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The Struggle is still on

Posted: June 12, 2011 in politics, society

Corruption has become almost synonymous with politics. There is hardly any government in any Indian state that’s free of this curse. After decades of struggles and protests Republic of India was born, a new nation that suppose to rise above every vice and stand tall as a country. Nevertheless, time proved that there is no dearth to the  greedy rulers amongst Indians either. Year after year, the list of corrupt politicians only continue to grow with bigger amounts to outdo the previous a** *****.

Of course you just cant let go this insanity to screw up this country of ours.  Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare with many other big names like Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi and social reformist Swami Agnivesh are doing whats possible to restore some order. There is a struggle shaping up to enact a comprehensive law like the Jan Lokpal Bill to tackle the menace.

Hazare lamented that the views of eminent persons like Justice (Retd) Santosh Hegde, advocate Prashant Bhushan and Agnivesh were not considered important by the government and a minister like Sharad Pawar, who is known for possessing large amounts of land in Maharashtra, is heading a committee that will draft the bill.

Bedi said just like the nation united during the cricket world cup to boost India to victory, people, activists and media have to create a non-stop movement till the Jan Lokpal Bill is adopted by the parliament. Since the fast started on Tuesday, people from all walks of life including students, senior citizens, actors, executives and activists are converging at the Jantar Mantar, the hotspot of protests in the capital, to lend support to the movement.

However, some politicians like Ajit Singh, Uma Bharti and O P Chautala who wanted to make common cause with the social activist and share the dais with him were shouted out by his supporters and had to make a hasty retreat. Hazare said the indefinite hunger strike does not have a political tone.

Obama Vs Osama

Posted: May 7, 2011 in politics, society

Ever since the 9/11 shocked the US and the rest of the world, the name of Osama bin laden was as notorious as the name of US president’s is popular. US have been doing everything to hunt this man down since then. Osama being the prime culprit behind the mayhem, finding him was huge military priority. Osama bin Laden put Islamist ‘holy’ war on the global agenda and became a household name after the Saudi-born zealot masterminded the deadliest terror attacks in history before the world’s most wanted terrorist was finally brought down in the largest and longest manhunt ever.

“The world is safer. It is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden,” declared President Barack Obama, hours after U.S. forces killed the al-Qaida leader.

However, the question remains is, is it all over? Does world minus this man mean end to terrorism? Anyway, death of Osama means a big relief for Obama led US.

End-o-sulfan

Posted: April 29, 2011 in politics, society

Just a few months back the killer pesticide Endosulfan wasn’t even in the news. We had hardly heard such a word. Of course, how could we, if we aren’t the makers or users or last but not least the affected. People, especially the poor farmers have been falling prey to the ill effects of this deadly substance for years together. No questions asked, no picketing, no fasting, no hartal, no news, the dead were buried and the alive lived half dead life.

This time, it’s the LDF calling for a Kerala bandh to protest against the Centre’s stand on the killer pesticide. The protest coincided with the last day of the current round of meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in Geneva, where the question of global ban on endosulfan has figured prominently.

Be it a political tactic or a superficial trick to call for vote or to show the opposing government in bad light, whatever maybe the reason, as for this, if the end is good, all is good. Banning this pesticide would mean life and hope to generations to come.

Backward progress of India

Posted: December 2, 2010 in politics

India’s economic history can be broadly divided into three eras, beginning with the pre-colonial period lasting up to the 18th century. The advent of British colonisation started the colonial period in the early 19th century, which ended with independence in 1947. The third period stretches from independence in 1947 until now.

 

Corruption has been one of the pervasive problems affecting India. The economic reforms of 1991 reduced the red tape, bureaucracy and the Licence Raj that had strangled private enterprise and was blamed by Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari for the corruption and inefficiencies. Yet, a 2005 study by Transparency International (TI) India found that more than half of those surveyed had firsthand experience of paying bribe or peddling influence to get a job done in a public office.

 

India has a number of anti-corruption watchdogs, including Central Vigilance Commission, Comptroller and Auditor-General of India, the CBI, anti-corruption agencies, Intelligence Bureau, Economic Intelligence Bureau, Serious Fraud Office, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Reserve Bank of India, Defence Intelligence Agency and National Security Board besides Parliamentary Standing Committees and a ridiculously excessive number of regulators in addition to State-level agencies.

 

Here is a list of Indian scandals, which are either real or alleged.

 

In 1900s

 

Telecom scam (Sukh Ram)

HDW Submarine

Bitumen scam

Tansi land deal

JMM Bribery Scandal

St Kitts case

Urea scam

Anantnag transport subsidy scam

1971 Nagarwala scandal

Fodder scam

1975: Declaration of Emergency

Churhat lottery scam

In 1990s

• Bofors Scandal

• Animal Husbandry Case (1990)

• Bombay Stock Exchange Manipulation & Fraud by Harshad Mehta (1992)

• Hawala scandal (1993)

• Sukh Ram (1996)

• Fodder Scam in Bihar (1996)

• Kerala SNC Lavalin power scandal (1997)

 

In 2000s

• Ketan Parekh Scandal (2001)

• Barak Missile Deal Scandal (2001)

• Tehelka Scandal (2001)

• Taj corridor case (2002-2003)

• Telgi scandal (2003)

• Nitish Katara Murder Case (2004)

• Oil for food programme scam (Natwar Singh) (2005)

• Jessica Lal case (2006)

• Human Trafficking Scam involving Babubhai Katara

• Gujarat Fake Encounter Controversy (2007)

• Cash-for-vote scandal in the federal parliament (2008)

• Satyam Scandal (2009)-

• HOUSING SCAM (2010)

• COMMONWEALTH GAMES(2010)

• TELECOMS LICENCE ROW(2010)

• LOAN BRIBERY CASE(2010)

 

India may not have been looted so much by the occupants our country prior to independence.

Year after year, the country only seems to progress backwardly despite the claims of progress and growth!