New Delhi: Noted intellectuals and
academicians on Wednesday joined hands to criticise UPA Government
over the way it has dealt with the issue of corruption and
Anna Hazare`s ongoing fast against it.
Asking all political parties to take a clear stand over
the Lokpal issue, a group of intellectuals and academicians,
in a statement, also sought early passage of the bill by
Backing a strong legislation like Lokpal to weed out
corruption from the society, the group also sought inclusion
of the corporate sector under the proposed law.
The group also requested the Parliamentary Standing
Committee examining the Lokpal Bill to take into account the
viewpoints of different groups of society to make it a
unanimously acceptable legislation without any subversion of
the authority of Parliament.
The group requested the media to adopt a balanced
approach on the issue and give a fair representation to the
the marginalised sections of the society.
The signatories who issued the joint statement included
former Naval chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, noted academicians
Kamal Mitra Chinoy, Zoya Hasan and DN Jha, journalists Praful
Bidwai and R Ramachandran, famous theatre artist M K Raina,
noted social activist Afsar Jafri apart from over 50 other
eminent personalities from different walks of life.