The union cabinet Thursday approved the draft of the anti-corruption Lokpal bill, to be presented in the monsoon session of parliament beginning Aug 1, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika

Civil society group demands that its version be also taken to Cabinet


Anna Hazare’s hunger strike against corruption in April 2011 attracted disparate intellectual strands from within the Indian middle class. These strands brought complementary skills to the table. The neo-Gandhians conferred legitimacy; India Shining provided energy and finances; and Legal Activists helped navigate the legislative path. The movement also attracted the opprobrium of the Independent Left. Understanding these intellectual strands helps explain the Anna Hazare movement. Equally, the movement sheds light on India’s new middle classes and their forms of political engagement.

New Delhi: Assuming charge as the water resources minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Wednesday that the finalization of the national water policy by March 2012 would be his first priority. “We are very keen to meet the March 2012 deadline. My predecessor Salman b h a idid a very good job. I hope to take it forward...

Comparing the enactment process of Lokpal bill with that of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, social activist Anna Hazare said on Saturday that the pressure from the civic society will ensure that the landmark legislation comes through.

The “civil society” initiative on the Lokpal arrogates to itself the power to decide on the shape of the institution. (Editorial)


Civil society groups have opposed a government proposal to rid its flagship rural jobs guarantee programme of malpractices, saying the plan is

How the State has responded to the fasts of Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and Medha Patkar and how the media has portrayed them are a study in contrasts and say something about our society.

Activist to go on fast as scheduled; Government mulls all-party meeting on July 3

Gandhian activist Anna Hazare vowed to intensify the stir for a stronger anti-graft legislation, saying the threat from corruption was greater than from Pakistan, and that the government is not serious about rooting out corruption.