The appearance of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev in the political firmament of India borders on the bizarre. That they are being actively supported by certain political parties signifies bankruptcy of ideas as well as leadership. Their modus operandi panders to the popular sentiment no doubt, but the end result is derailment of the constitutional methods.
Besides, it is highly doubtful whether they are equipped enough to understand the implications of the measures that they are demanding to be implemented. It is difficult to understand why the system of committees or commissions is being given a go by. For instance, why no one is talking about the Venkatachaliah constitutional review committee report is a mystery.
It will be a sad day for the country, if we opt for a mobocracy of Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan. All right thinking people, therefore, should come forward to prevent such an eventuality. [TNM]