To make Jan Lokpal really effective

It is really wonderful to see so many people take to peaceful protests against corruption across the country and it shows that they really care.

What is the root cause of the government-created corruption? The quality of people whom we elect to represent us largely determines the extent of corruption.

So each one of us who is backing Anna and even those who are sceptical of his methods but are concerned about the rising corruption need to really ask these questions to ourselves

a. Did I cast my vote during the last election? If I did not, I have really made it possible for the wrong guys to enter the portals of power. I need to remember that my vote counts just like the vote of any other person

b. And if yes, what were the factors that determined the choice of my candidate?
If I had voted to a person because he/she belongs to my caste or because his/her party offered me bribes or freebies, then I have created my own misery.

Lets reflect on this and declare that we will vote in the coming elections and that we will vote for the person who is honest and who has clear plans to take the country forward.

Only then we will have people at the helm of affairs who are capable of enforcing such bills as Jan Lokpal with the interests of the country in their mind.

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2 Comments

  1. Sudarshan MK said,

    August 22, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I was 18 and in college when JP launched his movement. He came to Chennai and on the sands of Marina Beach on one hot humid June evening, we heard him talk with passion about the evil of a hydra-headed monster called Corruption that was slowly swallowing up the country…. Those were inspiringly idealistic and exciting times, indeed ….

    Today, I am 37 years older and when I watch on my TV screen Anna Hazare, surrounded by milling crowds of wide-eyed, idealistic and excited 18 year-olds, marching from Tihar Jail to Ram Lila grounds, I cant help but feel nostalgia tinged with a sense of resigned deja-vue….

    Thirty seven years later after JP’s famous crusade against Corruption in India, the monster has only grown more hydra-headed.

    In 1975, when JP un-seated Mrs Indira Gandhi as PM, it was seen across the country as a great victory of the forces of good and a death-blow to the forces of venality in politics. Today, looking back at JP’s movement through the prism of contemporary history, that victory doesnt seem all that emphatic or empyrean. It seems, on the contrary, so hollow, so ineffectual and so un-historic.

    If some future historian of India were to write the complete history of political Corruption in India, he or she would surely have to recount the great divide between pre-JP and post-JP eras. IN the former, you count on your fingers the number of scams the country witnessed. In the latter era, you would need a great long roll-call of dishonour to enumerate all the prolific instances of public corruption and disgrace. In the pre-JP era , you had perhaps only one headline-grabbing scandal : the “Mundhra-TT Krishnamachari-LIC” affair. In the post-JP era, the list of scams reads like a veritable “Encyclopeadia Corruptia” : Bofors, Antulay, Harshad Mehta, Bihar fodder-scam, Sukhram telecom-scam, Jharkand money-for-votes scam, BJP Bangaru scam, the 2G spectrum scam, the Yedduyurappa mining-licence scam, the Adarsh housing scam, the CWG scam….and far more….my list is far from complete. The irony is that it is in the post-JP era that more anti-corruption legislation has been passed and more anti-graft watch-dog and regulatory institutions created than ever before….

    Reflecting upon the past 3 decades of public and political life in India, Corruption, it now seems to me, is a lot like Prostitution. Both do thrive equally in conditions of poverty and prosperity, in good times and bad times. Both are fulminated against in public and yet are freely and on whole-scale indulged in and condoned privately. Neither, in my opinion, can ever be eradicated through legislation.

    Reflecting upon the past 3 decades of life in India, I think it is only religious conscience or a sense of personal morality and decency — or both combined — that can truly rein in the natural propensity of men in India to stray from the straight and narrow path of both sexual propriety and political incorruptibilty.

    At the risk of sounding cynical let me end by saying this: It is unrealistic to expect mere enactments of parliament to succeed in instilling values of probity in the people of India when their cultural and moral DNA has failed. The Lok Pal Bill in some form or the other may eventually get passed as Law. But then it will be no more than what the JP movement against Corruption was nearly 4 decades ago. It will be the handiwork of prosthetic surgery, not the manifestation of a natural and healthy genetic endowment. It will be social consolation, perhaps…. but social cleansing, No.

    • badrirag said,

      August 22, 2011 at 7:38 am

      Sudarshan, That was a clinical insight into corruption.

      I feel that this brouhaha would give people a temporary euphoria and nothing more. The fight against corruption is not an one time exercise but something that is ongoing. How would it be if we brushed our teeth once in a month? Germs would build up. Hence we need to do it daily, if not twice daily.

      Likewise, we need to fight corruption in our own individual capacity and not wait for a Mahatma or a JP or an Anna Hazare. The day we stand for our rights and refuse to pay a bribe for getting normal things done and refrain from bribing to get away from a mistake or crime is when corruption will take a back seat.

      Otherwise, we will have circuses of a few people getting caught and prosecuted and for the rest of the people, it will be business as usual.


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