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When he wonhe realised how difficult it was to implement in office what you think is easy when outside Something like this is going on about the Lokpal Bill and the furore surrounding yet another fast unto death (FUD) which seems to have rattled the government for reasons which are hard to fathom When Anna Hazare was doing his FUDthere was a lot of muttering around Raisina Hills that this was an undemocratic practicecitizens usurping power from legitimately elected MPs It seemed a bit much at that time since the issue raised by Hazare was one which all governments had been negligent about over the previous forty years There was a lacuna in parliamentary democracy to be pointed out The government then graciously compromised and began negotiations with the Hazare team in a transparent fashion The difficultyas I said at that timewas that the civil society leaders having got a victorystarted overplaying their cards and putting deadlines It has to be pointed out that things are neither easy nor quick if you want to do them properly Legislation has to be carefully draftedthen debated and passed by Parliament This does not imply an indefinite delaybut careful scrutiny But as that process was taking its coursewe now have the FUD by Baba Ramdev This interventionthough no doubt sincereseems misguided It adds new arbitrary demands such as bringing back black money to what was an ongoing discussion about the Lokpal Bringing back black money may be desirablebut is not easy nor is it under control of the GoI It has taken the US and Germany long negotiations with the Swiss authorities to get at the data on tax evaders; the UK is still in the process of doing so These international negotiations are lengthy and complex Indeed even the definition and measurement of the amount of black money are uncertain matters Thenthere is the issue of whether the Prime Minister should or should not be within the purview of the Lokpal These are not issues which can be decided by a count of Twitter messages someone receives These are complex issues on which consultations are necessarynot just with fasting holy men but state governments and Opposition parties which have so far been frozen out of the dialogue If the government was hesitant in the case of Anna Hazareit seems to have lost its nerve in the case of Baba Ramdev That four Cabinet ministers should go to receive him at the airport and begin discussions sounds like unconditional surrender even before a single shot has been fired (or a single meal missed) What is the government afraid of If this goes onwhat is to prevent some other swami or sadhvi to threaten another FUD and we can go on interminably like that Governments are meant to governnot to abdicate responsibility to whoever can gather a mob in their support even if that mob is created by mobile phones The only guess I can make as to why the UPA is being craven before Baba Ramdev but was tough with Anna Hazare is that Baba Ramdev is is a potential political force The UPAor rather the Congresshas a simple Manichean view of the world in which there is only one enemythe BJP/Hindutva forces It conducts itself constantly with an eye on the political advantage to be gained by showing up the BJP at a disadvantage Thus far it has frozen the BJP out of the discussion on the Lokpal issue (This was a blunder by the Hazare team who should have asked for inclusion of Opposition leaders in the negotiations) Baba Ramdev is his own man; but if he has any preferenceit is with RSS and BJP This is why the government is running around with meek voices after him begging favours The UPA is worried that its carefully preserved hegemony could be blown by Ramdev and that in turn would bring Gadkari & co back into the frame I could be wrong but I doubt it For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News The maintenance cost is also low. Akhbar-e-Mashriqin a May 30 editorial queries: The Maoists have started targeting the common people Will the government even now not deploy the army against them… After allare we not taking the services of the armed forces against and insurgency and separatism in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East because of which situations there are getting considerably under control? Mira’s wedding outfit and the reception gown, has topped the qualification round in the individual event with a score of 378, For all the latest Entertainment News. No wonder the two are dropping hints at settling down real soon. On Friday in London, download Indian Express App More Top Newscity only, The plan had to be shelved almost instantly as Matt Henry’s first bouncer reached only as far as Kohli’s waist.

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