“Corruption is our Birthright “….I’m Amused…but I’m Not !

What’s Integrity to an Opportunity !…across the spectrum from Agriculture to Business to Utilities to Sports to Social and Public Services to Government Spending to Banks and Brokers….scams abound

Our Nation has plunged into a Morality Abyss…we need to rebuild our People and Institutions from fresh…because Corruption,Communalism and Criminality are so deeply embedded in our psyches that they are now our mindsets….we need to be purged…we need to be reborn 

“Corruption is our Birthright”…seems to be our mantra…..Big Corruption gives birth to Baby Corruption….and Baby Corruption grows Big….and the Cycle continues….and children of Politicians become Politicians…and their children in turn….

Big Corruption…..ABC…Adarsh/A Raja….Bofors…..Commonwealth Games……with Ministers proclaiming and defending action saying they were only following precedents and policy and procedures laid down by predecessors !…Blatant & Brazen Loot….Heaven help us ! 

Baby Corruption….Poilce and RTO…had an interesting conversation with a Mumbai Traffic Poilceman…”I’m willing to lay down my Life in my Line of Duty….but who’ll lay down Life for these corrupt MCs & BCs that we have as Commissioners in our Senior Police Force !”…the guy was sadly and badly demoralised…In another instance RTO Tout ,in cahoots with those inside RTO,asked for Rs 500 to simply delete the Bank Financiers name from the Car Registration Book after Loan was repaid and Bank had given an NOC….refused …so my Man was made to come four times to the RTO for this simple job…under pretext that some document was missing,or the counter is closed for the day,or that the work will take a day more…..   

That Big Corruption is more wrong  than Baby Corruption can be argued on Scale but not on Concept…Corruption is Corruption…Period….Today you’ll do it for Rs 100…Tomorrow you’ll do it for Rs 100 crs ! 

Self Regulation works only where Morality is intact…so we need External Regulation…but by appointing pliable Heads even these Regulatory and Investigative Agencies become compromised…End Result is that there is no quick and fair punitive action to serve as a strong deterrent….there always seems to be a way out !…and a price to be paid for it !   read more

UPA…Coalition Government…Coalition Corruption….but what’s the alternative!?

INDIA is outraged at this continuing scale of Corruption

As India’s GDP grows past US $ 1.4 trillion,so does the Corruption scale in tandem….the CAG Report just tabled in Parliament notes that the Loss to the National Exchequer in the 2G Spectrum Sale was a whopping Rs 176645 lakh crores if one considers the 3G realisations this year….that’s close to US $ 40 Billion !….that’s nearly 3% of our GDP !….would have taken care of half our Fiscal Deficit !

UPA Government lead by Congress with it’s Political allies for now…notably and yet DMK from Tamil Nadu,whose A Raja was the Telecom Minster who is alleged to have caused this Loss….they defend that this a presumptive loss…in that no real money has been lost !…but this money could,should and would have actually come to the Government and Public Domain from the Private Corporate Sector….the Telecom Minister deliberately contravened,tweaked,violated policy and procedures and even ignored  PMO’s advice and sold the 2G spectrum asset dirt cheap to favoured corporate groups….Swan (fronting Anil Ambani Group),Videcon,Unitech are some of the names …..surely some in the government were favoured in return…this is not presumptive ! …many of these groups were ineligible….many have yet to start their service even after nearly three years….and many quickly went on to sell equity stakes at five and ten times valuations based on the relatively meagre quantum of  2G Licensing fees paid…this too is not presumptive!    

Opposition party BJP wants a Joint Parliamentary Committtee (JPC) Probe…..JPC has never really been a successful tool….more of a whitewash…..more to protect from more skeletons coming out from the cupboard of all political parties…..MP’s across Political Parties cannot agree on the Floor of the Houses !…what will they concur with in a JPC !…you will get many dissent notes

Congress wants the due process to be followed of the CAG Report moving to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)….but the PAC has no judicial authority…it merely reviews the CAG Report to check for appropriateness and completeness of conclusions backed by adequate supportings…it can merely delete or alter the wordings in the CAG report

INDIA wants the perpetrators to be pinpointed and punished fast….and be jailed

Our Supreme Court has even just questioned our Prime Minister,Manmohan Singh to explain his inaction in this 2G Scam and as to why A Raja was retained as Telecom Minister and not asked to step down much earlier….One of the Panelists on the TV spoke this of our PM ” He only listens to Uncle Sam and Sonia Ma’am !” read more