Jun 04, 2023
Jun 04, 2023
|Corruption instigated by the government is like a sewage being dumped into a fresh body of water like a lake (our nation). The sewage dements and deforms every creature in the lake and forces it to behave abnormally. The solution is not to blame everyone and create a state of paralysis. The most urgent step is to stop the inflow of sewage.|
More by : Dr. Gopal Singh
|Shri Dewedy Ji,|
I have high regards for your views and you as a person of very high integrity during your public life. I am sure what you state here is well thought out by you.
Each situation is different. Even democracies from one country to another are not the same. There is a large framework within which various versions of genuine democracy have been functioning and can function. The challenges for India are unique to India and require genuinely creative solutions.
I am not in favor of a blanket approval of the Jan Lokpal Bill. However, I find the government’s version of Lokpal Bill very repulsive and consider it as an insult to the intelligence of an ordinary Indian. There are still others who believe we do not need a Lokpal. All we need is better enforcement of present laws. However, they do not offer as to how that can be done in the present state of affairs. Any suggestion that is not solution oriented is a mere intellectual exercise. It helps shape our views but offers no remedies.
In a nut shell I find Lokpal, as stated in the Jan Lokpal Bill, no more than an independent prosecuting body. The existing judicial system will decide the guilt or innocence and determine the extent of punishment. With CBI, all of it, under the government, we do not even have an effective prosecuting body. All current prosecutions of the well known scams are being conducted under the pressure from SC, and are not voluntarily driven by the government.
We just had a high court judge impeached by the Rajya Sabha. This was the first case in the history. Yet we know how many HC and SC judges with known corrupt background are roaming free. Furthermore, we have no provision to prosecute the currently impeached judge for his criminal conduct. He is impeached but walks free. This further underscores the need for a Lokpal. I cannot take each of the excellent observations you made and answer them. To begin with there are no simple answers and this is not the detailed forum to accomplish it.
As I stated in the article, both versions of the Lokpal Bill should be introduced in the parliament. There should be an open debate about them. The parliament should be kept under intense public scrutiny (they chose to be elected for this coveted responsibility and are accountable to the people) as the debate is carried on and the eventually voting takes place. Whatever comes out as a result should be acceptable to all of us. This is how things should play out in an effective democracy.
|A well written article on the emergence and exit of corruption. |
However, I am not sure WHAT civil society means by a stronger Lokpal.
Will the inclusion of entire bureaucracy, private enterprise, parliament, P. M. and judiciary not make it unwieldy and less effective. If it were confined to high political leadership, top echelons of bureaucracy, N. G. Os.and private enterprise it can be expected to do its job effectively.
P.M. should be given freehand to act during office as he has to handle emergent national issues. He can be held responsible to Lokpal for his actions after demiting office.
In no democracy acts of M. Ps. within parliament are controlled by persons other than the speaker and its members.
Judiciary needs much more control than lokpal alone and the issue needs to be settled through a more thorough legislation which may not be struck down by judiciary.
|Beautiful article Dad. I have faith in India and her people. We will work our way out of the trappings of our early years.|