Sunday, September 28, 2014
CORRUPTION IN INDIA - WHAT THE JJ JUDGMENT TEACHES US
The conviction awarded in the case of Ms.J.Jayalalithaa and the subsequent events in Tamilnadu underscore many important aspects of India’s Political system.
i. People tolerate corruption – because there is no alternative. They choose the lesser evil all the time. If they have a non-corrupt, Efficient, unifying leader – they will certainly choose him, like in the case of Narendra Modi at the Centre. Modi was chosen by the people, precisely for throwing out a corrupt Government, which was dividing people will all sorts of secular, communal debates. Modi is now clearly seen by all the people as the Most secular , Unifying Politician in India.
ii. JJ stands convicted; but almost nobody believes that she is THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICIAN in Tamilnadu. Most people believe that many other politicians should have been behind bars for corruption, long, long ago. Why are they still FREE? Why is the system so inefficient? People wonder. Many people also wonder that the Judgment has come long after the corruption case started and especially when JJ was governing reasonably well.
iii. I do not agree with many things that Dr.Subramaniam Swamy says and does; but, I do agree with the cases he lodges against corrupt Politicians. Painfully, he picks and chooses – probably on personal or political basis; He must pick on MOST CORRUPT basis impartially. I also agree that we need more Lawyers and investigators like him. Kudos to him for sending shivers down the spines of many corrupt Politicians.
iv. How did CBI succeed against JJ when so many other Politicians are still being only investigated? We wish CBI to be faster and efficient in all cases involving Politicians. We also wish Judges to be much faster in cases involving Politicians. In this respect, all kudos to John Michael Cunha, the special Court Judge. We don’t want to see corrupt Politicians becoming CMs, Governors etc – and then being punished as in this case. The country needs clean governance. All states need clean Governance. We want to see spotless people occupying the top Political posts.
v. Did the Special Court Judge over-step, under-step or right-step? The High Court and Supreme Court will now sit in Judgment ,on this question. Probably JJ will come out on bail. Probably , the punishment will come down. Probably, the case will now drag on for decades again. Or it may also be decided in the Higher courts expeditiously. All possibilities exist. Jethmalani and Subramaniam Swamy may have their opinions but each of us can have our own opinions on all these aspects.
vi. Personally, what I feel is, in all such cases, assets got through corruption should all be confiscated by Government and sold through auction. This should be the UNIFORM RULE IN ALL CASES.
vii. There was no Jethmalani before John Michael Cunha. There is no John Michael Cunha beyond that Special Court hearing JJ’s case. Who will argue against JJ now in the Higher Courts? Will Politics matter in his selection? Who will be the Judges hearing the case? All actors will change now. While TRUTH will not change, all perceptions about it also will change – one way or the other. Time will tell.
viii. People must demand for speedy trial and speedy Judgments in all cases involving Politicians. If Political leaders are corrupt, the whole country will be corrupt. The Supreme Court must come down heavily on DELAYS in all such cases.
ix. We don’t want corruption at the level of Ministers. We don’t want it at the level of the Police Constable. We don’t want it at any other intermediate levels. Right now – corruption exists at all these levels.
x. Modi at Madison Square was speaking for Clean Ganga as the best Gift to Mahatma Gandhi. I say, a clean, corruption-free India will be the best Gift to Gandhi. Let the war on corruption start from the schools. Let the young Minds become steeled against Corruption. Then, corrupt elders will change. Let there be war on corruption at all levels.
xi. Bharat Mata ki Jai ! (a la Madison square)