Friday, June 10, 2011

Lok Pal Bill : Letter from Shri Shanti Bhushan to the Finance Minister

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  1. Drafting of Lokball Bill

    Dear Sh Shanti Bhushan jee

    1.Your letter to FM has been brilliantly written covering all aspects of the Draft being prepared for the Lokpal Bill. Well Done.

    2.We the Defence Veterans are totally in agreement with points being projected by the Civil Society Members and would request you all to continue to press for these issues. Lokpal Bill must be strong enough to deliver to the people of India “Corruption free environment” which should act as catalyst for good governance

    3.We implore all members of the Civil Society to stick to all the points put up by you. The whole nation will support you. If required, press for referendum on these aspects of the Bill. The PM, judiciary, MPs and all public servants, infact every one in the country be brought under the “Lokpal”

    4.On more issue, we wish to bring to your notice is that the Defence Officers are selected through a very deep and stringent selection process at the Services Selection Board and have the basic qualities of head and heart in them. The experiences they gain through the inservice period further enrich them to handle national issues. While the other countries like USA, UK etc extensively use their experience and expertise, India totally ignores this aspect except ones or two made Governors.

    5.We would therefore, request you to strongly project inclusion of suitable Defence personnel in the selection committee of Lokpal and Lok Ayukta as well as part of the Lokpal and Lok Ayukta benches. Please DO NOT FORGET THE SOLDIER. They will deliver the best to the nation.

    God Bless you God Speed.

    With Regards,

    Jai Hind

    Yours Sincerely,

    Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
    Vice Chairman, IESM

  2. However, these are merely the facts of reality, not what Manish Tiwari and
    Pranab Mukherjee would like to believe. They, like their other colleagues
    in the government, are obviously passing through hallucinations and
    illusions. In Anna Hazare, they are seeing a heavily armed warrior - 'a
    tyrant' - at the head of an angry army of India's masses charging
    ferociously straight into them. The scenario reminds us of Wordsworth's
    adolescent thief who was fleeing with his stolen boat but felt the hilltop
    behind was chasing him so menacingly that the farther he roved the bigger
    the shadow loomed over him. The more the government tries to shoo away the
    Lokpal and anti-corruption uproar, the more vigorous becomes the public
    outcry against corruption. Indian politicians could not have had more
    decent and loving enemies than Anna Hazare and his candle wielding masses or
    Baba Ramdev with his devotees practising abstinence and yoga. Arrogant
    governments in West Asia and North Africa are facing more violent and
    destructive uprisings. We have a choice to change peacefully.

    While anxiety of those in power is understandable, they cannot avoid the
    problem by facing in the other direction. The tide is unstoppable. The
    people deserve and demand an effective Lokpal to rein in rampant corruption
    and they shall have it either with your cooperation or the tumult will crush
    authoritarian arrogance and install people's choice