Taking stock of the momentum of civil society’s crusade against corruption, the Central dispensation is having bundle of nerves as yoga guru Baba Ramdev has set political temperature northward by taking firm stand of starting fast-unto-death against black money being salted away abroad and rampant graft and sleaze in the systems. Ramdev has been mollycoddled with powers-that-be is tell-tale that the government, in view of having buckled down before civil society leader and veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare, tries to shy away from another blizzard of agitation. Albeit yoga guru’s high pitch protest against graft has put the government on tenterhooks, it is unlikely that civil society will reach its final destination. Baba Ramdev should pile up pressure on the government to take concrete and effective action to bridle graft and black money. As some of the ministers have kow-towed the Baba, which was billed to be unprecedented, in briefing him about the government’s plan to deal with black money, there is no harm in giving another chance to the Centre for taking bold action against persons with fly-by-night character and malpractices. It is likely that the government will heed to the demand of the Baba and his supporters, but the nub of matter is that if government implements or backs out on its words, as is clearly indicated through its process of handling drafting of Lokpal Bill which will hardly meet its deadline.

If the government budges under the pressure of Baba Ramdev’s movement and fails to execute them, people will get disappointed. It will be wise for Baba to mount pressure on the government to take earnest action against black money issue instead of becoming adamant on pursuing fast-unto death. The government seems to have failed to convince the nation that it does not only scramble to stop the spiritual leader from going on fast but also racking its brain to tackle black money issue. The ruling dispensation has not come out of the hangover of Anna’s movement as it is trying hard to salvage its sagging image. The government must know it will keep its image intact if it wins the hearts of people by doing welfare for the nation. The government should drop its dilly-dallying attitude while dealing with civil society’s demand lest it would land in soup.