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The corruption woes of UPA-2 are never-ending
The corruption cupboard of UPA-2 seems to be overflowing with skeletons of scams. Opposition parties have tried to milk this to their advantage by stalling parliament proceedings. For the sake of the country UPA-2 should cleanup its act.
THE GREAT Indian political strategist Chanakya once supposedly said that just as we don't know when fishes swimming in river waters are drinking water, the same way we don't know if government officials working for the government are misappropiating funds.

This gem of a wisdom from somebody hailed as the India’s best political thinker, put the spotlight on corruption even in ancient times. Yet, the corruption seen by India, in all its history, is unlikely to have ever been as pervasive and insidious as it is today.

This is evident from the manner in which the center and some of the provincial governments suddenly find themselves on the defensive in the last few months for a wide range of scams.

Corruption is like termite in our Indian political, bureaucratic and infrastructure areas. According to recent TOI polls everyday bribes are the major reason for corruption, the biggest culprit are politicians and the biggest scam so far is the 2G scam.

Recent scams have highlighted how both the scale and spread of corruption in India have grown sums like Rs. 1,76,000 crores are being bandied about while politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, media, the judiciary and the senior armed forces officers have all been tainted in one or the other. Most worringly, there is little to suggest that the guilty will be punished, although Raja, the accused in the 2G scam is being prosecuted.

Politically speaking, the focus on corruption was even more intense in 1988-89, when Rajiv Gandhi government, despite its brute majority, was involved in the Bfors scandal and ultimately lost political power.

The most recent scam that has turned the nation upside down is the 2G telecom scam. The opposition stalled all proceedings, including Manmohan Singh’s extraordinary offer to testify personally before the Public Accounts Committee headed by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

In the Bofors as well as the 2G scam, the main cause of embarrassment to the respective government was the findings given by the Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG).

Since the various corruption allegations have happened in the very second year of its current term, Manmohan Singh might seem to have enough time to take corrective action before facing elections. Sonia Gandhi’s call for shuffling of the portfolios and appointment of a group of ministers on corruption might seem like steps in the right direction.

The current season of scams was triggred by the spending too much in the infrastructure investment in the run-up of common wealth games and the organization of the event by Suresh Kalmadi and his friends.

The rot is so pervasive that it did not spare even the holy cows of Indian democracy, namely, the judiciary and army.

Three out of four Indian think that politicians are the biggest culprit behind corruption. Can the present government please get its act together for the youth of the country?


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