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Corruption in India – Considered Worst in Entire World

It is well known that corruption during UP II regime, particularly during 2010 exceeded all limits and is worst ever-CWG’s Suresh Kalmadi and his associates, 2G’s A Raja and his collaborators. The CVC’s Thomas though tainted but adamant, Hassan Ali for money laundering along with his henchmen. As their corrupt practices were shielded by government of India for months and even years, it has brought bad name to India. A well known foreign magazine Economist of UK referred to India as “Rotten state” that too in headline of an article on India’s corruption what can be worse than this headline?

Former Communication Minister of India was found to be corrupt a year back and even six months ago, he was asked to resign but bring congress associate DMK’s nominee Karunanidhi did not agree for months. Ultimately when demand for JPC against A Raja having been resisted and entire winter session of Parliament lost, UPA II releasing that Budget session of Parliament may meet the fate of winter session, conceded to the demand of opposition and agreed to JPC. Soon A Raja of 2G was found guilty after interrogation and convicted and sent to jail. As A Raja’s aide and a key suspect in Spectrum case, Sadiq Batcha after interrogation by CBI found him guilty, to avoid jail and humiliation he committed Suicide by hanging in his home. A Raja through sale of licences almost at 10 year old prices has caused loss of more than “40 billion dollars” to the exchequer and people of India. The huge unprecedented graft is equivalent to lakhs of crores of rupees, most of it lying in foreign banks.

As the government of India was unable or ineffective to curb graft and corruption, Supreme Court of India came to the rescue of government and people of India. Government was not willing to dismiss Thomas CVC, who was adamant despite government’s advice to resign, SC ordered his dismissal. Thomas who had criminal case against him in Kerala still pending, said that there are more than 28% sitting Lok Sabha Members who had criminal charges or inquiries against them. SC even pointed finger on Sibal, the new Telecom Minister who tried to defend A Raja by saying that there was no loss to exchequer caused by A Raja. SC took serious note of money laundering by Hassan Ali and of black money kept by him in foreign banks : “ Some say that 450 billion dollars of illgotten gains or unearned savings are sitting in foreign banks” as outlined by Economist. Finally on 7th March 2011 SC charged Hassan Ali of depositing 8 billion dollars equivalent in Swiss banks, thus leading to immediate action against him.

Why and how corruption in India has increased in last decade particularly? There are hundreds of corruption and vigilance cases investigated by the government and its vigilance agencies, the cases linger on for years going from one court to another and then, only few cases go to SC for decision. In contrast in Haridas Mandhra scandal, retired justice MC Chagla was appointed to investigate and he gave his verdict after thorough examination in 24 days only. The then Finance Secy Haribhai Patel was indicted . Justice Chagla also had T.T Krishnamachari the then Finance Minister responsible for not taking supervisory action. As a result T T K resigned from the cabinet. In contrast A Raja Telecom Minister took years to resign while Thomas CVC with criminal records refused to resign finally SC intervened to dismiss him. It must be said if there is corruption allegation and is confirmed the corrupt person, in China get punishment within few days. Ofcourse India, unlike China is a democracy it takes time to convict and punish but example of conviction within 24 days by justice Chagla is the best example of Indian democracy. Singapore a small country in South east Asia populated by Chinese and Indian is considered to be least corrupt country of the world.

Even Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is facing more than 900 cases (964 to be exact) for anomalies. On the basis of IPC by one candidate in UPSC Exam 2010, the SC ordered UPSC to reveal the marks of all the candidates who appeared in preliminary examination of 2010. As there is evidently something fishy, UPSC has not till 20th March 2011 revealed the list. There are other cases relating to UPSC officials for which petitions have been filed and it is admitted that more than 105 crore rupees was incurred by UPSC in defense in last 5 years.

India’s judiciary too, is tainted. Former CJ of Karnataka High court P D Dinakaran is facing 16 charges including corruption and land grabbing. Vice President of India appointed a committee to probe the cases against him and it is yet to submit its report. This is unfortunate.

Another revelation of corruption is the issue of fake pilot licences by bribing from 1 to 2 lakh rupees or besides corruption is nepotism. Out of seven, five close relatives of DGCA officials have got fake pilot licences. So for 6 pilots have been found with fake licences and they have been indicted. Now full investigation is going on including that of a fake flying school. Such a corruption endangers the lives of hundreds of travelers by India’s Airlines including Indian Airlines and Spice jet. One DGA official Pradeep kumar and three touts have been arrested and more might be arrested in due course.

Suicide by Sadiq Batcha a close associate of A Raja of notorious 2 G scam is because he knew too much about A Raja’s method and extent of corruption and the lakhs of crores kept in foreign banks. As his wife Reha Banu has said after the Suicide: “My husband could not cope with the embarrassment caused by 2 G spectrum scam” Batcha was going to be grilled by CBI again on the day he committed.

Now Tata, Anil Ambani and Radia have been summoned to appear for interrogation. Though Tata has so far denied any links with A Raja or his 2 G scam. Radia along with Tata and Anil Ambani are expected to reveal the extent of benefits they made because of their links with Radia .On 29th March 2011, CBI informed Supreme Court that A Raja along with Swan and Loop  would face charges of “ cheating, forgery and Corruption” CBI also undertook to file chargesheet on April 2.

As all this was not enough to tarnish the image of India and UPA II government and even the opposition party BJP, recent Wiki Leaks have fired two bombshells accusing Congress and BJP when it was in power in 2002.

To conclude vast amount of corruption, money laundering, lakhs of crores of rupees in foreign banks and incompetence of the government of India to tackle in time A Raja’s 2 G scam and failure to disclose the names available with government of those who have siphoned lakhs of crores in foreign banks can not be forgiven and can never be forgotten. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi’s government of UPA II has still almost three years to be serious in tackling corruption, now with the help of Supreme Court of India and let India be a nation that shines once again.

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rise and Decline of UPA-Some Comments

Congress, which is the majority party in UPA, started declining after Indira Gandhi imposed emergency in 1975. Prior to that Congress used to be in absolute majority in all elections from 1947 onwards. Before 1975 even BJP was almost nonexistent. It was Narsimha Rao who formed the first coalition government through purchase of MP’s like Paswan with more than Rs 50 lakh each. This led to rise of BJP as an alternate party and with Vajpayee as PM it ruled for a full term of 5 years.

After the defeat of BJP in 2004 and unexpected end of BJP government, Congress (I) came into power with the participation of a number of minor political parties like DMK. Sonia Gandhi became UPA head and Manmohan Singh a non-political economist became the Prime Minister of greatest democracy. During 2004 to 2009, UPA started to rise both in the minds of people and politically, so India became so important that other Countries, particularly USA, sought its friendship. What were the achievement of UPA I that it continued to rise during its first full term? Also what were the causes of its mistakes and blunders that it started declining during last two years from 2009 to 2010 and its continuous decline during 2011?

From 2004 to 2009 due to good government, there was progress in economic sphere as well as in external affairs. GDP which virtually remained static during Nehru era because Nehru followed so-called socialistic pattern and virtually banned private enterprises. GDP under UPA I started rising and rose steadily under Narsimha Rao who had inducted Dr Manmohan Singh an economist from World Bank as Finance Minister who introduced mixed economy encouraging private enterprise. Under UPA I with Manmohan Singh as PM GDP had gone up to 8 to 10 percent. Similarly under UPA I India strengthened relations with USA and other so called capitalist countries. Now India was shining as never before.

Because of corruption as symbolized by A Raja, communication minister who made the country suffer a loss of Rs 1,70,000 crores, corruption spread widely in Central Government and State Government all over India and even in Judiciary like an infectious disease. It went on infecting districts and even panchayats became central government, knowingly that A Raja was corruption personified, government at centre did not act or do anything to control it because of political reasons. DMK chief and Chief Minister of Tamilnadu would not like to hear a word against its nominee, minister A Raja and remained adamant on this point for more than 3 months till corrupt practices of A Raja came to light because of disclosure of Nira Radia tapes. Why so? Because UPA II feared fall of its government if DMK withdraw its support even though AIADMK chief came to Delhi and addressed media that if DMK leaves, AIADMK with its support and some MP’s support will not let the UPA II government fall.

Till A Raja was ultimately forced to resign by DMK, government, PM in particular, had continued to support A Raja. Till then Congress and UPA its chief and PM were humiliated as never before when Radia tapes and dozens of her telephones disclosed names of senior politicians, bureaucrats and even journalists, guilty of corruption.

In addition to corruption of A Raja, UPA II suffered a setback because of corruption and mismanagement in CWG particularly by its OC Kalmadi, who is a congress MP. Even after six months or more he has not been convicted though his two juniors were taken into custody and later released.

Corruption in construction and allotment of flats in Adarsh Building, which was originally meant for martyrs of Kargil War but was allowed to be allotted to ministers, bureaucrats and Senior Defense personal. Though Maharashtra C.M. was forced to resign but no conviction has taken place for so many tainted eminent persons as most of them are part of congress government of Maharashtra as that would further tarnish reputation of congress and UPA II. Kapil Sibal has tried to dilute 2G scam but S.C. has asked new telecom minister Sibal to deal with telecom spectrum “with some sense of responsibility”

On the direction of Central Government, C.M. of Jammu and Kashmir did not allow hoisting of India’s national flag ‘Tiranga’ by BJP activists in Lalchowk. It would be recalled that in 1952 Tricolor was hoisted in the same Lalchowk of Srinagar by PM Nehru and Omar’s Abdulla grandfather Sheik Abdullah. Not only that both the eminent leaders of BJP Sushma Swaraj, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha were first deported to Punjab, outside J&K and then arrested. However they succeeded in hoisting the Tiranga in Jammu. It would have been better for central government and BJP to negotiate to find a peaceful solution to hoisting of National flag. As Sushma Swaraj said, it is the first time, after emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, when all the opposition leaders were under arrest, the opposition leaders were arrested by Sonia Gandhi- Manmohan Singh congress government of UPA II.

There does not seem any end to decline of UPA II. There are strictures by Supreme Court on the appointment of tainted P J Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). Sushma Swaraj had objected to his appointment because he was facing criminal charges. But her objection was ignored by Manmohan Singh, the PM. Despite SC stricture on Thomas and government. Thomas is not willing to quit to save government from further embarrassment.

Latest charge against UPA II is that it is not disclosing the names of those who had looted India rather Indian poor, of about 500 billion dollars i.e. more than Rs 22 lakh crore in Swiss and German Banks. How long UPA II will keep mum and conceal their names as most of them are politicians and big businessmen, obviously many congress big guns and business giants associated with congress and UPA II? Why, because UPA II fears that all the matters relating to corruption, opposition to holding JPC, Radia tapes, appointment of tainted Thomas as CVC, Adarsh scam and determination of BJP for JPC may lead to fall of UPA II and mid-term elections?

 

February 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Common Wealth Games- Problems and Corruption

India is hosting CW games in October 2010. Preparations have been going on for more than a year. Organization Committees Chairman Suresh Kalmadi has been in picture for last three months. For quite some time Kalmadi refused to comment on corruption in his organization of which he was Chairman. He also refused to appear on T.V but when recently he appeared in T.V he tried his level best to deny any charges of corruption though three members of OC had been forced to resign indirectly accepting their guilt , his close aides T.S. Darbari and Sanjay Mohindroo and another.

Most disturbing was Kalmadi’s persistent denial of any knowledge about payments made to a London based company AM Films. Now the proof of this dubious payment made to this firm has come to light as the file is signed by him. This proves beyond doubt that Suresh Kalmadi authorized the payment to A M Films though earlier he had asserted a number of times that as Chairman of Common Wealth Games organizing committee he took “no financial decisions.”

Kalmadi had asserted that Indian High Commission in London had recommended payment to A M car and van, sister organization of A M Films. But infact payment was made much earlier in August 2009 for a fleet of cars and signed by Kalmadi’s close aides Darbari and Mohindroo. Facts about unauthorized payments are slowly coming to light with the help of Media. Accordingly opposition is demanding clarification about so called loot deception and corruption in OC and its Chairman. There is resentment or displeasure by Queen British government for reported delay in completion of a member of projects relating to CW Games and often reported in Indian media about corruption particularly in relation to Indian’s owned London firm A M Films. Indian High Commission in London is also perturbed.

Recently there has been in Parliament, by the entire opposition of Left and Right political parties. BJP, in particular, demanded probe to find out the main causes of corruption and the persons responsible and involved in it. When minister of sports M.S. Gill, said that the BJP could file RTI to get complete details, these remarks of Gill provoked BJP and all its MPs stormed out, because Gill refused to explain or skirted about the delays in completion of work which was also shoddy and also about corruption. Though Gill in his speech in Parliament agreed to a thorough enquiry in all the allegations but only after the CW Games were over. This made the opposition restless and even some congress ministers and members felt let down by Gills explanation. Gill also said that the Enforcement Directorate had been asked to probe charges against Organization committee of CW Games headed by Suresh Kalmadi, in view of doubts raised by Deputy High Commission of India in London. Gill claimed that sacking of T.S Darbari, a close aide of Kalmadi, was at his instance. Shri Akhilesh Yadav, an MP even want so far as to say that so called thorugh probe, about corruption and shoddy work, after the Games, will meet the same fate as Bhopal tragedy probe. It has been reported, and has been shocking, that because of filth and water lagging due to digging in many areas for Common Wealth Games projects, the area has become breeding ground for mosquitoes and is the main cause of spread of Dengu fever which has already claimed a number of lives. 19 new cases of Dengu had been reported by doctors on Wednesday August 11,  2010.Opposition parties in Parliament both of Left and Right want immediate action against the OC members and others including its Chairman Kalmadi and other guilty to be at least removed and replaced immediately though they may be punished after the Games. But the UPA II and the Sports Minister MS Gill, in particular, do not agree, as it will tarnish the image of ruling UPA, the congress in particular.

It is only after about three months that Prime Minister, on 14th August 1947, woke up to say that there will be thorough probe and promised severe and exemplary punishment to those guilty of corruption in

Suresh kalmadi led organizing committee of Commonwealth Games organization. Prime Minister reiterated this pledge in his speech on August 15 at Red Fort, It is now hoped that effective steps will be taken to complete in all spheres the structures required for Commonwealth games in time to bring honour to India.

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment