Monday, June 27, 2011

Lokpal bill: What you need to do

You're an Indian citizen? You need to read the full draft of the Lokpal bill (DOC) or full draft of the Lokpal bill (PDF).

Read this document in full, and in isolation. Ignore the personalities on either side.

Questions to answer:
  1. If this thing gets passed as law, are you comfortable with it?
  2. Do you think this will solve the problems of corruption?
  3. Would you make any changes to make it better?
There are two versions of the bill. The government version, which is a weak version of the bill, and the Anna Hazare version. This is a quick info-graphic comparing the two versions of the lokpal bill (courtesy Tehelka).

Discuss this with people around you: friends, family, co-workers, the woman who cleans your house.

Democracy involves people to do their part: learn the options, evaluate the trade-offs and discuss various possibilities. Blindly choosing one side or the other is not the right approach, no matter which side you are on.