India: Can Corrupt Politicians Ever Be Punished? – OpEd


Hundreds of politicians at various levels are suspected to be corrupt and dishonest in India. As a matter of fact, the distinction between politicians and criminals have become thin, as many criminals enter politics, contest elections and win and then become ministers and rule the country. Long back, Bernard Shaw said that politics is the last resort for the scoundrels and many people in India now think that Bernard Shaw is correct. The politicians remain as the most suspected and perhaps hated tribe in India.

Unfortunately, despite of strong anti-corruption laws in the country, the corrupt politicians always find way to escape from the clutches of law, by circumventing the law, prolonging the judicial process by cleverly exploiting the loopholes and they remain in public life with all their ill gotten wealth intact Rarely, a corrupt politician has been effectively punished and if this has been done in some cases, it is an exception and not a rule.

As large number of electorate in the country belong to lower income group and are often only semi literate and are susceptible to monetary temptations, the politicians who amass huge wealth by adopting corrupt means , hoodwink the gullible people by money power, muscle power and by cleverly posturing to win elections.
Politics has made inroads into every aspect of life today in India and therefore every aspect of life appears to be getting corrupt. The Election Commission of India and Judiciary have failed to check corruption inspite of huge powers that they have.

While there is corruption in India not only amongst politicians but also amongst bureaucrats and professionals belonging to every walk of life , there is no doubt that politicians are the fountain head of corruption. Without catching hold of the corrupt politicians , punishing them and ensuring that they would not enter parliament and assemblies, rooting out corruption in India is not possible.

Modi’s promise

Certainly, there is widespread frustration and anger amongst large section of citizens that dishonest politicians continue to hold sway over national politics and the government but the people seem to be helpless .

Indian electorate were highly impressed when Narendra Modi promised before 2014 parliamentary election that he would root out corruption and cleanse the parliament and legislative assemblies and ensure that corrupt people cannot enter these all powerful bodies. Such promise and assurance really helped Modi to win the confidence of the people and emerge victorious in the election.

Modi need to act

Now, having been in power for 18 months, Indians expect Modi to fulfil his promise. But, Modi appears to be finding it difficult.

The present noise made by Rahul and his mother , when they are facing court hearings about dishonest dealings and the vituperative language used by Kejriwal when his confident and principal secretary was investigated for corruption charges and the media publicity that they get only clearly highlight how difficult would be Modi’s task of checking corrupt politicians .

The National Herald case convincingly exposes Rahul and his mother that they have indulged in dishonest practices. Kejriwal appointing a corrupt person as his principal secretary clearly show that his claim that he is the anti corruption crusader is hollow and untrue.

When the politicians face corruption charges and realize that they are on weak grounds, they make all sort of drama , use all sorts of language and level vague and unproved allegations against the government and divert the attention of the people from their misdeeds.

The politicians in India facing corruption charges make lot of noise and indulge in mud slinging and use the media to mislead the people. Unfortunately, the Indian visual and print media want only sensation and give prominence to mutual accusations without caring to conduct quality discussions to expose the corrupt people, keeping the interest of the country in view.

The Modi government has come to power promising that it would root out corruption. It has to take full blooded efforts to catch the corrupt persons and punish them. Case of Rahul and Kejriwal is now a test for Modi’s commitment to fight the corrupt forces.

Certainly,the corrupt persons will fight back like a wounded leopard as it is a question of survival for them. The country is now watching as how determined Modi is in rooting out corruption and in facing the onslaught of attack from multiple directions from various corrupt politicians. Modi has to fight and in the process of fighting the corrupt forces if he would go down, let it be so for the sake of probity in public life.

N. S. Venkataraman

N. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the "Nandini Voice for the Deprived," a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause. To promote probity and ethical values in private and public life and to deliberate on socio-economic issues in a dispassionate and objective manner.

2 thoughts on “India: Can Corrupt Politicians Ever Be Punished? – OpEd

  • January 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks Mr. Venkataraman for your inspiring article and the world knows that DNA of Indian leaders is corruption, corruption and corruption.
    Many races today think whether they were duped by Mohandas Gandhi to struggle for independence from the British as most people lost their real freedom, democracy, rule of law, independence and human rights under so called Indian rulers. China is executing corrupt politicians without mercy while India appointing to high positions. India needs a real change!

    India was created by merging several nations together by the British for easy administration. Indian leaders after Mrs. Indra Gandhi failed and proved that they are incapable, corrupt and inhuman. Instead Indian leaders alleged to have collaborated in the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Its time for dismantle India for the people to enjoy real freedom, democracy, rule of law and Justice.

    Indra Gandhi, a strong leader with great values, participated in the Indian freedom struggle against the British colonialists, went to jail, understood the struggle and value of freedom when she decided to arm the Tamil youth against Sinhala Buddhist state terrorism and oppression. Current India fail to recognize the aspirations of many races and state and there is no value or any benefit that these races and states to be part of the Indian federation. Indra helped Bangladesh to get independence and put an end to the Pakistani state terrorism and won global recognition. Bangladesh government recently executed war criminals for their part in war crimes and mass abuses about 40 years ago.
    Will current India’s advice has any value when it is failing at home? Current Indian leaders actions only help India to dismantle when more and more people are literate and understand that they have no freedom, no democracy, no rule of law, no fairness, no respect and dignity and no justice.
    Sri Lanka Sinhalese leaders will never change as the current regime taken over Tamils lands and distributing to the Sinhalese in Mullaiteevu and Tamil land owners protested today. It is shocking that many Western leaders gave time for Sri Lanka time despite that continue with its Apartheid policies against the Tamils. Only creating of Eelam can bring meaningful solution and put an end to Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism and racism. In summary one can astoundingly say that South Asian nations are failing on Rule of Law, Democracy, Justice. Human Rights, humanity and mankind!

  • September 5, 2018 at 2:04 am

    hopefull that india will overcome this
    and over through china trade


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