TNN, Apr 8, 2011, 01.55am IST
NEW DELHI: After the reservations expressed by Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander, it was the turn of Medha Patkar and Sandeep Pandey on Thursday to give further evidence of uneasiness within civil society over the motley coalition of activists backing Anna Hazare’s campaign for Jan Lokpal.
In a statement issued on behalf of the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Patkar and Pandey, both Magsaysay award winners, struck a note of caution: “In this fight against corruption, we have to choose our allies with care and take those along who have the moral authority to stand with the masses and have struggled for peace, justice and democracy rather than pushing for a communal, casteist, patriarchal and divisive agenda and facilitated ecological corruption.”
NAPM did not however name the groups that should not in its opinion, have been allowed to share the anti-corruption platform with Hazare at Jantar Mantar.
While extending solidarity to Hazare in his fast unto death, NAPM said that the lesson from the widespread rejection of the official anti-corruption Bill was that the legislative process in general had to be much more democratic and that nation-wide consultations should be held for important Bills such as those related to land acquisition and unique identity numbers.
“A check on the elected government is what we need but the inclusion of private companies acting in the name of larger public purpose within the fold of accountability and transparency has to be ensured too,” NAPM said.
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