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Political mudslinging

20 Apr. 2014 11:04 PM IST

With the opposition Congress  hurling accusations of rampant corruption and alleged mis-governance against the ruling DAN coalition government, on its eleventh year of a third consecutive term and the latter issuing denials and more denials and at times rifling archives to hit back; the ball is being tossed from one court to the other. It appears, that no political party wants to own responsibility for the unwanted child borne out of corruption. There is a saying, that it takes two to make one and here, it may be pointed out, that corruption is the end result of exploitation of a system through a nexus between corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. While both the opposition parties and ruling coalition fire volleys and counter-volleys; there has been no attention drawn on the system. The system is run by bureaucrats who continue for as long as thirty years, while politicians enjoy power for five years. Former Chief Vigilance Commissioner N.Vittal, in an interview, largely held the Indian bureaucracy responsible for perpetrating corruption in the country. It is a fact that corrupt politicians could be thrown out in elections but corrupt bureaucrats, who have perfected the art of exploiting the system, can remain in service till they retire. Corrupt governments in India have either been punished, tolerated or rewarded through the ballot box. Here the need for electoral reforms sounds loud and clear. On the other hand, the lobby of corrupt bureaucrats lies virtually untouched; like a computer virus deeply embedded in the system, which all know is infected but cannot be repaired. No matter who wins the elections, it’s always win-win for the corrupt bureaucrats who are sought after by their new political masters, to make money in real quick time. Corrupt(these days understood as efficient) bureaucrats do the paper work and move files to favour the wishes of their political masters. This is the story of big ticket corruption in India, in state after state, driven by the double-faced system. It is sad but true, that corrupt officers and bureaucrats in Nagaland, are believed to be among the richest government servants in the country. The gene of corruption is dishonesty, which is given the biggest push when people sell their votes or choose those who can get things done through every means. Officers and bureaucrats who are not corrupt are disliked and shunted out to the least ‘prospective departments’, transferred out or humiliated.  When the opposition attacks the government and the latter denies or even justifies; it is like the kettle calling the pot black. Since there is no government authority that can effectively prevent corruption; the only remedy is to constitute the state lok ayukta or public ombudsman. The specious argument that a lok ayukta bill goes against the grain of customary laws and tradition is utter nonsense. If that be so then even the IPC should be deemed as contradicting the much touted Article 371(A) and how it has been wilfully misinterpreted for vested interests. Except for one or two thousand privileged people, the rest of the 19 lakh people want to halt corruption in its tracks, which a lok ayukta can do. If politicians are serious about tackling corruption, they now need to take a call.

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