A few days ago, an old man, said to be a Gandhian, started a fast unto death in India, demanding corrective measures against corruption. He is Mr. Anna Hazare.
Anyone coming out againsts corruption is welcome.. but it should be meaningful.... he should have acted according to his conscience.
In Anna's case, he started the fast just a few days before elections to state assemblies in Tamilnadu, Pondycherri, Kerala, W.Bengal, and Assam. It itself undermined his objectivity in his engagement. Did he not know that corruption prevailed before starting his fast? Is corruption new to India? Which party is pure? Which person is pure? Even Mr.Gandhi did not respect his wife and abused her unbearably by beating her for not cleaning the lavatory of others in S.Africa...
Mr.Anna Hazare seems to be motivated by BJP, a Hindu religious fanatic party. Their tactic is to create some unrelated trouble during unrelated problem periods.
Corruptions prevailed even when the Europeans landed in South India. In Pondicherry, at the centre of the city, there is statue of former French Governor, Dupley who was accused of amassing huge fortunes during his rule. He was later recalled to France.
In independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru was accused in Jayanthi Shipping Corporation scam, which obtained crores or Rupees as loan, without purchasing even a boat. Indira Gandhi was accused in many cases, including Nagarwala case. Rajiv Gandhi was accused in Bofors case. Now, the Bofors booty earned by Rajiv is said to be in the name of Rahul Gandhi in Swiss banks. That is why the ruling party seems to be hesitating to look into the "black money" deposited in foreign banks.
In these circumstances, it is not good for "Gandhians" to engage in fasting and mislead the youth.
My opinion is: Corruption is only in the Government and people in the govt. only can be corrupt. So, corruption can be eradicated only by people in the government. If govt. enact severe penal laws for corruption like lashing in public, death penalty, etc, corruption will vanish in a day.
I think corruption is all over the place and not just in our gov'ts but yes - it would be nice to see a gov't official caught in act of corruption - lose his office and 'benefits' but getting any person in the gov't to bring such a request to the table to be enacted, well - thats a different story entirely.
By enacting a mock hunger strike, Mr.Anna Hasare has got a good job.. though it is worthless.. member of an anti-corruption panel. He has enough money as per his property details and he just needed some job in the government..
People like him make a hue and cry just to highlight their presence and when they achieve it, they just vanish in the winds. Then how can corruption be eradicated?
During emergency in 1975-77, people caught in corruption were ruthlessly dismissed and sent to jail. No one had the courage to even spell the word corruption. Another emergency is needed for India.
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