Sunday, April 10, 2011

Political corruption affects us all.



Political corruption affects us all..............
In ways intrinsically we are accountable.  We elect the politicians and political parties expecting them to act in the public interest. By electing them, we give them access to huge public resources and the power to take decisions that have an impact on our lives.
There are unlimited privileges that stem from the positions they inhabit .From here immense damage can be inflicted by politicians or parties acting out of greed. Worse is, that many of them use the service to nation to bankroll their ascent to power.
Hence it is not surprising at all that people ….. World over…. are demanding absolute probity of their political leaders.
So global is the malaise of corruption in high places that citizens in three out of four countries polled by Gallup International, spot on identified, that our political parties are the institution they perceived as most corrupt.


Party Finance and Campaign funding
Money has always been essential for political parties and candidates to contend elections. It is the fuel required to run their juggernaut.
I think most of us have total clarity in accepting that we do not oppose the political funding…..We are a democracy and willy nilly we need the Political Parties ….The rationale of anti-corruption efforts in the area of political finance is not to curtail funding, but rather to ensure that parties are properly funded from sources that are neither corrupt nor potentially corrupting, and are accountable a for their funding.


It is imperative that corruption menace is addressed….. For, it has serious potential of encouraging corrupt exchanges between Political parties and funders.
Is this the reason people are losing interest in the political process and trust in government?
While on this it is also crucial to tackle the abuse of state resources…the machinery …such as state media, staff time or use of official telephones, vehicles and offices for campaigning by incumbent parties.
Money in politics has to be restricted and somehow political parties have to be prevented from falling into the pockets of their Corporate donors.
Legislatures can try to curb the need for private funding by passing laws to provide funding or subsidised access to the media. They can also lessen the demand for money by shortening campaign periods or capping expenditures….Come to think of it, all this can be brought under the purview of the Lok Pal Bill ….
A second way of tackling corrupt party financing is to regulate the flows of money into politics.
And equally  it is imperative to increase transparency of campaign finance by introducing disclosure requirements, whereby the public is informed of who gave how much to whom, for what purpose and when.
Corrupt Money Flows from Corporates on to Political System
Opportunities for purchasing influence in government are not confined to the electoral process.
Lobbyists  like Nira Radia and many more … stand between the public and private sectors are in an ideal position to broker corrupt transactions. It is perfectly legitimate for companies to expect access to politicians - as it is for NGOs or any other interest group. Where corruption comes into play is when an interest group or corporation gains privileged access or undue influence of policy makers, for example through offers of money or gifts.
Justice In system
The combination of immunity from prosecution and unfettered personal power underpins many of the most infamous corruption cases involving politicians…..Bofors…Fodder….Bhopal …many years ago and now…2 G…CWG … Adarsh…and more.

Immunity should only protect the office that the politician holds – not the politicians –Immunity should not be a shield against justice.
Vote Corruption

One of the most blatant symptoms of political corruption is when politicians bribe voters directly. The practice – is upfront prohibited by most national legislations - but is fuelled by money that is not properly accounted for at best, from criminal sources at worst.


It is difficult to really assess how widespread the practice of vote buying is. …However the term encompasses many kinds of inducements…such as the distribution of food, clothing or public services, in addition to direct monetary exchanges.
This is the political landscape in India today….. Rampant corruption at every level…It is at this time that Anna Hazare steps on central stage at Jantar Mantar Delhi…and said It is time to stop the loot…
Is it the second fight for independence ?










Who is Anna hazare ?




Anna Hazare is one of India's well-acclaimed social activists.

A former soldier…..A non commissioned officer of the Indian army. ..He joined after the infamous China aggression in 1963 …after the mauling of the soldiers in extreme conditions.
Today Anna is well known and respected activist.
What did he do that caught the imagination of the people ?
He was instrumental in upgrading the ecology and economy of the village of Ralegan Siddhi which is located in the drought prone Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state. The erstwhile barren village has metamorphosed into a unique model of rural development due to its effective water conservation methods, which made the villagers self-sufficient. Earlier, the same village witnessed alcoholism, utter poverty and migration to urban slums. Inspired by Hazare’s unique approach of salvaging a hopeless village, the state government has implemented the `Model Village’ scheme as part of its official strategy. Hazare is now synonymous with rural development in India.

From a tenacious soldier…  A NCO in  ASC  he went on to be a social reformer, and a Right to
 Information crusader.(RTI)

·         Anna Hazare’s journey of four decades has been unprecedented in terms of a non-violent
yet effective campaigns
·         Resurrecting a barren village into an `ideal village”… A model ,
·         Empowering the faceless citizen through pioneering work on Right to Information.
·         His efforts to empower grampanchayats,
·         Protect efficient government officers from frequent transfers and fight against
·         The red tapism in government offices have also received accolades.
His tryst with the army came when many Indian soldiers became martyrs in the Indo-China War of 1962 and the Government of India had appealed to young Indians to join the Indian army. Being passionate about patriotism, he promptly responded to the appeal and joined the Indian Army in 1963. During his 15-year tenure as a soldier, he was posted to several states like Sikkim, Bhutan, Jammu-Kashmir, Assam, Mizoram, Leh and Ladakh and braved challenging weathers.


At times, Hazare used to be frustrated with life and wondered about the very existence of human life. His mind yearned to look out for a solution to this simple and basic question. His frustration reached the peak level and at one particular moment, he also contemplated suicide. For this, he had also penned a two page essay on why he ants to live no more. wanted to die ….Fortunately for him, inspiration came from the most unexpected quarters
Swami Vivekananda’s book and immediately bought it.



6 comments:

  1. Robert Emery 11:45pm Apr 9
    u r right i have noticed that generally there are 80% followers in most things so when we are compelled about things it is SO important to ACT!
    Comment History

    Daar Ji 11:05am Apr 9
    Sorry ...I did not reply earlier ....Govt had evaded a definitive notification....And Anna Hazare broke the fast after he had the notification in hand.....Now Jan Lok Pal bill will come Beta!!! But the atmosphere is msalignant with corrupt ppl.....Each and every person has to vow to be a watchdog...It ia big step...But a long journey

    Gurvir Singh Bajwa 10:22am Apr 9
    sir ji oh ik hero hai apni state de vich usne kayi mukhmantria nu dhool chakayi hai..us ne ik pind vi vasya hai apni state vich jithe solar system naal bijli paida kiti jandi haijis ne vi maharashtra vich anna hazare naal takkar layi oh satta chon bahar ho gya jiven ki shive sena de aggu manohar joshi,vilasraodeshmukh,narain rane,shushuil kumar shinde,ashok chawan sahaml han..oh pawar de vi khilaf hai

    Brijinder Loomba 10:03am Apr 9
    What about Anna attitude in his own home state about shiv sena hooliganism and hindu terorism he has not uttered a word about it, is he for hindu rastra or true India ,he is unclear. He is silent about sikh genocide

    Gurvir Singh Bajwa 10:00am Apr 9
    hmm i dnt know much about the past..i knoe abt 1969...but lets see wht happens to this..dnt worry if it doesnt get passed anna hazare will again sit for fast..it will get passed i think..still i think that bill cant stop the corruption ...miniters can give bribe to body which is handling corruption

    Ranjit Kaur 9:57am Apr 9
    so many times it introduced but never passed.
    View All Comments
    Original Post

    Daar Ji 9:19am Apr 9
    It is sad to see that soooooo many ppl do not even have an opinion....This perhaps a one real person and one real chance that we have to try and make a difference....WAKE UP Guys....It is yr future Anna Hazare is fighting for..

    ReplyDelete
  2. Daar Ji 11:18am Apr 9
    Robert....motivation is imp...unfortunately the youth interest factor is short lives...

    Robert Emery 11:15am Apr 9
    u r right i have noticed that generally there are 80% followers in most things so when we are compelled about things it is SO important to ACT!

    Daar Ji 11:05am Apr 9
    Sorry ...I did not reply earlier ....Govt had evaded a definitive notification....And Anna Hazare broke the fast after he had the notification in hand.....Now Jan Lok Pal bill will come Beta!!! But the atmosphere is msalignant with corrupt ppl.....Each and every person has to vow to be a watchdog...It ia big step...But a long journey

    Gurvir Singh Bajwa 10:22am Apr 9
    sir ji oh ik hero hai apni state de vich usne kayi mukhmantria nu dhool chakayi hai..us ne ik pind vi vasya hai apni state vich jithe solar system naal bijli paida kiti jandi haijis ne vi maharashtra vich anna hazare naal takkar layi oh satta chon bahar ho gya jiven ki shive sena de aggu manohar joshi,vilasraodeshmukh,narain rane,shushuil kumar shinde,ashok chawan sahaml han..oh pawar de vi khilaf hai

    Brijinder Loomba 10:03am Apr 9
    What about Anna attitude in his own home state about shiv sena hooliganism and hindu terorism he has not uttered a word about it, is he for hindu rastra or true India ,he is unclear. He is silent about sikh genocide

    ReplyDelete
  3. DAAR JI, POOJYANEEYA GOVIND SINGH JI BHI SAMAJ SE HAARE THE, MUGLON SE NAHI, AUR TABHI UNHONE EK BARABARI KE SIDDHANT KO JANAM DIYA "SIKKH PANTH" AUR AB EK HI RASTA HAI KI HAM SAB LOG SIKKH HI BAN JAYE TAB HI IN TAKTON SE LAR PAYENGE, NAHI TO ISHWAR HI MALIK HAI SAMAJ AUR DESH KA
    3 hours ago · Like

    Hum sab ko ek Khalis insaan bab na hoga...Guru gobind singh ji ke Khalsa ko apne apko re invent karna hoga.....His teaching was simple...Equality for people.

    ReplyDelete
  4. 1. Who is Anna Hazare?
    An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War
    2. What’s so special about him? He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra
    3. So what? This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in …the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Bikram Singh....His efforts were so successful,that in one year,the water table rose by 12 ft,and water from then on was available to the village on a perennial basis.He then convinced the villagers to adopt-Nasha Bandhi,Nas Bandhi,Chara Bandhi(they were to cut the grass and feed it to the cattle,instead of letting them roam at will and denude the hillsides of precious grass),100% literacy,no caste discrimination and care for the girl child!Water made Ralegaon Siddhi self sufficient in grain,fruits(they started selling Mangoes, Chikoos, Bananas,Papayas etc),and in his words,the GDP of each villager to Rs 3000/.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Bikram Singh ...‎Daarji Returns ...learning creativity from you sir ji ....dats y i always used to say ,we dont need only good managment alone ,neither gursikh ,but good MBA gursikh youth ,that can really make a difference ..

    ReplyDelete