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Delhi bishop disagrees with Anna to continue fast

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 22:10

New Delhi: Delhi Archbishop Vincent M
Concessao, a founder member of `India against Corruption`
which is spearheading Anna Hazare`s protest, on Wednesday disagreed
with the Gandhian on his decision to continue with his fast
and warned against "subverting democratic processes".

Acknowledging that the tremendous response to Hazare`s
appeal shows how prevalent corruption is, Concessao said, "We
cannot set aside the democratic processes.

"I am in favour of fasts to make a point but fast-unto-
death is not acceptable as life is a gift of God and God alone
has the right to take it away. We are supposed to preserve and
promote life," he said in a statement.

However, he said the country needs an an effective Lokpal
to deter people from corruption as a first step towards a
corruption-free India.

He said he was of the opinion that much more has to be
done in terms of value education and conscience formation in
the days to come.

"What we need is the education of our parliamentarians so
that they can amend the Lokpal Bill to ensure its
effectiveness in practical terms. That would ensure the
responsiveness of our parliamentarians to the needs and
aspirations of the people they represent," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 22:10
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