Lokpal Bill 2.0?
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Lokpal Bill 2.0?

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Move over Lokpal, Jan Lokpal and Bahujan Lokpal. Coming next is the Muslim Lokpal Bill.

Fifteen prominent intellectuals and jurists from the Muslim community met at the headquarters of the Institute of Objective Studies in New Delhi on September 11 and decided to draft a more comprehensive and accommodative Lokpal that could be christened ‘Jamhuri’ (democratic) Lokpal. This important news story was first broken by theindianawaaz.com, a portal launched in English, Hindi and Urdu in 2009.

‘Many Indian Muslims feel that their views aren’t adequately incorporated under the other versions of Lokpal bills and, most importantly, that the Anna Hazare-led civil society isn’t a truly representative body of the people of India,’ says Andalib Akhtar, editor of theindianawaz.com.

At the meeting, a sub group of five eminent jurists was formed comprising former Chief Justice of India A.M. Ahmadi, Mushtaq Ahmad, advocate, Yusuf Hatim  Muchhala, advocate Bombay High Court, S.M. Kazmi, former chairman of the Minority Commission of UP, and Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor at the National Law University in Odisha.

The sub-committee will study different versions of the Lokpal bills and come up with a new draft that is envisioned as effective, more practicable and takes on board the concerns of all stakeholders. The Muslim Lokpal Bill, once ready, would be presented to the parliamentary standing committee that’s engaged with the Lokpal issue. The sub-committee will study the various versions of the Lokpal bill and prepare a new draft from the perspective of minorities and other groups. ‘If we feel there’s a need of a separate draft bill from our perspective, we would go for it,’ said a member of the group.

IOS Chairman Mohammad Manzoor Alam said that a comprehensive review should be presented to the standing committee of the Indian parliament with the aim of securing a realistic piece of legislation on an anti-corruption mechanism. Abusaleh Shariff, economist and member secretary of the Sachar Committee, is to provide ‘socio-economic’ input to the Muslim panel on Lokpal. 

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Kabeer Khan
September 30, 2011 at 04:17

Can’t even think what religion, Islam, Hindusiam, Sikhism or Christanity has to do with the Lokpal – such eminent people – and such sad deeds!, It is beyond any common sense , simple tooo funny… a Muslim Lokpal, a Bahujan Lokpal – Politicians playing the divide and rule game – amusing! I’m a Muslim, and I support Jan Lokpal – only a complete lunatic can think of a Muslim or a Bahujan Lokpal

Om Prakash Soni
September 16, 2011 at 10:06

Sad, but true that though we are a democratic country, but casts, religions and communities view them self in different angle and not with a view that we all are Indian and as a whole human being irrespective of the cast and creed. If such a monopoly is maintained under own thoughts by individual groups, I feel it will be very difficult to get justice. It is there that unity is strength, but where it misses, disadvantages are taken by others.

Sad, but true that though we are a democratic country, but casts, religions and communities view them self with different angle/opinion and not with a view that we all are Indian and as a whole human being irrespective of any cast and creed. If such a monopoly is maintained under own thoughts by individual groups, I feel it will not only be harmful to the entire society but will prove to be very difficult to get justice. It is there that unity is strength, but where it is missing, disadvantages are taken by others.

As far as I feel, the draft Jan Lok Pal bill drafted and presented by the Civil Society Team is comprehensive in itself as well as in the interests of common people. If we go on presenting different bills at this stage, it will not be judicious and even the Government too will be in a dilemma in taking any decision. Let the intellectuals from every cast, creed, community or group come forward to suggest their thoughtful opinions, but presenting a series of Lokpal bills will have no solutions or the ending to any problem. After the Jan Lok pal bill, Bahujan Lokpal Bill and Muslim Lokpal Bills are emerging now and probably in the time to come, some other communities will also raise their heads to come in lime light. Some will propose Brahmin Lokpal Bill, others will say Rajput Lokpal Bill, Sikh Lokpal Bill, Aadiwasi Lokpal Bill…. and there may un-ending series of such issues in the time to come, which may go on. It is request to the intellectuals of each society; to give a serious thought on this aspect. If my saying has hurt some one’s sentiments, I will have feeling or shy for the sorry on my part. – Soni

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