After all this broohaa, every reasonable citizen of India would hope that we would get at least a decent new ‘body’ of hope to curb the corruption. Corruption has no place in 21st century. A country that can not provide her lawful citizens the basic needs of life-roti, kapda aur makaan and fails to protect the most vulnerable sections of the society, should have no place on the map of the world. I would not blame only the parliament and the system for this, and don’t think of it as a problem of lawmakers only. I think of it as a monumental failure of our society as a whole. We have failed for last sixty years for giving ourselves a cleaner environment. Why do we have to wait for a mass-leader to change our thoughts and our system. Are we inherently dimwits and lack the basic ability to choose what is best for us. Afterall, India is the biggest democracy of its kind on the planet. Darwin said that only the fittest would survive on this planet. How could we as citizens be so naive to believe that other human beings with vested interest would work for us without drawing any benefits. Where are the argumentative Indians of Amrtya Sen?
Each one of us would have to change ourselves if we want to see a better India. That would be our best contribution to change the system. Every fiery soul, who have an insatiable complaint against the system, should attain the best knowledge about it and make the others aware. You could win people only by argument. Persuasion is the hallmark of intellectual ability. Our society should engage in a never ending debate. We should debate about others and we should debate about our own motives. Vivekananda’s ‘teacher of the world’ bharat would empower only with that knowledge.
There should be no argument that our beloved country needs a change in the system at its core. The government’s Lokpal is perhaps the first step in that direction (hopefully). I for one, however, think that the integrity and autonomy of the investigation agency (CBI in this case), should be at the heart of this legislation. We have learnt from our experience with Central Vigilance Commission that corruption could not be controlled with a body that has no investigation authority. CVC relies on internal investigations within a department to come to a conclusion on a particular case of corruption. That is the inherent flaw in the system, giving the birth to such a monster in our society. In 1886, when the ‘great’ lord Macaulay wanted us to learn English-he had but one motive and that was to train us to produce impeccable reports for him and the government. We learnt it well and imbibed it in the basic training of our ‘babus’. Therefore, if you ask for a bureaucrat to produce a report about a fish in their own pond, you know what you would get in your face. For that reason, the lokpal should have real investigative teeth with an independent CBI.
I would rather agree with some Anna sceptics that including 60-70 lac class C and class D government official is perhaps not the most practical option. I would hope that state/district/block level lokayukta’s or CVC officials take that burden but again the investigative independence is pertinent.
I agree with most of the BJP’s arguments, opportunistic or not-opportunistic; however-I would be happier to see a clean, strong lokpal bill applicable to the individual states as well. We could make that exception in this particular case, which is perhaps the most important legislation of the contemporary India.
Lets see which way the cooky crumbles in next few days.