H C Singh

UPA II- No JPC, After Dismissal of Raja, Dismissal of Thomas

It was to defend the then Telecom Minister A Raja who was and has been proved, as he is already in jail, that he was corruption personified. UPA II resisted the appointment of JPC in 2G for such a long that entire winter session of Parliament was lost. UPA II and in particular Congress was more concerned to save A Raja and not to displease Karunanidhi’s DMK, so that alliance with DMK remains intact, than to save the winter session of Parliament and avoid wastage of hundreds of crores of rupees and loss of their own prestige in the eyes of public and media. When A Raja’s corruption was exposed fully by our vigilant media Karunanidhi, not so much to save UPA II but to save his own and DMK’s prestige, agreed to dismissal of Raja. Accordingly, no JPC at any cost came to end UPA II prestige, as well as PM’s who had defended Raja, came down.

UPA II, opposition BJP and Communist and the entire nation heaved a sign of relief as Budget session of Parliament was not to be boycotted but would function as usual. In no time JCP was formed and shortly it started functioning without any hitech. Thanks, ultimately to both UPA II and opposition parties for saving the prestige of Parliament as well as of the greatest democracy of the world- our India.

Just as UPA resisted, for no valid reason dismissal of corrupt spectrum Raja, is has ignored Sushma Swaraj, leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha, pointing out criminal charges against A Thomas in the case of import of Palmoline oil. UPA II just noted her abjection to appointment of Thomas, a tainted politician of Kerala as Chief vigilance officer CVC of government of India. It is stated that appointment of Thomas as CVC was insisted by Home minister Chidambram. Manmohan Singh, being the weakest PM, as pointed out by BJP chief Advani, bowed down. It is also said that A Thomas was appointed CVC mainly to save most corrupt minister in UPA government, A Raja.

As is well known, CVC is custodian and guardian of vigilance against unfair practices and corruption all over India, whether it is by ministers, civil servants politicians. Despite resistance by UPA II, appointment of a tainted Politian with criminal record in Kerala, where he was minister long back matter was referred to the Supreme Court of India, which delivered its long awaited judgment on 3rd march 2011, which is a landmark in India’s judicial and political history, recommending dismissal of A Thomas CVC. Honourable Supreme Court made detailed recommendations which questioned his very appointment as CVC. S.C indicted the government for appointing a person against whom criminal charge is pending. It directed the government to take prompt action against CVC Thomas, adding personal integrity is secondary to institutional integrity, especially “when the institution is anti- corruption watchdog.” SC verdict brought shame to the national government of India (UPA II). It was also a big blow to PM Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambran. Thus within an hour or two, to save honour, government dismissed Thomas. Such a verdict by Honourable Supreme Court is rarest possible and equally rare is such a prompt action by government, on the direction SC.

Still worse indictment of government is on the black money in thousands of crores amassed by to Hassan Ali and kept in foreign banks. It is not known whether SC of India has ever used such strong words; “what the hell is going on in this country”. Commenting on the delay of lethargic investigation against Hassan Ali the Honourable Supreme Court indicted the investigation agency: “we are deeply disturbed by the ongoing investigation. This is not a normal investigation. Is it like a friendly chat.”

It is hoped that Sonia Gandhi- Manmohan Singh government will follow the directions of SC and will never shield corrupt ministers like A Raja, appoint criminals like Thomas as CVC and defend or look to other side in cases like that of Hassan Ali who have deposited thousands of crores of India’s money in foreign banks, instead, promptly chargesheet them and punish them.

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unprincipled Politics And Corruption

 Present day Congress and its allies making up the UPA are perhaps the most unprincipled politicians. UPA strives to remain in power with the help and association of its erstwhile enemies like Mayawati, UP Chief Minister; Shibu Soren, Jharkhand Chief Minister; Mulayam Singh Yadav, former CM of Uttar Pradesh; Lalu Prasad Yadav, former CM of Bihar; and Mamata Banerjee of Trinamul Congress to name the few who have been changing sides, joining or supporting one political party or the other as it suited them.

Latest instance is the coming of Cut Motion in Parliament and voting over it. Had the Cut Motion voting gone against UPA, the government would have been overthrown. Feeling this possibility Pranab Mukherjee approached Mayawati for support to UPA government as and when Cut Motion came for voting. It is the same Mayawati who had been criticised in and out of Parliament for wasting public money in hundreds of crore rupees on erection of statues including her own. As there was likely to be a probe by Income Tax and CBI authorities on Mayawati’s unaccounted wealth running into hundreds of crores, she readily agreed and came to Delhi to get the support of all her party’s MPs for UPA government. Before the voting, Mayawati went on record telling the public and press that she had been rendering ‘outside support to Congress for the last ten years’. It was clear to even the blind that quid pro quo for the support in Parliament was closure of CBI cases against her. This amply demonstrates the depths to which public morality has fallen all around and how a politician can escape CBI and Income Tax probe for amassing hundreds of crores and also misuse of public money for personal or party’s gains.

Both Yadavs have succeeded in getting caste being included in the current census which is negation of 1950 Constitution which sought to abolish caste system. Mulayam Singh Yadav, too, was vociferous but did not vote against UPA government. There are many cases of unbecoming compromise by Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh government for their survival. How long such undemocratic ways of getting such support will continue to tarnish the image of Indian democracy ?

Unless political corruption, if not completely eliminated, becomes much less, there can not be real progress in India and for it’s about 30 to 40 percent below poverty line citizens How can corruption end ? Politicians and political parties must determine not to favour corrupt and give them tickets for election as MPs or MLAs even for Councillors of Corporations. Unless politicians and bureaucrats are absolutely honest and clean in their dealings and do not accept lakhs and crores in bribes – corruption shall remain. In other democracies like that of USA and Europe there is negligent corruption and if it comes to light, the corrupt are instantly punished. Indian politicians and political parties should emulate their democracies and be honest and clean in their deeds.

The other factor that vitiates Indian politics and virtually all political parties is vote-bank politics. None of the major political parties of India are free from the stigma of vote-bank politics. Both Congress and Left parties have encouraged Muslim communalism to get their votes. Both the Yadavs have now demanded reservation for Muslims so that they get Muslim votes. They forget that after independence some Muslim Leaders of India, after partition, demanded reservation for Muslims. But Sardar Patel almost lost temper and told that those Muslims want reservation can go to Pakistan. For the sake of votes, they encourage communalism and partisanship and even those who have separatist tendencies. It is well known that Congress has been pampering Muslim votes and so is the case with leftist parties. While BJP has been pampering Hindu and Sikh communities to get their votes in areas where they are dominant.

It is suggested that an all party organisation be formed to save India, it’s democracy and its poor from the devastating effects of these two evils in Indian society and politics as outlined above. If they are honest some common solution can be found and honesty and transparency in political and bureaucratic circles can be ensured. Then alone India will be really great during next 20 years or so even ahead of USA and China and pride of all Indians as the biggest democracy and soon the biggest economy. Already in Information Technology India is virtually at the top. Wipro, Info Systems and HCL are the three world famous Indian Tech Firms with which foreign Tech Firms are keen to have greater collaboration. There are already thousands of Indian IIM & IIT educated teachers in USA other countries of the west who are pride of India.

July 2, 2010 Posted by | Corruption, India, Muslims, Political Commentary | , , , , , | Leave a comment