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    April 13, 2011

    Beware of governments inviting you for talks

    It may seem like the Indian government has gone out of its way to accommodate the demands of Anna Hazare & co. related to the Jan Lokpal bill.

    Did the government really have a choice? It had previously kowtowed to demands for Telangana, reservations for Gujjars, Jats. So we'd have actually been surprised if the government had reacted to Anna Hazare's fast with a show of brutality.

    Yet, neither Telangana, nor reservations for Gujjars or Jats, are anywhere near reality as of now. Anna Hazare & co. have probably become yet another entry in the list of groups that have been hoodwinked into a never-ending dialogue.

    Did Anna Hazare & co. actually have any choice other than going on a protest? It's tempting to argue that they should work within the system, and seek to enforce change by being part of the political system (i.e. get elected to assemblies / parliament). Those who get elected are invariably tainted, either directly or indirectly, whether it is through tempting voters through hard cash or through completely meaningless manifestos.

    But when the system needs a cleansing, it can only be done from outside.

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