While the year is coming to a close, and the radiant hope of another new year 2011 is round the comer, India is still reeling under political turmoil and pressures due to unceasing scams of ominous proportions. In days to come, the ‘bitter-fruits’ of the past and recent scams are bound to sicken the very integrity and image of the nation and its errant leaders. This year, there have been unprecedented episodes of scams and scandals all over the country; we heard of PF (provident fund) Scam, sex-scandal in sports, CWG (Common Wealth Games) scam, Adarsh housing scam, and lately of 2G (second generation mobiles) spectrum scam and Kamataka land scps- the process of cleaning-up is still on; and hitherto, how ugly and despicable has the country’s image been painted? In one of the recent ‘cartoonscape’ of The Hindu, there was a lurid representation of the nation’s degenerated and sorry state of affairs; observant reader might have noticed the big “coooooooooooooo… ruption” filling the entire rectangular box allotted for that day’s cartoonscape, showing how low the Nation had slipped down from its benchmark of integrity and accountability due to successive scams and scandals.
Now, care has been taken in this critical study, to employ ‘fair criticism’; and in my earnest desire to see a great nation of India with a corresponding vision for a prosperous state of Manipur, there seems to be no room for superfluous delighting in ‘fault-finding’, and any mention of the country’s plight or its current-darker-side is an empathizing of the issues in question and the persons involved with an energizing hope of a brighter India.
The Darker Side
That within hours of US President’s departure from the country, two top Indian leaders had to be sacked, surely epitomized the depravity of India’s political standards of morality in financial ethics; indeed a dark side of the nation when, on the same day, Ashok Chavan and Suresh Kalmadi were sacked as Chief Minister of Maharashtra and as Congress Parliamentary Secretary, respectively. Such a series of murky events lined-up since the beginning of the year. Hardly do we notice the ‘candle of incorruptibleness’ burning anymore in the dark comers of India; instead, leaders far and near blatantly involve themselves in building ‘their own castles’, negating the welfare of masses, while most Indians are living below the poverty line; poverty alleviation measures have not been consistently implemented, and often carried out in name only.
A couple of years from now, the eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) will culminate; but, will it be a culmination of a brighter India in the light of the set targets? Recently, an analytical presentation of my article on the’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG)’ was published in The Sangai Express, dated November 16, 2010, where the grim realities, in the context of India, were highlighted; sadly many targets have not been met so far, and the deadline for the MDG is 2015. Therein had I posited that corruption is antithesis to development; this ‘darer side’ of the picture is largely due to scams and scandals all over the country.
Corruption is defamed by C Aikin as ‘the use of public power for private profit in a way that constitutes breach of law’. The Collins Cobuild English Language Dictionary defines it as “dishonesty and illegal behaviour in position of authority and power.” Basically, scam or corruption is a deviant behaviour associated with a particular motivation, namely that of private gain at the public expenses. In the Indian context, as per the Santhanam Committee, “any action or failure to take action n the performance of duty by a Government servant for some advantage is corruption.”
Scam involving judges’ misdemeanor
This year, during the month of July, P.D. Dinakaran was under the scanner; the Supreme Court collegium recommended that the former Kamataka Chief Justice be transferred to the Sikkim High Court, the smallest high court in the ‘Country. This drastic action was taken to show displeasure over Justice P.D Dinakaran’s defiance of all canons of judicial prepriety; for he had stuck to office amid welter of corruption and land-grab charges.
In addition, during the second week of November, 2010, Justice Soumitra Sen was removed :!Tom his post as Justice of Calcutta High Court. The move was initiated after Chief Justice K.G Balakrishnan, in 2008, wrote; to Prime Minister Manmohan recommending the impeachment proceeding against Sen,,”under the Article 124(4); this was on the basis of the findings of aurin-house inquiry, which held Justice Sen guilty of [mancial misconduct under Judges Inquiry Act, 1968.
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—to be contd.