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Corruption in India (Part 2)

November 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

When you talk to people in the know, all kinds of stories about politicians come out. So, I cannot believe that these stories are totally unknown. Of course, the smart ones cover their tracks well through front companies and people. Much of the wealth is held in the form of land banks. As someone put it the other day, almost every politician worth his name in Maharashtra has one or more of the following three: sugar mill / co-operative bank, college, power plant. The big daddies in the state would easily make it to the top of the Forbes Richest Indians list.

Many times the corruption is quite blatant. The telecom sector has been sucked dry by various Ministers over successive decades right in front of our eyes, and we haven’t done anything about it. Look at what happened with the new operators who were literally handpicked for additional 2G licences. What happened after the election? The same person got the same ATM (Anytime Money) ministry even after it had become clear that his actions cost the country tens of thousands of crores.

In Maharashtra, it took a couple weeks to form a ministry because of the wrangling for ministerial posts. The worth of a Minister is linked to the money that his ministry has control over. There was no discussion on a vision for the future, just a battle to control the spending – and therefore the siphoning.

I am not saying anything new. We all know this. We just turn a blind eye to it all.

Continued tomorrow.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rohitaash // Nov 24, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Hi Rajesh,

    It is always disheartening to see people shifting blames and assuming everything is someone else’s job esp. in india and to see people like me who have immense love for their country simply flee it to settle in strange lands.

    I see two reasons for it:

    1.
    I feel millions in india have been subjected to so much cruelty and domination for so long by their own first and foremost that their hearts are filled with cowardice.

    Ironically it is these coward minds who want india to get better the most as they want safe heaven for themselves and their family.

    Its also them who feel blessed settled in countries like USA and hate the idea of coming back and raising a family in India where if you offend the wrong person and chances are you can lose your limbs or life.

    2.
    Due to extreme unconscious social behavior faced by everyone in their daily lives (think in laws to daughter in law, masters to servants, traders to workers, babu to citizens, rich to not so rich, powerful to not so powerful), there is very less reason for anyone to sacrifice their personal goals for the good of those around them yet everyone understands that a society conducive to happy living is needed.

    3.
    Off-course then there are those unconscious , unaware souls or karamyogi and highly analytical people who are probably part of the problem as they accept and respect the status quo and are part of it.

    In india, the question is “Who will bell the cat?” – os its apparent that the fruits of that labor will most likely be enjoyed by others and not this individual or group of persons or their families.

    India is a religious country and our religion and not the law of the state dictates how we behave and conduct ourselves in our daily lives. The time has come to look into our religion i.e, hinduism to see how it can help us generate lot of courage and valor and get rid of the cowardice so we could stand up to the challenge and be a country with lot of respectable values to show that we aspire at times to teach the rest of the world.

    A few quotes from Mahatma gandhi can help here:

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

    “Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something. You disturb the air as you go forward, you disturb the dust, the ground. You trample upon things. When a whole society moves forward, this trampling is on a much bigger scale; and each thing that you disturb, each vested interest which you want to remove, stands as an obstacle. ”

    “I do not like the word tolerance, but could not think of a better one. Tolerance implies a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one�s own, whereas Ahimsa teaches us to entertain the same respect for the religious faiths of others as we accord to our own, thus admitting the imperfection of the latter. This admission will readily be made by a seeker of Truth who follows the law of love. If we had attained the full vision of Truth, we would no longer be seekers, but become one with God, for Truth is God. But being only seekers, we prosecute our quest and are conscious of our imperfection. And if we are imperfect ourselves, religion as conceived by us must also be imperfect. We have not realized religion in its perfection, even as we have not realized God. Religion of our conception, thus imperfect, is always subject to a process of evolution and re-interpretation. Progress towards Truth, towards God, is possible only because of such evolution. And if all faiths outlined by men are imperfect, the question of comparative merit does not arise. All faiths constitute a revelation of Truth, but all are imperfect and liable to error. Reverence to other faiths need not blind us to their faults. We must be keenly alive to the defects of our own faith, and must not leave it on that account but try to overcome those defects. Looking at all religions with an equal eye, we would not only not hesitate but would think it our duty to adopt into our faith every acceptable feature of other faiths.”

    Kind Regards,
    Rohitaash

  • 2 Mahesh // Nov 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Over the years the voters have learnt absolutly noting about the way the polititions backstab them after they are elected on the promises they make during the election campaign.

    They just fill up their money wells(kuwa), either in the form of lands, firms, shares etc…. also it is observed in many cases that the property is not in the politicians name….it is in his spouse / son / daughter / some relative of his.

    Just rolling any newspaper we might get the details of the money scandals in indian politics. I guess the content can be used to write a “epic book of scandals”.

    Who actually is to be blamed here – is it the politician or the fools who re-elect the same guys again and again.

    The fools mentioned above are a minor set of people who have no work to do, except disturbing indian integrity.

  • 3 Sanjay Uvach // Nov 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Corruption is not just a social evil, it is the single biggest obstacle that we face in the way of mature nationhood. Many of our lesser evils owe their existence to corruption. However it is not enough just to condemn corruption. We need to open our eyes and ears & use the power of Social Media to bring to fore the vice like grip that corruption has on our nation. Come, join us in our effort to stamp out corruption.

    Sanjay Uvach
    Corruption in India

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