Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s decision to end his fast-unto-death is a welcome step as his protest affecting his health has not brought any result because the Central government was adamant to ignore his fight against corruption and black money. The fast had also become reflective of the obstinate attitude of Ramdev and arrogance of the Central government. The fast was heading towards a dead end because a dialogue between the government and the yoga guru was necessary to be conducted in a congenial environment to arrive at a solution. At this stage, such a scenario appears next to impossible and both the parties are responsible for such an impasse. Only time will speak how long Baba Ramdev continues his fight against the black money, but it is certain that the issue remains alive. The Congress is also aware of it, which reflects from its decision to hold rallies and press briefings across the country to clarify its stand on the issue. By highlighting the measures taken by it, the Congress government will try to sell its commitment to fight the menace of corruption.

As a political party, the Congress is free to stage such campaigns, but it is unlikely that it will derive any advantage from it. People are not going to buy its arguments as it has been pretty clear that all actions of the Central government, in connection with cases of corruption and black money, were taken under pressure either from the Judiciary, Media, Opposition or the general public. Moreover, the government made it visibly clear, had it been possible, it would have not taken whatever action it undertook. The claim of the government which is led by a ruling party going against corruption with a half-hearted approach and proclaiming zero tolerance may sound unbelievable and a laughing stuff. The spate of cases of corruption and popular movements led by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev has already left the government red faced. The Central government has failed to convince the common man about the repeated claims of its commitment to weed out the corruption. It failed to devise a fool proof mechanism that can check big scams and weed out the corruption plaguing every aspect of the society, as the general public suffers the most from its widespread phenomenon. While the role of state governments in fixing the menace cannot be discounted, it does not absolve the Central government from taking initiatives to curb corruption. It is beyond comprehension why the Centre is shying away from implementing the report of the second Administrative Reforms Commission? It would be better if both the Congress and the Central government understand words, without being followed by action, are of no importance, void with results.