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Corruption free India: Focus should be on education not politicians who capitalize on criticism of others

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By Dr Kallol Guha

First time since 1947 some form of movement, initiated by AAP, is developing against rampant corruption which over the last 65 years has actually been protected, encouraged, and even integrated in the culture. During the sixties, Gulzarilal Nanda, the then Home Minister of India started “Sadachar Samity” as an effort to curb corruption. That the Samity miserably failed doesn’t need any special inquiry.

How a society operates and influences the world is largely determined by the quality of its human resources which is shaped through its education system. The current education system of India, which is primarily breeding Anglophonic species as imitation of American and British subculture is by no means the kind of human resource that pushes the nation forward. Sixty five years of conditioning of India’s human resource by Anglophonic education has multiplied corruption, institutionalized plunder, increased violence and threats of disintegration. No amount of foreign investment, or building of flyovers, or production of fancy movies and cricket will shape human resource.

Once Arvind Kejriwal commented during his 49 days rule- in response to a reporter’s argument that Congress Government of Delhi built number of flyovers and improved infrastructures- that he intends to improve the conditions of the schools and its quality of education. Improving the function of schools will insure building of hundreds of flyovers. I wonder whether politicians who capitalize on criticism of others, often make public appearances, understand the real significance of such a statement?

(The writer is the  President & CEO of Saint James School of Medicine in Illinois.)

 

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  • Corruption is not an American or British influence on Indian society, had it been, then corruption in India would have remained at the top hierarchical levels like in the countries mentioned.

    We have had our share of corrupt officers throughout history, though the absence of the term ‘corruption’ doesnt label them such. All Jai Singhs, and the power hungry rajas who sided with the Brits against Indians were, apart from everything else, majorly corrupt.And the Brahmans of ancient India? they were noting but corrupt, right down to this living hour.

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.