Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Independence from Corruption?

Is it not a nation’s shame a Chief Minister from South shamelessly refused to step down despite corruption charges and 'dikat' from his party command to step down , two of the high ranking union ministers had to be reprimanded by their high command to vacate the five star hotels where they were staying for 100 days and to shift to government bungalows as an austerity measures in view of the time country is reeling under economic recession and drought like situation. While one minister clarifies that he is footing the bill from his pocket, the other one is diplomatically telling that he has made his own ‘private arrangement’. Now it is for him to clarify what does this private arrangement means? Definitely it does not mean ‘from one’s own pocket’.

 But the question is why in the first place these learned ministers and Member of Parliament needs directions time and again from higher ups to behave or to project simplicity? In fact, nowadays High Courts & Supreme Court is stepping in to give directions to the civic authorities and the governments to act in a particular fashion.Why do such people need directions and support all the time when there is a drought or panic situations. Does this mean that during other times, one is free to display and live with extravagances? 

Than, there is a news about two ex- Jharkhand cabinet ministers (during 2006-08) who are now in judicial custody having non taxable income on paper but have business concerns, mines, real estate companies and hotels in Singapore, Dubai, Indonesia and Thailand. Others involved like Kalmadi, Raja are cooling their heels in jail.Other kind of politicians includes local corporators who keep going on foreign jaunts to Singapore, Dubai or China on so called Study tours at the tax payer’s expenses. Each one of them wants to make their city or town to be model city like Singapore or Dubai but ends up with a fat bank balance of their own in India or abroad.

 A large number of Government servants (aptly called Babus) have fallen in to the trap of ‘Lokayukta’ for corrupt practices and for having assets beyond their means but all these disclosures have remained headlines of newspapers but nothing has moved beyond. Not a single babu appears to have been punished or jailed till now. Oh yes, these babus and politicians when caught pretend to get chest pain and get themselves admitted to a hospital! The common man is just left behind to fend with high voltage political jargons like ‘Garibi Hatao’, ‘India Shining’ or ‘Aam Admi ke liye’ etc etc. The age old funda ‘Simple living, high thinking’ is no more valid. There is no place for any ‘Introspection’ for them anywhere, whether you live or die! 
Can we expect a corruption free nation on this Independence day?


  1. Excellent article on the grave situation. Hope people awake and rid of cancerous corruption and live Gandhi's dream of "Ram Rajya".
    Sarva Jano Sukhino Bhvanthu, Sathya Meva Jayathe.

  2. Corruption free nation that too at this Independence day only?????? Sir, i will be more than happy if I can see corruption free nation during my life period....

    and these politicians have all justifications for whatever they do....its never wrong when they do it.....


  3. If you speak of Yeddy, why not Sheila Dixit?

  4. Corruption free nation is a distant dream. But on this independence day, this is something to think about.

  5. true Sir agree with ur views here.

    as for ur last ques: corruption free India....will remain a dream for most of us..

    oh, by the way, I am following u & am your 100th follower!!! :))

  6. The dream of corruption free India will remain a dream for long time. At times I have suffered a lot because I refused to bribe the right persons. Very nicely written Mr.Ayyangar.

  7. Well to be frank I don't see a corruption free India anytime soon. The only thing we can do is to keep complaing and keep hoping something will happen.

    ....Here I Am!

  8. Such a deep and widespread level of corruption is symptomatic of an equally deep and widespread malaise among the people and not just among a selected few.

    Perhaps, there are only a few selected few who are not corruptable, and I am sure that their families, friends and colleagues, all must be cursing them for being selfish and stupid.

    So how do we get out ot it?

  9. yeah! all are roaming around so freely!

  10. Hi, good to see your blog & your interest in the nation, politics & issues like corruption. I had been to Freedom Park, Bangalore to support the Anna Hazare team recently. I have shared my experience on my blog . Do have a look. The same is shared on IndiBlogger also at :) Puneet