Besides unchecked bureaucratic and political corruption, India’s PM Narendra Modi himself is also facing serious corruption charges.
By Rakesh Raman
As Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified him over corruption charges against his family members, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif resigned today from his post.
The Supreme Court ruled that Sharif is not fit to hold office and ordered a criminal investigation against him and his family members involved in corruption. The court also decided to disqualify Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Sharif’s disqualification was ordered when an investigation following the 2015 Panama Papers leak found that his children have stashed away corruption money in offshore companies.
Last year, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan had given a call for protest against massive corruption in Pakistan. The Islamabad protest had targeted Nawaz Sharif.
Khan – who heads Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party – said that Nawaz Sharif and his family figured in the Panama Papers leak that revealed the details of corrupt global leaders.
Corruption in India
Meanwhile, the level of corruption has increased manifold in India during the past 3 years. Besides unchecked bureaucratic and political corruption, India’s PM Narendra Modi himself is also facing serious corruption charges.
Opposition parties in India are up in arms against the government, as they are demanding a thorough inquiry into the alleged corruption deals of Modi.
Although no inquiry against the political bosses in India can reveal the truth, opposition parties including Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) have demanded thorough investigation in the case.
Prashant Bhushan – an Indian lawyer, activist and politician – who has revealed information about Modi’s own corruption said that even the Supreme Court of India is not working freely and has refused to take appropriate action against Modi.
In fact, Modi is not the only politician in his political group Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who is facing corruption charges. Among the BJP leaders and Modi’s friends who are facing serious corruption charges include:
- Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,
- Rajasthan Chief Minsiter Vasundhara Raje,
- Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and
- Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.
But the Modi government did not hold any proper inquiry in all these cases and these politicians are having a ball with public money. However, it is now expected that Modi will take a lesson from Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and resign from his post without waiting for court’s order.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist. He had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.
Photo courtesy: Pakistan PM Office