Saturday, 27 August 2011

Why would a corrupt politician vote for an anti-corruption law?

Anna Hazare's hunger strike is now into its 12th day. As a result of his courageous stand, the Indian parliament is debating a proposed anti-corruption law.
At the risk of stating the obvious, perhaps the last people who should have any say in drafting Indian anti-corruption laws are Indian politicians. It is the equivalent of asking turkeys to vote for Christmas, but, apparently, that is exactly what is happening right now. 
Surely, the only way to have dealt with this issue would have been to have first  included a common-sense clause in the Indian Constitution which places all Indians (no matter what their position) liable to investigation and prosecution (if they break any law). Only then, could an anti-corruption law have any chance of halting corruption.
The important question currently facing Indians is the same question facing the citizens of many other countries:
Is the government the servant of the people, or have the people become the servants of a wealthy minority of crooks who have secretly bought the government?
David Brear (copyright 2011)  

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