Stakeholder Analysis Of The Jan Lokpal Movement

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BY: Radhika Jha Tata Institute of Social Sciences On 5 April 2011, Kisan Baburao Hazare went on an indefinite hunger strike, urging the Indian government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. Thousands came in support of Anna Hazare- from activists to lawyers, from rickshaw-wallahs to businessmen. Everyone came together in the time span of less than a week and supported the movement in their fervour of a corruption-free India. Thus began a movement for the Jan Lokpal Bill in India. The Jan Lokpal Bill, as proposed by what is now known as “Team Anna”, is an effective tool for creating an anti-corruption body that seeks to undertake and sanction cases of corruption within the governmental structures. The Bill was introduced several times in the Parliament since 1968 but was never passed. Background of the movement: The widely acknowledged movement against corruption that spread to various parts of India was an event that highlighted the growing resentment and the frustration of the public at large in a paradigm lens. Several events lead up to the event which cause it to have become significant in this particular time and space context. While several movements, arguably of a more urgent nature have been and are currently going on several parts of India, there was a common link to this up rise that rang true for a majority, if not all, within this nation: the notion of corruption by the hands of the government. While corruption may have existed all along the historical process of an independent India, it had gained a significant importance in the recent times, in view of both the instances of major corruption coming to light as well the people’s increasing recognition of their own power to take it into account. To elaborate the second point, the Right to Information Act passed in the year 2005, which is fairly recent, owed much of its success to the intelligentsia and the

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