A law can never eradicate corruption because the present system of liberalization, globalisation and privatisation is responsible for encouraging it and it is this system that must change, says civil rights activist Binayak Sen told DNA. He added that he respected Lokpal Bill crusader Anna Hazare and had “nothing against him.”
Sen, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court recently after being convicted and jailed for sedition in Chhattisgarh, is in town ahead of a meeting organized by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) to garner support to scrap India’s antiquated sedition law. “I am not the only victim of the law. There are hundreds of others who are. There are even more who are against it. It is a British law created to use against freedom fighters. Such a law is not the sign of a free country. The PUCL aims to collect over 10 lakh signatures of citizens against the law and present it to Parliament,” he said.
Sen emphasized that financial, social and political inequality has brought India to the brink of famine. According to the World Health Organisation, if more than 40 per cent of the population has a BMI of less than 18.5, it can be considered to be in a condition of famine. But 37 per cent of India’s adult population has a BMI below 18.5, he said.