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An establishment stirred, but not shaken? The “G-14″ rails against corruption in India

January 18, 2011

Sajja Murli Chaudhary, 45, an employee of a telecom operator takes part in a silent protest against the telecom corruption scandal in New Delhi December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma/Files
An open letter from a group of 14 eminent citizens, quickly labelled the “G-14″ and blaming corruption as one of the biggest threats to India’s growth story, may be a case of a glass half empty, half full.

The letter was signed by leading industry figures, including Azim Premji, head of software giant Wipro, the chiefs of vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra, the HDFC mortgage lender and ICICI Bank.  It also includes former central bank governors and senior judges.

They called on investigative agencies to clamp down on corruption and say a recent slew of graft scams, like the 2G scandal which may have cost the government up to $39 billion, have “deeply hurt the nation”.

The letter may be a welcome statement from civil society as India appears mired in corruption scandals that for many commentators signal how the second term Congress-led government is simply losing the plot.

It also signals how many in the business world, including foreign investors, believe corruption is simply getting out of hand under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is seen both as honest but unable to stamp down on corruption within his government.

So, on the one hand it may reflect a tipping point among ordinary, hardworking Indians fed up with daily front page stories of government figures milking the country’s nine percent growth rate and its global economic clout.

But one thing does stand out. Given India is facing a perfect storm of corruption scams — perhaps the worst in decades — who did only 14 people sign it?

The letter does not feature many of the titans of Indian industry. And to put the numbers in context, some 200 economists wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama over his stimulus plan. Former British PM Margaret Thatcher received a letter from 360 economists opposing her austerity plans.

So, why only a G-14?

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It is now proven that India is a deeply corrupt country both intellectually and morally. Morally in the sense that no nation can be intellectually corrupt until it is morally corrupt.

India has become an economical super is the license for corruption to also be upgraded to supper corruption level. What is the use of calling for investigation and depending on Anti corruption bureau is the worst corrupt department.

Had this department been non corrupt then there would be minor corruption but not like the ones reported..

It is however OK, when ministers and head of the states of all Super Powers are corrupt then what is the harm if Indian politician and public do corruption. Rather the government should encourage corruption at national level.

In addition, I am sure the situation in India should have already been pushed to national level after the corruption level had been raised to the super level. However, India should be proud of corruption. After all why should India lack behind the other super powers.

Financial Experts opines that India will top the list of corruption now and in future too. It is good that Pakistan will have at least a point to shake hand with India. However, 10% probably would be nothing compared to Indian secret Percentage even then.

Political Observers felt satisfied on the point that both these two countries have a point to agree with and be friends for ever in corruption.

Eminent economist and financial experts opines that if the trend of corruption in India continues then India will be the first to be down graded to non-standard Super Power, where by the nation will be embarrassed in front of the world forum.

Posted by KINGFISHER | Report as abusive
 

General Indian public, but for the stooges & beneficiaries from present UPA government has lost faith & belief that it intends to nip corruption not to speak of eradication. Unfortunately, on the other hand, its actions and that of CBI reflect the very distinct image of its covering up scams and sheltering & supporting the corrupt. We now routinely hear remarks from Supreme Court on corruption and plunder of the country against the govt., CBI & now ministers. Why don’t they leave the chairs if they fail to govern free from corruption? The tragedy is the alternative option with people is no less corrupt! Only new generation revolution in the right direction can make the country being governed in transparent and corruption free manner is the last hope of Indian people! No expectations from old guards of the country who have brought India to this shameless state!

Posted by vksaini | Report as abusive
 

So who did only 14 people sign it? Because most of the industry leaders in India reached where they are today on the ropes of graft and corruption. They will not sign it because they can afford corruption and it works well for them.

Posted by Windturner | Report as abusive
 

India is only waiting for a revolution like in Egypt and get rid of this Institutions and hang all the people on the road responsible even if he/she is a silent because of his political alliances. I would like to see the end to this phony institution called C.B.I and all the related departments and create an independent institutions which are above any political Party.

Posted by Alugaddabavi | Report as abusive
 

Most of the communities in India (such as Bengali), are succumbed in ‘Culture of Poverty’(a theory introduced by an American anthropologist Oscar Lewis), irrespective of class or economic strata, lives in pavement or apartment. Nobody is at all ashamed of the deep-rooted corruption, decaying general quality of life, worst Politico-administrative system, weak mother language, continuous absorption of common space (mental as well as physical, both). We are becoming fathers & mothers only by self-procreation, mindlessly & blindfold. Simply depriving their(the children) fundamental rights of a decent, caring society, fearless & dignified living. Do not ever look for any other positive alternative behaviour (values) to perform human way of parenthood, i.e. deliberately co-parenting of those children those are born out of ignorance, real poverty. All of us are being driven only by the very animal instinct. If the Bengali people ever be able to bring that genuine freedom (from vicious cycle of ‘poverty’) in their own life/attitude, involve themselves in ‘Production of Space’(Henri Lefebvre), at least initiate a movement by heart, decent & dedicated Politics will definitely come up.
- Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, 16/4, Girish Banerjee Lane, Howrah-711101, India.

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