It is a grave mistake to give 'caste' colour to corrupt individuals, for exemptions from punishment for corruption. Irrespective of caste, all corrupt MUST be punished. That should be the motto. However, generally, it is seen that Congress tolerates corruption among its cadre whereas BJP does not. Even now, under the glare of SC, Congress let go of Q and taking steps to let go of Raja & Kanimozhi, as well as PC ! Very sorry state of affairs.
Mr Shivanand Tiwari, a person who has been a politician, a lawmaker and parliamentarian, says basically this - we cannot root out corruption. he also says this - it is probably some way connected to caste. It is depressing to hear a lawmaker state that they cannot do what they are supposed to. His ilk, who have mandated upto 65% or maybe more, reservation in education, in jobs etc, are to blame. They have allowed a top down corruption in economic terms, and have festered moral corruption by pandering to votes not social structures. They , of the independence generation still in power, have let us all young India, terribly down. They must answer - why doesn't he resign his seat against these issues and work from outside, if Hazare and his ilk are bad? aNSWER - no moral courage. Just talk, no action.
Law and justice go by evidence, not by the caste of the defendant. B.Laxman's criminal intention or behavior is proved, though there was no actual bribe giving party, but only a sting operation. In stead of praising that the justice is served, Tiwari wants to play the caste argument. Does he remember that the forward caste P.M., Narasimha Rao was also convicted? The court looks for quality and strength of evidence, not by the caste that Tiwari would like it to be.
What we need in India is not caste politics. The country needs independent, honest, and non-corruptible administrators, whether they are elected or appointed. Quotas and sub-quotas on the basis of caste, religion, et. al. and vote bank politics are destroying the country. Eliminate the quota system once and for all. The country gained independence 65 years ago and it is time to say that all (irrespective of caste and religion) are equal before the law and to gain employment.
This from my view is not the Dalits who are suffering but the country's progress as a whole is. However if we keep this kind of discriminated practice we will never going to attain the level of maturity that is needed in todays global enviornment to extend the relations in context of business with the developed world. and also the feeling of Dalits towards lokpal is rightly pointed out and for me this article does enough to proove the point why Dalits are aginst jan lokpal. nice article sir.
I agree the judiciary decisions are most unpredictable in India they are strongly influenced by personalities of judge, lawyers and accused. Laws by themselve make everybody a crimnal. Even if you breath, there will be a law you will be breaking. So anybody can be branded as crimnal. It is personality and bribe that makes it a rewarding action or a crime.
Mr Tiwari has raied a very serious issue. Whatever he has analysed has been a fact. The leaders from Dalit background have only been used as a showpiece to garner support of the Dalit class. This has been so across the Political spectrum. BJP has not shown courage to take a stand on its one time National President. I hope the feudal thinking and approach will change in times to come.
Excellent piece by Mr. Tiwari. Here he talks about the Bangaru Laxman case and says that he was left to fend for himself and finally penalised becauase he is a Dalit. 'Tell me who you are and I will tell you what rules will apply' is what happens in most cases in India. The next to be punished for taking bribe in a well orchestrated sting operation is going to be Jaya Jaitley. Again the giver will go scot free! In the case of the now infamous 'cash for votes' sting operation, the giver/arranger is punished and not the taker and nobody dare ask any question. It is a disgusting state of affairs in our country today where the rule of law favours whoever is in position of power or whoever can manipulate the system to her / his benefit. However, let me again say that this article is really well written. Dalits are wooed by political parties not becuase they want to give them their due, but simply because they want to use them as showpieces and discard them whenever they feel like.