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network governance?typically entailing the participation of handpicked elements of civil society The other side of this valourisation of civil society is the conviction that the state is inherently repressivenothing but concentrated evil By incarcerating Anna HazareDr Manmohan Singhs government has provided not just the AHR and its admirersbut also others distrustful of the state with just the stick they craved to beat it It is hardly surprising that a prominent item in the ten-point charter of measures against corruption proposed by a leading national daily is reducing the role of the state in the lives of citizens to the absolute minimum This may be music to corporate ears as well as to some in civil society but maybe someone should ask the poor whether they too wish to dispense with the state It was the inexplicable foolishness of the Central government in arresting Anna Hazare that led to the events of the past week getting hyper-constructed as an adversarial issue with the government pitted against civil society The real parties to this disputehoweverare not government and civil societybut Parliament and civil society Over the past weekwhile opposition MPs have rightly spoken in defence of civil libertiesthe right to dissent and freedom of protestthey have been oddly reluctant to assert their own constitutional prerogative to legislate This may be because few parties are free of the taint themselves and because the credibility deficit involves the entire political class This self-denial is perhaps inadvertently blessed by the argument of a senior journalist that Parliament is the author of the law in only the most technical and banal sensethat it is the Constitution rather than Parliament that is supremeand that history is replete with examples of people being the real makers of the law This in turn can only be rhetorically truefor the supremacy of the Constitution is normativerather than practical; and popular movements are not generally engaged in the nitty-gritty of drafting lawswhich can be the only analogy that applies in the current context To oppose the AHR and the Jan Lokpal bill is not tantamount to endorsing corruptionor to being any less outraged by it than the next person Our disappointment with our frequently under-performing legislators cannot mean that we discredit Parliament as a worthless institution Giving civil society overweening power over our lives must not be allowed to become a recipe for weakening government and strengthening the market It is paradoxical that the issue that led to the unravelling of the most scandalous corruption in the highest of places the Radia tapes followed by the 2G scam is the very issue that has energised this purportedly massive upsurge of civil society The supreme irony is that to give in to the demands of the AHR would be tantamount to opening the doors to legalising the very forms of influence on which Hazare is so generously staking his life The writer is a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News I have worked on my fitness this year, Pls don’t spread misinformation. he said, Rs 250 crore for the fisheries department, Not only does 42-year-old Shardabai Gurao conduct morning “aartis” at the village’s lone Hanuman temple, I have been really busy with work and have not had the time to compose.

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