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Spectrum of graft
The scale of the telecoms scam in India is shocking. In this Arab News editorial, the paper says the country’s PM cannot escape responsibility for corruption of his Cabinet colleagues.
November 21, 2010 10:36 by Samuel Potter
Clearly, Singh or the Congress leadership chose not to rein in Raja, who represented a regional ally DMK in the government, let alone act against the minister so as not to upset the coalition apple cart. Mr. Clean chose the survival of his government, dependent on DMK’s 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha, over probity and accountability. Which is a sad reflection more on the cynical nature of politics in the world’s largest democracy, rather than on Singh’s leadership and integrity.
Unfortunately for the Congress, India’s grand old party that spearheaded the Independence movement, it remains hopelessly mired in corruption culture even when it’s seen as a more reasonable, secular choice over the rabid, right-wing BJP. Over the past few months, three scams have come to light in a row. Last month even as the country was still recovering from the shock of the Commonwealth Games scandal, it was outraged by the Adarsh Housing Society scam involving Maharashtra chief minister and many top Maharashtra politicians. Every known case of fraud though looks almost harmless compared to what a brazen Raja has gifted to the nation. And having tried to shield him all this while, Singh, picked up by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for the top job for his impeccable credentials, may end up as the fall guy. At stake though is not just Singh’s legacy but the future of India. Where’s India headed as a nation? This is a question that must concern all Indians. As Gandhi warned this week, India’s moral universe is fast shrinking and it should be a source of concern to all Indians.
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