Today Swamy Aiyar has written an "open letter" to Anna.
Sway Aiyar is on FTI's speakers panel. We have not yet invited him to our events, since we usually find enough FTI members to speak at such events.
I agree almost entirely with what Swamy usually writes (and perhaps he would therefore agree with what I write). For instance, I agree with his solution to fast track criminal trials against MPs with charges against them. I've recently written about this solution in some more detail.
However, it appears that he has not found merit in IAC's move into politics. I beg to differ.
I have been constantly cajoling IAC and Anna, Ramdev etc. (through whatever limited means I can muster, including meeting Arvind Kejriwal) to join politics. I have always disagreed with their insistence (through fasting, etc.) that parliament pass their version of the Lokpal Bill (and noted that a Lokpal can do NOTHING to remove corruption, anyway, unless its causes are addressed).
Therefore I have congratulated Team Anna on their decision to join politics. That is the MOST democratic and respectful way to change the country's laws.
As a next step I have requested Arvind to commit to the simple principle of LIBERTY (with accountability). The rest can be worked out. Whether a Lokpal is necessary or not can then be determined (I don't think it is critical in any form or shape).
I would NEVER criticise good people who join politics. Even those who are corrupt do us a favour compared with those who only sit on the sidelines and preach. We can fix the problem of corruption, but we can't fix the problem of apathy.
We need the BEST people of India to step forward. We must always encourage good people who offer to represent the country.
THE PARLIAMENT IS THE PLACE WHERE THE WISEST SHOULD ASSEMBLE. Let's give a round of applause to Team Anna for taking the RIGHT DECISION!
Three cheers for IAC on its taking the first step in the right direction.
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