India has always been a slave to corruption. Today, the growing middle class has registered a protest by supporting Anna Hazare

PUBLIC interest lawyer Prashant Bhushan was nominated by Anna Hazare as one of the five civil society members to the 10-member committee constituted by the Central government to draft the new Lokpa

At Jantar Mantar on April 8, Anna Hazare addressing people gathered in support of his movement.

New Delhi: After a fortnight-long break saw civil society members battle accusations of lobbying, the joint drafting committee of government and Anna Hazare nominees will resume work on Monday to draw up the Lokpal Bill amid strong differences on its architecture.

Civil society was hopeful that substantive discussions on the anti-graft ombudsman would start with the second meeting after the

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A high-voltage campaign to draft in record time a major anti-corruption law (Lokpal Bill) for India won concessions from the government in the street, but thereafter its leaders found the going much tougher.

Arvind Kejriwal has been the moving force behind the India Against Corruption movement and the fast unto death undertaken by Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar. He spoke to Civil Society on his draft for a Jan Lokpal Bill and some of the concerns expressed over how it has been put together.

Nikhil Dey is the low-profile joint convener of the National Campaign for the People's Right to Information (NCPRI). As a member of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), he has worked extensively at the grassroots for the implementation of the RTI Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).

AS VILLAGE pramukh Madhuben Shiayal finished addressing the meeting, a dozen koli men and a handful of women who had taken off time from weeding the bajri fields got up to go.

The National Advisory Council, led by Sonia Gandhi, declared that it would have nothing to do with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill now that a joint committee of the government and activists is working on it.

But at a meeting on Thursday, the NAC unveiled the blueprint of a more ambitious and