Every nation has its own USP (Unique Selling Point). Ours is there too. It is: Corruption in civic life! Winston Churchill- the British Prime-Minister during the 1940s when India was at full peaceful ‘revolt’ (in other words, Satyagraha) to gain independence from British rule- would often mock that India would go dogs if British left them at their mercy! He was fiercely anti -India and there is enough of evidence to point to that mindset. BUT, is his prophecy coming true! Without being pejorative to our country and its citizens, I am afraid that when we look at the civic administration we have set up in last 6 decades somehow conforms to what Churchill said. The sheer indulgence in corruption and lethargic judicial delivery system speak volumes of our commitment of a fair play for common man! The politicians and babus are systematically looting the country and common man finds unable to get a grasp as to where to start to contain this degeneration!
Latest in this story is another high profile bureaucrat who is by the way an Election Commissioner too. He is Navin Chawla. In a country which professes herself to be a democracy, I need not elaborate how important is the role of Election Commission and its officers. Chawla is in another controversy now. A lower court in Jaipur has ordered that the case be investigated about Land-row where Chawla happens to be the accused (click to read the full story). With the patronage of Congress party, as the Indian Law Minsiter Bhardwaj has made it amply clear, Chawla is going to be a Chief EC in weeks to come! It is a bluff to the charges that the current CEC has raised against Chawla.
So much for our liberty and fair rights to vote! Who supervises that: a babu who has not learnt the ethics of beaurocracy!
Never mind! Corruption is our national religion!