"Civil society's recent movement has not understood the malaise. Their recent movement carries the danger of undermining our democratic institutions and our democracy," Aiyar told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
"Civil society can and should agitate on issues but the resolution of issues can only take place in the institutions of democracy," he said.
Aiyar's remarks came days after the government said it was keen to work with civil society members to draft a sound Lokpal bill despite controversies and yesterday's meeting of the activists led by Anna Hazare that decided that Justice Santosh Hegde, who had threatened to quit from the drafting committee, would continue as a member.
Emphasising the need for inclusive growth in the country, Aiyar said, "That is the danger we are facing, if we have to preserve our democracy...we must recognise that inclusive governance is a critical pre-requisite for development.
Noting that without inclusive growth, high growth will cause deep social fissures that will aggravate inequalities in the society, he said, "Widening gap will lead to naxal problem and mindless anti-incumbency and like the recent atmosphere by the middle class in which the political class is being disrespected."