India Going from Democracy to Autocracy Under Modi: Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare criticized the Modi government for not implementing the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 despite an order of the Supreme Court.

By Rakesh Raman

Social activist Anna Hazare said Monday that the Rafale scam would not have happened if the Lokpal was formed, indicating that the Narendra Modi government has failed to stop corruption in India.

Hazare, 81, has announced to sit on an indefinite hunger strike from January 30 to press for his demand for the implementation of stronger anti-corruption laws under Lokpal (the top anti-corruption ombudsman) and Lokayuktas.

He criticized the Modi government for not implementing the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 despite an order of the Supreme Court. “The country is in danger of slipping towards autocracy,” Hazare said with the view that Modi is ignoring even the Supreme Court’s directions.

Last year also he sat on an indefinite hunger strike against corruption and about farmers’ issues in Delhi. But the Modi government just ignored Hazare. There were hardly any supporters for Hazare at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan where he was sitting on the hunger strike.

Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal was supporting Anna Hazare in the anti-corruption protest of 2011. But Kejriwal cheated Hazare to form Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and enter dirty Indian politics. Now, Kejriwal is perceived to be one of most corrupt politicians that India has produced.

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Hazare has decided to begin his hunger strike at his village Ralegan Siddhi on January 30. Organizations of farmers in 15 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra, are expected to join the hunger strike.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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