Wednesday, August 15, 2012

India Corruption

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has assured the nation that steps will be taken to reduce corruption and ensure transparency in governance. Today is India's independence day.

No one will suspect his intentions. Ability is a matter of time to see. It was Indira Gandhi who made the most disastrous statement for India on corruption. When prodded on this point she retorted that corruption is a global phenomenon. And that was it. So far there has been no looking back. If the person at the most powerful position makes a statement like that than it has a lot of meaning and many repercussions. It is acceptance of inability to do the needful. A sad thing in itself but what is more that this inability was admitted. It does make some difference when you feel that you are incapable of doing something and when you admit that. The damage was done. If this problem is solved in future then the person behind that will be of more impressive capabilities than Indira Gandhi, not less. We have not seen such people around for some time. Dr Singh is a giant in his own right but we all know that he is the wrong person in the right chair or the right person in the wrong chair - whichever way you look at it. The net sum is that on the face of it the things look as if we do not have the right cocktail to solve the corruption problem. We have a willing PM but unwilling environment.

Ye zulm bhi dekha hai tareekh ki nazron ne
Lamhon ke khata ki thi sadiyon ne saza payi

History is witness to this atrocity too
Moments erred, centuries suffered