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An Open Letter to UN Secretary General (August 14, 2011)

An Open Letter to UN Secretary General (August 14, 2011)

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An Open Letter to UN Secretary General (August 14, 2011)
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 AnOpenLettertoUNSecretaryGeneralBanKi-moonontheFightAgainstCorruptioninIndia
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InSupportofImplementingtheUNConventionAgainstCorruptioninIndia
NewYork,NYAugust15,2011DearSecretaryGeneralBanKi-moon,IamwritingthistoyouasahumbleteacherandasanAmericancitizen(ofIndianorigin)whoiswitnessinggrossviolationofbasichumanrightsbythepresentGovernmentofIndiawhichhasbeenovertlyinvolvedindestroyingeffortsbyuprightandincorruptibleindividualsinIndiawhowanttobringintoeffectstrongandeffectiveanti-corruptionlegislationinIndiawhichcloselymatchesthespiritandisinlinewiththeUNConventionAgainstCorruption.ItiscommonlyknownthanIndiaisbesetwithcorruption(politicalandbureaucraticatalllevels)andthishasbeentheprimarydriverofwide-scalepovertyinthatcountry.Thecorruptpoliticians,severalofwhohavebeenmembersofthepresentcabinetdonotwantthepassageofaneffectivelaw.WerecorruptionbereducedinIndiathrougheffectivelegalmechanisms,thepoorcanbenefitfrombetterallocationofresourcesandliveinfreedomfromfearofthecorruptandrealizetheirnaturalpotential.ItisastonishingthatwhileIndiacallsitselfasthelargestdemocracyintheworld,severalofitsparliamentarianshavedisturbingcriminalrecords,includingaccusationsofmurder.TheintentofthisIndiangovernmentisclearfromitsrecentproposalthatwhistleblowersbeincarceratedfor2yearsforunprovencomplaints,whilecorruptofficialsandpoliticians(uponbeingprovencorrupt)mayonlybeincarceratedfor6monthsatthemost.This,amongstotherthingsproposedbythisgovernmentisindirectcontradictionoftheUNConventionAgainstCorruption.CorruptioninIndiaismateriallydetrimentaltoUN’sobjectives(andespeciallytotheVisionfortheUNthatyouhavearticulated)becauseitworksagainstMillenniumDevelopmentGoalsoftheUN,increasespoverty,sapsinclusivegrowth,misallocateslimitedresources,increasessocialinequalities,sowsseedsofsocialchaosanddetersthepoor(especiallywomenandchildren)fromachievingbasicsubsistence–thegovernmentofIndiaprofoundlyencouragescorruptiontothedetrimentofthecommonIndiancitizen.

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