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India Goes Down The Drain in 2010
|by Dr. Subhash Kapila|
India seems to have gone down the drain in 2010 under the UPA II Government whose leadership is in the hands of the Congress Party, judging solely from the “corruption scams epidemic” that has engulfed India in the first one and a half years of the return to power of the Congress Government. India had everything going strongly in its favor in terms of economic growth and a growing recognition internationally. India’s good achievements in 2010 have been washed away by the “corruption scams epidemic” leaving one to mourn India’s going down the drain, unbecoming of a rising power. Sadly, India’s unending corruption scams seem to have dented the public image of the Prime Minister and the Congress President.
People are at a loss to understand as to how under the very noses of these two dignitaries, multiple corruption scams have taken place without fear or restraint for months, and especially when the Opposition Parties were raising these issues besides some sections of the media, Additionally letters on the subject of corruption scams were being sent to the Prime Minister by the Opposition Parties and individuals like Dr Subramanian Swami
It is an irrefutable fact that in the world’s capitals today this corrosive trend would not go unnoticed and that India’s image would be severely tarnished. Also noticeable in world capitals would be the sorry spectacle of the Indian Parliament in which a whole session has gone waste because the Congress Government refuses to agree to a Joint Parliamentary Committee(JPC) to investigate the 2G Scam. If the Congress Government has nothing to hide then why the hesitation to concede the Opposition Demand for a JPC? This is yet another question increasingly exercising the minds of the Indian public.
India has literally gone the drain in 2010 as nothing else can describe the state of affairs where the Government of the day advances lame excuses for its act of omission and commission in relation to the corruption scams, the central investigative agencies seemingly at the behest of the Government go in for selective investigations and where India’s Supreme Court aghast at the scale of corruption has to place CBI investigations under the Supreme Court’s direct supervision in terms of accountability and progress and de-linking the investigative process from under the Congress Government’s control.
Related to the 2G Scam is the sorry sight of the Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India disputing the statements of two of his colleagues that the Chief Justice was infirmed and kept in the picture of Mr. A Raja the Minister involved in the Scam, interceding with Justice Raghupathy of the Madras High Court in some case on behalf of one of his acolytes. Obviously the former Chief Justice is sparing in the truth on the subject as the Indian media seems to be daily making out the case against him. During his term in office one got the impression, rightly or wrongly, that he was a committed judge in the mould that the Congress Government desired of a ‘committed judiciary’ during the Emergency days.
As if the calls were not enough for the stepping down of India’s Chief Vigilance Commissioner due to his disputed appointment on grounds of being named in a criminal conspiracy case, the media has now started making calls that the former Chief Justice of India appointed by the Congress Government as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission should voluntarily step down from his present post.
One thought that the days of the Congress ‘permit raj’ and ‘quota raj’ were over but as the Niira Radia tapes disclosures show that the politicians have become more astute and savvy in terms of gathering ill-gotten gains. Cannot be spared either are some of the iconic names in the Indian industry who employed very highly paid lobbyists to tackle the weaknesses of Ministers and bureaucrats.
I had already touched sometime back that the moral fiber of the Indian polity was fraying but now one is sadly forced to state that the moral fiber of the Indian polity is in tatters and with no hopes of redemption in the near future. The need of the hour is a moral transformation and restructuring of the Indian political system and processes.
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