyone else is. So, stop calling me a traitor and open your mind to accept that other sides to a problem can also exist.
So, lets start with
What will the Janlok Pal Bill do?
The idea is to establish a complaint redressal system which will be on top of the existing governance system of our country. It will cover the complete system i.e. from the lowest ranked official to the PM (under debate as of now) and so there will be a ‘anti-corruption’ officer who will ensure that the state officials are not corrupt.
PS: This is a very crude description of the idea so, don’t depend on it.:)
Why should we not support Jan Lokpal Bill?
The problem is the complexity and the size of the state, Jan Lokpal just increases it
What the bill will do is that it will make the system a lot more complex and increase the size of the state, while what we need are measures to reduce its size. The state is involved in things that it should not be. Cut out licensing, permits and stupid rules that the state imposes on us and no one will need to bribe any officials to get their work done.
People bribe to circumnavigate rules, why create more?
The reason corruption exists is coz people need to bypass rules to get their work done simply coz the officials wouldn’t let you work if you go by them. So why not just abolish them? Instead we are making more of them. So now, you can also be exploited by the lokpal and we will end up paying double the bribe for getting your work done. First to the government official, then to the ‘anti-corruption’ officer.
If you have mass support? Use it
Honestly, I have my doubts but if people like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are so popular, why don’t they ask their followers to stop paying bribes for the next one year. Not just that, they have many other leaders on board like Kiran Bedi and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All these people have millions of followers some of who are also very influential people.
Just this one step will go a long way in reducing corruption.
Democracy can’t be undermined
It’s the same reason why I have opposed the Telangana Movement before and I oppose Anna Hazare and Ramdev’s movements. You cant bully an elected parliament using undemocratic ways. They keep saying they have the whole nation with them, then why only 20,000 people turn up at Raj Ghat? Further more, if they have the huge support they claim why don’t you contest elections and then bring in the bill?
JanlokPal will fail to curb corruption
Jan Lokpal has been one of India’s largest movements in recent years that is built on common man’s anger against the power elite. And I have my reasons to believe that its not going to be the last. But if the Jan lokpal that this bill is going to establish fails at ending corruption as it is most likely to, the common man will again start believing that ‘India mein kuch nahin badalta’.
Instead, lets focus on something constructive and something which will actually work. I don’t think Jan lokpal will and is just a waste of time and resources.
Link: Read Janlokpal Bill Online PDF
Here is an interesting video by Shantanu B on the issue, where he spoke about it at Orissa High Court