“Albatrossinflight” over at Centre Right India makes some interesting arguments in favor of embracing the anti-corruption movement. I have already expressed some of my reservations in an earlier article in this blog. As someone who has always been wary of the likes of Ford Foundation, Rockefeller funded do-gooder and their more-often-than-not insidious (or blatant in some cases) anti-India, dharma-hostile agendas, I am still skeptical of certain constituents of the Indian Against Corruption campaign. While the “banishment” (?) of that charlatan in swamI veSha, the “demotion” (?) of the socialist Bhushan duo, the possible “casting aside” (?) of communist agents like Kavita Krishnan offer some incentive for support, there are still some caveats. Like for instance, why are they aiding reductionist pontifications of the imagery of bhArata mAtA, a sacred symbol of/during India’s freedom struggle? What are the vested interests behind the assiduous efforts to avoid dhArmika symbolism and yet concerted efforts at providing a platform for non-dhArmika religious activities? What about the preposterous need of the Lokpal appointing committee comprising last two Magsaysay award winners, or Nobel Laureates of Indian origin? Never mind that they might very well not be Indian citizens. Why are they opposing privately funded NGOs being included under the purview of Lokpal? Corrections are welcome if these points from the draft of the proposed bill have since changed.
It is also my view that the process of appointing a Lokpal will find it hard to escape political machinations. It will instead result in creating a framework of a parallel bureaucracy or worse unelected ideologues foisting agendas à la NAC. The answer to corruption is in more economic reforms, in an economy that is free market in true sense of the term. Furthermore, those agent(s) at the top of the political hierarchy who have dubious histories and whose relatives abroad have collated stratospheric wealth with seemingly no sources of income would have to be dismantled. When the one at the top is corrupt to the core, those below cannot be expected to be any better.
That said, after close to fours months since I last expressed my views on this matter, I find myself somewhat agreeing with “Albatrossinflight” that dhArmika nationalists should seek to support the anti-corruption movement (while being wary of some of its constituents at the same time) for now. That people cutting across economic divides have expressed support for the anti-corruption campaign speaks volumes about Indian electorates’ frustration with the stratospheric corruption in the current dispensation in Delhi. Furthermore, the perfidious anti-national poverty-mongering communist brigade must be prevented from hijacking the movement (any further than they already have) to serve their ideological agendas. Case in point, take note of the comrades here longing for clarion calls to “revolution” in rAmalIlA, instead of the patriotic vande mAtaraM. The movement against corruption can be supported, but with an alertness against attempts to (a) introduce backdoor socialism (b) provide platforms to anti-national ideologues for propagating propaganda against patriotic symbolism. There is indeed an inkling of an opportunity here to seize the moment and dethrone, and eventually dismantle the political hierarchy that has relentlessly looted India. The jury however is still out on whether the opportunity will be grabbed or self-goal will be scored.