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Corruption scandals hurt India's image

06-20-2011 10:39 BJT

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An anti corruption bill in India has reached a deadlock. The Indian government and civil society, which asked for the bill, are now at a standstill regarding its passage.

The government says that they will present their version of the bill by 30th June. Meanwhile, a social activist who started the crusade in India – Anna Hazare has threatened to go on fast again.

It all started with multi billion dollars worth of corruption scandal. India is one of the largest telecom markets but the country also had largest ever telecom scam worth 39 billion dollars.

Many Indian ministers went to jail for the scam. Though this was the break point for India, before that India found itself in a scam while organizing the Common wealth games. This scam spoiled India’s image on the international stage.

And then started protests by this lone crusader – Anna Hazare. Later many other popular Indian faces and the common Indian joined him.

The demand was to have an anti-corruption bill where everyone including the Indian prime minister would come under the scanner, but the talks have now reached a dead end with both sides blaming the other.

Anna Hazare, Social Activist, said, "We will face violence even bullets of the government but we will not resort to violence. We will continue this revolution through non-violence"

Indian civil society members have been pushing the government for a strong law that will have the powers to investigate corruption charges against the prime minister, senior judges and members of parliament.

The government has reportedly refused to include the Prime Minister and senior judiciary.

Anna Hazare said the government has made this a joke while the government says it will bring out the draft of a strong anti-corruption bill by June 30th.

Kapil Sibbal, Indian Cabinet Minister, said, "The point that they are making is if we do not agree to what they are saying then they will go on a hunger strike. You can’t threaten a negotiating process. You can either negotiate or you threaten us. We are willing to cooperate despite the threat because we are serious about the bill. I am afraid that this is not the way forward."

The government has come under further pressure as Anna Hazare has threatened to go for another strike from 16th of August. 15th August is India’s independence day.

"Critics of the Indian government say that scandals point towards the corruption in Doctor Manmohan Singh’s cabinet. Incidentally he was known as one of the cleanest politicians India has ever seen.

And now this is reaching other areas as well. A recent survey warns that India's corruption scandals could derail its economic growth - its strongest strength. Shweta Bajaj, CCTV, New Delhi, India"



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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