The reaction made by Home Minister P Chidambaram on behalf of the Union Government to the one day protest by Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare and his supporters at Rajghat has placed the Centre and Civil Society on the path of confrontation. It is the responsibility of both the sides to pacify the situation and ensure that the path of collision is averted. Anna Hazare has warned that if the Lokpal Bill is not approved by August 15, he would stage a nationwide agitation. It cannot be denied that the country desperately needs a competent Lokpal and no delay should be made in the process but at the same time it is not justified to serve an ultimatum on the issue. Parliament should be given the freedom to take its course. Civil Society can monitor the work of parliament, but it cannot interfere in the parliamentary affairs as said by P Chidambaram. Civil Society activism should remain confined to its jurisdiction. Simultaneously, it is equally important that parliament should respect the feelings of Civil Society. Today, if Civil Society has to display more attentiveness than required for the Lokpal bill, the political parties which have created a false cry on the supremacy and purity of parliament are responsible for it. The failure of the Lokpal bill to become a law in the past 42-year itself reveals the misuse of parliamentary powers by the political parties.

It is correct that the present Union Government cannot be held accountable for the 42-year long delay, but it should reveal the reasons behind ignoring the issue from 2004 to 2010, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon after assuming charge had pledged to introduce the Lokpal bill. Actually, it is an outcome of the repeated breach of trust that the people have started regarding that political parties are least bothered about the issue. If Anna Hazare and his aides are to be believed, the Union Government is still trying to scuttle the competent Lokpal system.  If the Union Government does not want to include Prime Minister, Judiciary, parliamentarians and bureaucracy under the Lokpal ambit, it will not be acceptable. Definitely, Civil Society is not a part of Parliament, but Parliament also cannot maintain a distance from the Civil Society. If Parliament is the topmost body of public representatives, it should reflect the fact through its deeds. If the Union government does not want the Civil Society to encroach upon the jurisdiction of Parliament, it becomes important for the government to ensure that it does not indulge in unwarranted propaganda of its superiority. Afterall the government is a part of Civil Society. If the Union Government deems that the Civil Society needs to soften its attitude on this issue, it needs to do the same.