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Anna and the Lokpal Bill, 2010–2018, Vol. II
 
Rajeev Dhavan
Price : ₹ 1350.00  
ISBN : 9789352875597
Language : English
Pages : 624
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2019
Series :
Territorial Rights : World
Imprint : No Image
 
   
 
 
About the Book

The years 2010–11 witnessed tumultuous civil rights campaigns against the deeply-embedded corruption in Indian society and politics. The advent of social activist Anna Hazare and his India Against Corruption (IAC), ably supported by social activists and lawyers, gave rise to a civil society agitation of a kind unprecedented in the history of independent India.

Anna and the Lokpal Bill, 2010–2018, the second of Rajeev Dhavan’s two-volume history of the Lokpal Bill in India, provides detailed discussions and analyses of the events of these years, and the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government that followed.

In 2011, as the issue of corruption and the Lokpal as a remedy became a national campaign attracting overwhelming support across the country, both the UPA government and the Opposition found themselves on the defensive. A special session of Parliament was called, pledging support to Anna in the form of a parliamentary resolution, and versions of the Lokpal Bill were debated and discussed in both Houses of Parliament and special committees. However, in 2012, the Anna movement changed its course and lost momentum, resulting in a severely truncated Lokpal Bill.

The book also asks: What is civil society? What is its relationship with political society? What should be the aims of both civil and political society; and why were those in power so afraid of the ‘crowd’?

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Publisher’s Acknowledgements   

PART  I: CIVIL SOCIETY :
CHAPTER I

Civil Society and its Discontents
A Million Mutinie
Defining Civil Society
Civil Society through Legal Eyes
The Great Surrender
Civil Society as Struggle
The Struggle over Ideology
Civil Disobedience
Civil Society and its Discontents
The Crowd
Media
Civil Society Forever

PART II: ADVENT OF ANNA HAZARE :
CHAPTER II

Knowing Anna Hazare
Who Wants a Lokpal?
Governance and its Discontents: Anna as Threat?
Institutionalised Democratic Governance

PART III: THE CIVIL SOCIETY ALTERNATIVE (2010) :
CHAPTER III

Lokpal and ‘Jan’ Lokpal
The Government Lokpal Bill of 2010
Reaction to the Government Lokpal Bill of 2010
Jan Lokpal Bills
Draft Jan Lokpal Bill of 2010 (Version 1.8)
Jan Lokpal Bill of 2011 (Version 2.1)
Jan Lokpal Bill of 2011 (Version 2.2)
Jan Lokpal Bill of 2011 (Version 2.3)

PART IV: THE VOICE OF DISSENT (2011) :
CHAPTER IV

The Lokpal Bill Sleeps
A Background (2010–11)
Anna’s First Fast
Rift within the Joint Committee
Proceedings of the Joint Drafting Committee, 16 April–21 June 2011
The Ramdev Controversy
The Cabinet Meeting

CHAPTER V
Lokpal Bills of 2011
New Drafts
Official Bill 2011
Aruna Roy’s Contributions
Government’s Grievance Redressal Bill (131 of 2011)

CHAPTER VI
The August of Kranti
Jail Bharo and Anna’s Arrest
The Nation Reacts
The Prime Minister’s Move
The Next Day in Parliament
The PM’s Speech in Parliament
A ‘Second Freedom Movement’?
Finding Solutions
‘Fast’ Negotiations
Sense of the House Resolution: Parliament Debates

CHAPTER VII
Come September and Beyond
Other Issues of Contention
An October of Controversies
November of Clarifications
Proceedings of the Standing Committee
(48th) Standing Committee’s Report on the Lokpal Bill
Points of Contention
Parliament Debates the (48th) Committee Report

CHAPTER VIII
The Denouement
Anna’s Third Fast
All-Party Meet
Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill of December 2011
The Bill goes to Parliament
Parliament Debates, 27 December 2011
The Aftermath
In the Rajya Sabha, 29 December 2011

PART V: OVERTURE: PARTING OF WAYS (2012)
CHAPTER IX
Parting of Ways
Beginning of the End
Anna meets Baba Ramdev
The Fast of 3 June 2012
The 24 July Fast
Political Activism
Passing the Baton
Parting of Ways
Aam Aadmi Kejriwal
Anna Team 2.0
Kejriwal’s Journey from IAC to AAP
Rajya Sabha Select Committee

PART VI: ANNA’S LEGACIES (2013–15)
CHAPTER X
Anna’s Legacies
The Lokpal Bill of the Union
Anna’s other Legacy: AAP
The Constitutional Status of Delhi AAP in the Future
Legends and Legacies

PART VII: IN CONCLUSION
CHAPTER XI
Recognising Activism
Afterword
Inherited Governance
Constitutional Absorption
Motifs of Governance
 Lokpal and Governance
Success or Failure
Index

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Rajeev Dhavan is a Senior Advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India. As a lawyer-academic, he has written extensively on the Constitution, governance and public affairs. For his website, see www. rajeevdhavan.com.