Place a glass of water on a table and see what happens after a day… the level comes down. More water needs to be added. A day comes when even the glass needs to be thoroughly cleaned and refilled with water.


Countries and governments are the same. We have a constitution in place. We have laws. We have regulations and regulators. We have a democratic process too. We also have politicians. They’re all vital.


However good the system, it needs to be revitalised periodically. Revisited. Revised. Redone sometimes. This needs a catalyst or a push — whatever works. The civil society is doing just that.


The people of India want just this.


Arvind Passey

09 June 2011