Politicians have become irrelevant in fight against corruption – Shanta Kumar

Shimla: Standing by the statement that BJP was fast becoming a victim to dynastic politics, Shanta Kumar, senior BJP leader and a former chief minister made a scathing attack on corruption, saying that politics and politicians had become irrelevant in the fight against it as civil society was leading the agenda.

Addressing an Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) backed front Youth Against Corruption (YAC) the veteran leader said that social reformer Anna Hazare’s protest at Jantar Mantar against corruption where two politicians who tried to participate were shoed away portrayed the credibility that politicians and politics holds in civil society. “Others have come up and taken the place of political leaders,” he said.

Recognizing that corruption and hoarding illegal money in tax havens such as Switzerland had aroused global attention, Kumar said whereas governments such as that of USA, Germany, Spain and other had succeeded in recovering ‘black money’, the Indian government was the least interested in taking action on it.

He pointed out that India signed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, 2003 agreement on 20th December, 2005 the last day of its validity, and ratified it on 20th October, 2010 after being pulled up by the Supreme Court and much prodding from parliament.

Laying hope on the youth to lead the war on corruption, he said that it was the biggest epidemic to grip the country and politicians were most responsible for it. “Within 64 years of Independence, ideals of the freedoms fighters lay buried under corruption,” he said.

Amidst glittering wealth, stark poverty where 26 crore people are counted as below poverty line displays the path the country has taken, he said.

Referring to the double passport case against Baba Ramdev’s aide Balkrishna, he said the speed with which the case is being investigated is surprising but it took several years and a Supreme Court directive to detain Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have billions of dollars hoarded in tax havens, to be booked for a similar offense.

Kumar said that he had let his party high command know that deterrence laws against corruption be made an integral part of BJP’s election manifesto before the party solicits for votes.

The BJP vice-president asked for making the law for opening accounts in foreign banks more stringent by including a clause of 10 year imprisonment for wrongdoings, grant time for declaring black money, provide a Rs 50 lakh reward incentive to an informer and take immediate action against the persons whose names are with the government.

Later speaking to media persons, Shanta Kumar, who has not been attending the state BJP working committee meetings for the last two years, said that he stood by every word reported about his views on prevailing nepotism in the party.

Soon after asking Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa to resign over indictment in the leaked Lokayukta report, Kumar had said “From Himachal to Karnataka, the BJP has become more of a son, daughter and relative party than a party of workers… It is unfortunate…dynasty politics is slowly overpowering democracy in the party. Leaders are picking their successors as if it is their fiefdom.”

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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5 Comments

  1. says: Dharam Sharma

    Baba Ram Dev and Acharya Balkrishan are victims of political vendetta; they should have never involved themselves in the muddle of dirty politics. And Hasan Ali might have been a scape goat! At least he ‘earned’ in horse races what he stacked in Swiss banks. But our politicians and bureaucrats who have money in Swiss Accounts have got it through bribes and by putting the country to ransom. Will they ever be exposed? Only thing they have done during these 65 years after independence is centralize power in their hands to be able to silence every voice agaist them! Helpless Junta bows before them and their statues every day! Where is ‘Free India and Swaraj’?

  2. says: bhupinder

    if message is clear,if solution to indian masses is not found ,time is running out we can go to civil war,indian politicians have become a laughing stock including even the communists have failed,whole public is made a fool by media,court,white colour, whole people have lost interest in present day looter we are seeing anna new hope, if it is denied then maobandhi is right solution,,bloodshed is right answer,,people have not faith in this system,it should be now,otherwise never

  3. says: Dharam Sharma

    I see the epic of Mahabharata repeated in our great Bharat with one exception! Our PM, himself being an honest and capable, like blind Dhristrashtra, is finding himself incapacitated by the corrupt around him. However, the opposition lacks any ‘Yudhishtra’ to lead the ‘Dharmayudh’. Sanjay, the honest Indian, is helplessly watching from the sidelines, the self-destruction of a great nation.

  4. Dharam ji, your comparison is so right and to the point. History repeats itself. Only few understands it and see the light. It seems power mongers get blinded by the shine of power.

  5. says: PradeepR

    When you look at the politicians, you lose faith in God. Despair grips you when you find honesty is a pitfall, hard work is futile and life is a waste. You really don’t know which were the worse – the barbarians of yore or the blood-suckers of today.

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