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Monday, April 4, 2011

Wake up India

It’s been quite a long since I updated this space. Honestly, I just couldn’t keep up pace with our holy-like-cows politicians. Their bullet train like speed of producing one shameful scandal after another was just too much for an ordinary citizen to even get sense of what’s happening.

However I just heard one BIZZARE piece of news, which just made me numb for a moment. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Gandhi…OOPS Manmohan Singh has rejected a request for public participation in drafting of Lokpal bill, stating that it’s being looked upon by a group of ministers (GOM) headed by none other than… hold your breath…SHARAD PAWAR.

Our darling and as-useful-as-used-tissue-paper Prime Minister can please explain why and how Sharad Pawar is the best man to look into this? May be the only qualification Sharad Pawar has to head this group is that he has been linked to almost every major scam and yet nobody could have been nailed him - so far. He must have the best knowledge about all escape routes which makes him eligible to draft a bill against corruption.

For all those who don’t have any background about Lokpal bill, here is quick summary: The basic idea of the Lok Pal is borrowed from the office of ombudsman, which has played an effective role in checking corruption and wrong-doing in Scandinavian and other nations. In early 1960s, mounting corruption in public administration set the winds blowing in favor of an Ombudsman in India too. The Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) set up in 1966 recommended the constitution of a two-tier machinery - of a Lokpal at the Centre, and Lokayukt(a)s in the states.

This bill was first introduced in the parliament in 1969. For one reason or another, it’s been pending for approval since last 42 years. “The greatest” spokesperson of all time Mr. Manish Tiwari does not see anything wrong in this as bill is going through due process. Amen.

!ncredible India. Isn't it?

We are as much part of this cover up as anyone else.

It’s been couple of days since world cup is over. We won. Dream achieved. We celebrated. We need to know that world cup, despite having the greatest interest among Indians, is still just a sport. It’s not going to solve any damn problem that we have in front of us. On the contrary, it’s only going to help politicians to distract people from the real issues.

I haven’t watched any news since last two days except newshour debate about Anna Hazare’s fast. I just fail to understand why all these third rated cheap news channels are in vulgar war of showing mindless cricket shows after the world cup is over. What is more important? Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast against corruption or to know what sweets were distributed outside Viral Kohli’s house?

I also fail to understand that all those N number of people who “Like” my comments about cricket and are so quick share their views on Facebook about cricket are least bothered to read or respond when I discuss current affairs or an extremely important issue like Lokpal Bill.

If you are one of those who care for the nation more than for cricket and cricketers, then please join this movement. We don’t know how far we can go but we have to give it a shot. We always want to do something but don’t know what to do to. At last, someone has taken this initiative and the least we can do is to support them.

Wake up India. World cup is over. Now it’s time to get back to the real world.

If you want to be part of this movement, join "India Against Corruption" forum @ https://www.facebook.com/IndiACor

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