NEW DELHI: Eight days after Gandhian Anna Hazare called off his fast demanding a stronger Lokpal law, the joint committee to draft the bill met on Saturday for the first time amid a controversy over a CD allegedly involving eminent lawyer and panel co-chairman Shanti Bhushan.

The meeting chaired by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee was held at North Block and attended by Ministers P Chidambaram

Open Agenda As Drafting Panel Meets Today For 1st Time
New Delhi: A day before the first meeting of the joint committee on the Lokpal bill, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and lawyer Prasant Bhusan said civil society activists would go into the meeting with three major things on their minds

AS MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni’s face knotted in intense concentration, 1.2 billion Indian eyes were on him. At Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, it was the most critical match of all. The World Cup final.

Jantar Mantar showed up the limitations of a popular movement that lacks a political perspective. (Editorial)

Anna Hazare’s hunger fast last week for probity in politics captured the news agenda and unleashed a nationwide frenzy. Declarations of victory may be premature since the real work of drafting a law on the Lokpal is only just beginning. Corruption is not an abstract evil that can be combated by the virtuous few.

Many political leaders and intellectuals have criticised the Anna Hazare campaign on the Lokpal Bill for being anti-democratic and anti-political.

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Thousands rallied behind Anna Hazare, when he sat on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar demanding an improved version of Lokpal Bill, the government

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