No government in India is willing to stop corruption because it has become the lifeblood of Indian bureaucrats and politicians.
By Rakesh Raman
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who is on a fun trip in the U.S., claimed Sunday that in the last three years, there has not been a single allegation of corruption on his government.
While most believe that Modi is a pathological liar, corruption is so rampant in India that it has become a non-issue in the past three years of Modi’s rule.
A new report reveals that India is among the most corrupt countries. According to Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group, India’s rank for 2016 is 79 in a list of 176 countries that it has studied. In other words, India is more corrupt than 78 countries.
As the Modi government has a total control over the media and most journalists in India are also corrupt, the corruption cases are not being reported.
The level of corruption has increased manifold in Modi’s government. Besides unchecked bureaucratic and political corruption, 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.
Interacting with the Indian community in Washington DC, Modi explained the role of technology in reducing corruption.
The U.S. President Donald Trump will welcome Modi to the White House today. They will discuss a number of issues including terrorism, economic reforms, and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
According to a White House statement, Trump and Modi will look to outline a common vision for the United States-India partnership that is worthy of their 1.6 billion citizens.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and 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.