Sunday, October 23, 2011

Politics of vindictiveness

The UPA Government shocked by the series of Scams in its second term is acting totally confused and directionless. Instead of taking effective steps to route out its short comings, it has embarked upon a programme of retaliatory salvos against its opponents. When Anna Hazare and Baba Ram Dev started a campaign against corruption, it steam rolled the audience of Baba Ram Dev and initiated criminal proceedings against his aide Balkrishen. Congess spokesperson Manish Tewari accused Anna Hazare smeared in corruption from head to heel and apologized later. Digvijay Singh continues with his vicious salvos against Anna.

The BJP MPs who had exposed the cash for votes scam have been put in jail with criminal charges. Now the team members of Anna are being accused of corrupt practices. This politics of vindictiveness will not do any good to the Congress party or the Government as public can see through these machanisations. It will be better for them to devote themselves for eradication of the scourage of corruption.

Afghanistan will defend Pakistan- Biggest Joke of the Year

The statement of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai that Afghanistan will support Pakistan if attacked by America or India has comic overtones. Afghanistan itself is completely ravaged and devastated by militants which are not only supported but directly sponsored by Pak establishment. President Karzai has accused Pakistan's ISI on numerous occasions. More interestingly, it is American and Nato forces which are defending Afghanistan from the rogue militant groups. Afghanistan should, therefore, defend itself and become stable before helping Pakistan. To club India in his statement will antagonize Indian population which has given billions of Rupees in aid to Afghans to firm up its economy. Neither America nor India is interested in attacking Pakistan as there is nothing to gain from this action. President Karzai should not have made this irresponsible statement making himself a laughing stock.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Anna's crusade against corruption is apolitical

It is unfortunate that some of the Media barons are making imaginary assessments of Anna's Team instead of objective analysis of the Anna's crusade against corruption.Anna's core issue right from the beginning has been introduction of a strong Lokpal Bill for which he and his team had held prolonged meetings with the Government's team of Ministers. You would recall that almost after every meeting the Ministers went back on the decisions arrived at. This forced Anna to call the Ministers and Government unreliable and he was forced to undertake the fast. When the Government realised the sensitivity of the issue and the mass public support against corruption, it agreed to introduce Lokpal Bill which it had avoided for more than 40 years.

2. Civil Society had declared its movement apolitical which they still uphold. The move against Congress in Hissar elections was precipitated by Congress Party's lack of assurance to support Janlokpal Bill whereas all other contesting parties had given the undertaking to support. So the action of Civil Society in campaigning against Congress does not make them political.In fact the UPA Government has lost its credibility by its unusual Behaviour where Prime Minister says something and Digvijay Singh says some thing different. The resignation of two members of Anna team cannot crack his mission. As regards attacks on Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal, these are a part of well designed conspiracy by the corrupt opposing forces to deflate the movement. The Media's efforts to divide the Anna Team and mislead the public is a sort of paid news and will not succees.