Disclaimer: I don’t believe that Jan Lokpal is the end of corruption. But I believe in Anti-corruption movement.
This blog post’s idea started from reading Mr.Nanadan Nilekani’s (NN) interview with FirstPost Political. I agree with most of NN’s points including what he said about “10 or 15 needy things”. Still I have to express my view on the anti-corruption movement and disagree with him. (Yes I know he is not Anti-Anti-Corruption.)
My opinion is, who says there is nothing good happening in India. There are a lot. But the bad things here are over-seeding good things. Now NN is dissenting with Anna. Same way Anna and other civilians have their right to dissent with the Government version.
A practical way of explanation is, If you put Sandalwood and Garlic together in a box, in due course of time, Sandal wood will start smelling like garlic. What Anna and other civilians are asking is to keep the garlic apart!
May be all politicians are not corrupted. But there is a saying in malayalam which says- “An innocent man will do the same effect of a villain!” (sorry for that poor translation. in malayalam we say ‘shudhan dushtante phalam cheyyum”). If there are so many good politicians there, why dont they urge to implement some strong anti-corruption laws? Civilians are taking over Parliament when Parliament becomes just a spectator of all the anarchies going on in the country.
And no way one can justify what ever the UPA government have done to a 74 year old Ex-Army man who played a vital role in building up a self reliant, an “All Inclusive” village from thin air. A person who played vital role in making one of the strongest existing law- Right to Information. This UPA government became the joker of the millennium by giving a warrant based on CRPCs and making a precautionary detention on a civilian leader (note- not political). There is no movement in Indian history where a fight has gone for more than two days without mass violence. For the first time, Anna’s movement set an example by conducting a protest without breaking a single public property (neither private). [But personally I feel people will become impatient and do something wrong. And the government is waiting for that. So that they can say the protest is violent and so ban this movement.]
As Arun Jaitley rightly said, government/Prime minister has to develop a will power to do something to those who send all the parliamentarians on duty – The people (you can read “The donkeys” instead. I wont misunderstand you).
I don’t know if it is only in India, when ever a law is passed in the houses, there will be more ways to escape than to be caught for wrong doings! I hope at least the so called “Jan Lokpal” will have lesser holes or smaller holes!
(PS: Nandan Sir, If I apply for a job in your office, please don’t discard my application for this comment!!)