CORRUPT government, IMPOTENT opposition!

  • Created on Saturday, 25 August 2012 17:51
  • Published on Saturday, 25 August 2012 17:51
  • Written by Punyatma Sharan, Founder/CEO - PolityIndia.Com, has a BA (Political Science) from India and MBA (Finance) from USA.

advani_sonia_smIt can happen only in India that after scams after scams, UPA government led by the Congress party which is again accused of being involved in the coal scam which is estimated to be in the amount of Rs 1.84 lakh crore which is even bigger than the 2G scam, estimated to be at Rs 1.76 lakh crore, is showing no signs of going away and is pointing their middle finger towards BJP and other opposition parties and more so, towards the public and saying ‘Catch me if you can’.

Why is Congress led UPA government still in power even after a plethora of scams?

This is happening because BJP, the main opposition party has lost the moral authority to blame the Congress party for all the financial terrorism inflicted on the country by them. How can a government survive with so many scams attached to their name? Even though they got enough seats to form the government with the support of their allies in 2009, they have lost the legitimacy to govern but they are still in control because of the role of an ineffective opposition being played by BJP.

It is very unfortunate that Bharatiya Janata Party which at one time was an embodiment of simplicity, character and convictions and was represented by people like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Nanaji Deshmukh, Balraj Madhok and others is perceived by the public as nothing else but just an extension of the Congress party.

I will just try to elaborate my feelings by talking about some issues:

Karnataka’s former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa was named in the Lokayukta's report where a mining company was involved in the purchase of sites allotted out of turn to Yeddyurappa's sons which was involved in illegal mining and was believed to be a front for another company. The Lokayukta of Karnataka said that his report on the illegal mining issue in the state has found substantial evidence against the chief minister and other officials. The scam caused losses worth Rs.16,080 crores to the state in a period of 14 months.

Another chapter of moral degradation and bankruptcy of Indian politics was written when news channels broadcast footage showing Karnataka state Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi sharing a porn video with C.C. Patil, minister for women and child development, while sitting in the state assembly of Karnataka. In addition, one of the ministers watching porn was also the minister for women and child development.

It is even more sad and ironical that all the three ministers belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party which is also the main opposition party at the national level, the party which at one time was an embodiment of principles, character, nationalism and morality. Unlike politicians from other parties, they were in politics for social service and to give something to the country…they believed in serving the country…they did not become rich overnight because of their political affiliation and activities. We may or may not agreed with their political ideology but their personal integrity was always above suspicion. I am talking of the BJP in the past…a historical perspective.

Team Anna attracted country’s attention because they were talking about the most important issue in the country – CORRUPTION. We all understand the opposition of the Congress party towards the issue…We don’t expect a group of financial terrorists to make a high tech device which would act as an impediment and has the potential to catch them. But what was BJP doing about it? Simply nothing. We do not expect anything from the members of our Rajya Sabha…they are there because of some network etc. The UPA has just enough members to scrape through in the event of a no confidence motion…Lok Sabha has 543 members and UPA 2 has hardly the support of 290. My question is for the remaining 200+ members. What do they do all day? Why they could not make this issue a lightning rod for the government? We can say that the opposition of the Congress party for this bill was very, very active and BJP’s support was very, very passive.

The country, when it comes to honesty and morality, does not expect anything from the Congress party…we all know what it is…there are no surprises…expecting Congress to be honest and moral is like expecting Sunny Leone to be a virgin…we all know that it is not going to happen.

A friend of mine sent me couple of lines which rhymes well but is very disturbing:

’Kuch rupyo me bikta hai hamare desh ke politicians ka jameer,
kaun kehta hai ki desh main mahganyee bahut hai?’

BJP has to come out of their shell and face the reality…they have to re-invent themselves and come before the people as a viable alternative to the Congress party. They have to shed their bubble of ignorance and self-glorification. They have to borrow the book of simplicity and humility from leaders like Vajpayee and others. I was talking to a General Secretary of the party yesterday and he said that you should not be surprised if news comes out that some BJP members also have a Swiss bank account and they keep their mouth shut because they are on the payroll of the Congress party. A friend of mine from BJP said that they are a lot more honest and moral compared to the Congress party…I argued that honesty and morality should not be construed as a relative term in comparison to the Congress…there should be a zero tolerance for corruption and BJP should not be perceived as a party of political harakari.

If the choice in the next general election is between Congress and BJP, it is not a great choice…the public is being robbed of their right to vote and elect a government which would take care of them. The public perceives the Congress party as a convicted criminal but they do not think of BJP as a holy cow either. I see some BJP people and I do not have an iota of doubt in my mind that they are corrupt. The elections in 2014 might again give us a coalition (khichdi) government but the political parties should make sure that it is a tasty khichdi which the public is going to relish and enjoy. Let us hope that we do not have to agree with George Bernard Shaw when he said that “Politics is the game of Scoundrels”.

If we don't put our political house in order, we would see another Anna Hazare demanding a Lokpal even after 20 years and we would see the constitution of another JPC to investigate 10G scam. Our political parties have to instill an element of Faith, Trust and Hope in the minds of the public. I will just try to elaborate this by using a small example:

- Once, all villagers decided to pray for rain...they all came to a place with umbrellas...this is FAITH

- When we throw a one year old baby in the air, the baby laughs because the baby knows that the parents would catch him...this is TRUST

- When we go to sleep at night, we set up the alarm...we do not know if we are going to get up in the morning...this is HOPE

I hope that it is not a utopian dream, but our political parties have to give this to us.

Based on my knowledge, analysis and interpretation, I don’t have any hesitation in describing the Congress party and BJP as CORRUPT government, IMPOTENT opposition.


+1 # Dr Ajoy Kumar Ghosh 2012-08-27 09:06
I fully agree with this comment.
# Dr Rajay Narain 2012-08-27 09:08
Excellent analysis & summary of present political chaos in India, wish there was an effective opposition. The opposition itself is divided as everyone is looking after their own vested interest. It will be another decade when we will see emergence of youth of the country with powerful leadership.
# Ram Kamath 2012-08-27 12:32
Prostitutional media, Criminally silent public, Fraudulently secular politicians - Yathaa Prajaa thathaa Raajaa.
# Sanjay Pawar 2012-08-27 21:10
We all know that you have such close friends in both the Congress party and BJP but your writing and analysis is so impartial. You just say things as you see it. This is the reason you have earned your supporters in thousands.
# Dr Anita Sinha 2012-08-27 21:17
Your writing is such a strong reflection of contemporary India...People talk about your take on issues like a guide...I am so proud of you...The comments by Padmaja Jha is very insightful.
# Kalpana Singh 2012-08-27 21:27
Congress is like a cancer but BJP also is a serious disease which is slowly eating up our country...We need another alternative...I totally agree with your analysis.
# Sanjay Ahuja 2012-08-27 21:32
I have read all your articles (80+). They are all just excellent. How do you maintain your friendship with your political friends? You are so blunt and direct in your approach. Excellent comments by Ms.Jha.
+2 # Padmaja Jha 2012-08-28 13:40
I read your articles with interest and this one touched a chord - I feel so sad at what is happening there and I think of the days of my father who once when some random person got me a dress from my mother's village, he asked me where I got it from and when I told him, he made me change, gave that dress back to that person and asked him to leave immediately - I must have been only 7 or 8 but I have never forgotten that - I never understood then but of course realisation came much later.

Just blaming the politicians is not enough, the entire mindset of the country has to change - no one bats an eyelid when people flaunt their wealth beyond their means - actually it is appreciated - arre dekho phalna - kya shaadi kiya, kya ghar hai , kya car etc...Bureaucra cy with one partner running an NGO -c'mon give me a break - there is no such thing as conflict of interest, only those people are penalised for these crimes if the one party wants to settle a score - bureaucrats or a politician - it is not based on any value - Just heard an aquaintance - Kunal Singh, IAS was booked for Rs 30lakhs - i was disappointed - sirf 30lakhs ke liye booked hua - what a shame - at least a few crore to hona tha - was my reaction:-)))) property prices have gone up - where does the money come from - no one asks - - you cannot do any thing without dealing in cash -even the rents in Delhi are dealt in cash - I am surprised at the ugly display of wealth during occasions such as weddings...the list goes on...20 years outside the country, have always regretted and have always wanted to go back - now these things annoy me no end - and wonder if after all I made the right decision - not really.

Inspite of everything home is home and I miss it - In all these years I have never missed an Independence day celebration at the High Commission and as with everything your own - I want to be proud and I want our children to be proud of our homeland - always and forever - such news saddens me no end - It is not just the politicians - everyone who is anyone does it and if you don't, you are termed as a 'bechara' - Journos are another one - if the journos don't find anything, they will look for some innocuous comment and make a mountain out of a molehill - but that is for another day!! So just blaming the politicians is not good enough - they are after all part of the same society that we live in - in our daily lives, why don't we boycott such people when we know - we can't and we don't - I know it is easier said than done - but we have to make a start if we are serious.

I will tell you a story - this young girl of 18 or so who I know got married - husband was contesting the Mukhiya election - she came to me and said - arre mami, mere husband mukhiya ka election fight kar kare hain, jeet jayenge to 2-3 crore to aise hee ho jayega - I was stunned to hear this from a girl as young as her and thought - we as a nation are truly doing something terribly wrong - oh the list goes on - it is just the entire mindset that needs to change. We can only hope and pray for a better tomorrow- I am a positivist and strongly believe - Woh Subah Kabhi to aayegi...
+1 # Alok Jindal 2012-08-29 21:10
My family is a big supporter of BJP. They read this article and totally agree with your analysis.
# Deepak Mathur 2012-08-29 21:15
These two national parties have betrayed the interest of the country...we need another alternative...g ood,educated and people with a sense of service should come forward and join the mainstream of politics...if we don't do that, we would still be blaming our politicians even after 20 years.
# Dhananjay Singh 2012-08-29 21:17
We missed your article for about a month but you came back with a bang...another great piece of work. I really liked the comments by Padmaja Jha.
+2 # Ashok Singh 2012-08-30 11:27
You are right. But please do not drag Sunny Leone in it. You may cite other examples. She is honest and does not pretend to be a virgin like other unfaithfuls.
# Ajay Kumar Sinha 2012-08-31 10:52
Kettle calling pot black, both the opposition BJP and the ruling Congress are birds of the same feather...so what do you expect? We should take part in active politics if we really wish things to improve.
# Sandhya Sinha - Women's Political Forum 2012-09-02 02:52
Very well written Punyatmaji. You've touched the right chord. But please do not give BJP so much credence. They are just like any other party -Trinamool, DMK, CPI, CPI(M), RJD, LJP, JDU ETC., ETC. Comets are seen once in a decade. BJP came and went, will probably come after another century. It is easy to sit at the fence and squeek, it will do all the parties some good, if they come in the arena and roar. There are dynamic people in the BJP like Rudy or Seetharaman, but they also seem to be under control of nincompoop heads. Otherwise dynamic and balanced Yechury, these days make squeeky and cheeky presentations. Lets see where, the only roaring lions in the arena today - ANNA, Kejriwal, Kiran team lead the nation.

The most important fact is that all the citizens need to contribute their positive energies in the upward march of the nation, rather than applying just negative and resigned attitude toward the ones in power. Each one can always put their energies towards keeping a check and balance on the rulers, whom they themselves have elected and in this regard, media is the most powerful body. They need to be absolutely rational and unbiased.
+1 # Arti Bhatnagar 2012-09-05 14:21
The younger crowd of BJP are as corrupt as members of the Congress party. The only difference is the opportunity to steal...they do not have much opportunities because they are in opposition.
# Naveen Vaidya 2012-09-05 14:23
Great article.
# Monalisa Rastogi 2012-09-05 14:28
I came to know about this website very recently. I read each and every article...the quality of the articles, both in terms of language and facts are amazing. I just want to say - what a great website.
# Anushka Sharma 2012-09-05 14:33
Punyatma, another great piece of work...I missed reading your article for about a month. You really understand the pulse of Indian politics.
# Ajay Gupta 2012-09-06 22:26
Great article and analysis. It is sad that scams continue to happen and our responsible media is able to bring them to the attention of the public but our impotent judiciary and powerful politicians always find a way to continue the status quo. Sometimes, I wonder if a China like political system is appropriate for India? What good is this democracy where the same set of nincompoops keep coming back to power?
# Nilesh Parmar 2012-09-12 10:14
Read some of your articles - very interesting. Thank you for taking up this noble cause. As they say 'boond boond se saagar banta hai' - so even if a few of us can change what and how we do things, cumulatively it will make an impact. The only issue is do we have the patience to go through this and will the 'other' side have converted more people to their side - such that the net impact is negative. Hope not.

There is a strong need to target youth and get their value systems in the right place else we will have more stories like the one mentioned by Padmaja Jha of the 18-year old's excitement of her husband contesting for Mukhiya election!! Today's children otherwise are so used to seeing things the way they are today, they think that is the right way and parents don't always help in destroying that myth. I worry about my children growing up not knowing the difference between right and wrong - based on what they see around them and not necessarily what they see at home.
# Suraj Parkash 2012-09-12 10:39
I protest against the use of impotent opposition, this should be actually termed as CORRUPT Government CORRUPT Opposition. Opposition never attacks to change any thing, because they are equally benefiaries of the corrupt system. Why did not the BJP discuss Coalgate in Lok Sabha, because their own ministers are equally involved when they were in power.
# Surya Prakash Loonker 2012-09-12 10:42
Let us clean politics of India.
# M K Devburman 2012-09-12 10:45
Good information and can be used as an eye opener. Thank you.
# Dolly Sinha 2012-09-12 21:06
I read and reread your articles. Your work is so towering that every word seems to be exotically crafted to perfection.
# Navien Marwah 2012-09-13 10:39
I read your article and appreciated it. Good work...Write the truth.
+1 # Karthik 2012-09-13 11:26
It is high time to do somthing..But most of us only think of secondary methods like supporting organizations like IAC or Anna Hazare..Though they are ok, why not use the most important and all powerful tool of democracy - THE RIGHT TO VOTE. I voted 49-O because I was not happy with the credentials of any of the candidates. But in the end most of my friends either told me that I wasted my vote by not using it properly (They want me to poll for the relatively best one among the crooks) or they told that I am wasting election costs (which is a fraction of what occurs as corruption then). I believe that if every one is going to use his/her power to vote effectively, we would have been discussing things that we cannot even dream of now. To quote a tamil saying - "thirudanai parthu thiruntha vittal thiruttai ozhikka mudiyathu" (It is impossible to stop theft unless the thief decides to quit).
# Manmay Prasad 2012-09-14 23:43
Really enjoyed reading the column. We really need to have a third party in place...much stronger in ethics...with 'for the people' approach.
# Jayaraman 2012-09-17 02:32
The article is indeed thought provoking. However, what is the solution to the present crisis the country is facing? Anna started with a bang and it kindled lots of hope, I even dreamt that Mahatma Gandhi has taken rebirth. Alas, that was not to be. And the moment fizzled out!

Not that all politicians are corrupt. There are untouched MPs AND MLAs. Prominent citizens of this nation should give a clarion call to such honest and earnest politicians to rise above party politics to join hands and save the Nation from the brink of collapse and establish new values and systems. The task is difficult but not impossible.
# Gangadharan Nair 2012-09-20 17:33
Very very interesting. But what is the solution? What can we do except register our regret? Our forefathers fought and brought independence and a Democratic system where in only corruption can exist. A system where 29,20,000 Panchayath Members, 4,000 Legislative Assembly Members and 543 Parliament Members are being elected over and above a battalion of nominated Rajya Sabha Members & Governors. Not only that a lion share of our national revenue (70%) being spent on only salary and pension. How can this nation exist?


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