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Editorial Note Sep. 2010

Editorial Note Sep. 2010

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Published by: Sanjeev Kumar Sharma on Jan 29, 2011
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Editorial Note
 Dear friends,These are the days of scams in India. Everyday the large number of so-called newschannels and print media come with screaming stories of financial irregularities, loot of publicmoney, diversion of funds of specific development schemes for political gains, corruption indifferent quarters of public life, appointment of people with doubtful integrity on places andposition of high repute and so on. Every time, we hear of a scam, we are told that X must resignor Y must quit or Z may be quitting. We have seen some political scapegoats, some victims of the administrative accidents and some inquiries being setup. Now, we have been the stalemate inthe parliament continuing with war of words between the ruling and opposition benches and the join cries for joint parliamentary committee to look into one scam that appears to be greater thanthe one about which we were talking a month or two ago. We are not sure whether we will or notsee reports of another bigger scam in coming days and what kind of inquiry will the oppositiondemand and what will be told to us as the reason for not listening to the opposition by the rulingdispensation. We do not know what has happened to the large number of inquiry commissionconstituted by the earlier governments which were entrusted upon the duty to bring before thecountry the culprits of the scam A to Z. All we have known is that most of these commissions aregiven a time and tenure bound programme which usually gets extended endlessly. We know thathuge amount of public money is again spent on the establishment and working of thesecommissions which give us only the assurance to find out the real ones behind the misuse of public money. So in some cases, as they say, reports are submitted to the ruling authority aftertiring extensions. In the meanwhile some of the key witnesses pass away, some of the officialsretire, some of the politicians change the party, some of the bureaucrats get promoted, some of the culprits migrate to other countries and some of the evidences are reported missing. And toput salt to the wound, the reports, thus submitted, are not presented before the parliament and arehence not made public is the so-called public interest. Then what is the fun is having theseinquiry commissions at all. This artificial face saving of the political class must come to an endas we all know that largely nobody has been prosecuted in any of these scams from the politicalclass or the bureaucracy till date. There are, of course, some cases of prosecution at lower levelsbut they get relief from the upper courts and the cases ultimately prove to be untenable eitherbecause of paucity of supportive evidence or lack of application of legal procedures at one or theother level. In this scenario the conviction rates are very low and the acquittal rates are very high.Then, what should be the alternative course of action for a vibrant and resilient and thelargest democracy of the world that we proudly are? But before addressing this question let mefirst take you to other dimensions of the larger issue of corruption in public life in India. Aftergetting from two of our erstwhile prime ministers as ‘corruption is an international phenomenon’and the ‘fifteen paisa only reaching the beneficiary at grass-root level out of one rupee sent fromthe central’- theory, we as a nation have started believing that corruption is the part and parcel of our public life. Corruption in cur day to day affairs does not disturb us at all. We do not getirritated when we have to deal with brokers at transport officer for getting driving license orregistration of a motor-vehicle, or at income tax office, or transport office, or at municipal office,or at hydel office, or at any other public office. We do not find anything wrong in playing bribeto a ticket inspector in a train to get a seat in reserved coaches; we do not have any shame in

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Rajpal Bhullar added this note
Respected Sir, I am 100% agree with you. Our country is not only facing a problem of population, poverty, illiteracy, etc. but also the problem of character building. Character Building is bigger problem. But, the moot question is from where we start and who will take this responsibility; weather public, teacher or leader or bureaucrats . I think leader should lead, because they are leader.
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