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Who will guard the guards?

November 18, 2011 2 comments

India must work on more freedom, less governance model of polity – unlike Desert Bloc systems that need more laws, more powers that limit freedom.

Anna Hazare has an empty agenda. Zero ideology. (Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; source and courtesy - timescontent.com). Click for source image.

Anna Hazare has an empty agenda. Zero ideology. (Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; source and courtesy - timescontent.com). Click for source image.

Santosh Hegde ran protection money cartel as Karnataka Lokayukta, claims IPS officer

A senior police officer who was part of the Karnataka Lokayukta during Justice N. Santosh Hegde’s tenure has alleged that the watchdog was steeped in corruption.

In an interview to a Kannada daily, IPS officer Madhukar Shetty said: “The officers have formed a cartel to extract protection money from a particular department in return for a free run.” Shetty, who was the SP in the Lokayukta’s police wing during Hegde’s tenure, is now in the US on study leave for two years. (via http://indiatoday.intoday.in | Santosh Hegde ran protection money cartel as Karnataka Lokayukta, claims IPS officer).

Seduced by the glamour of 'progress', media attention, moral 'superiority', the anti-corruption crusade is an empty jihad. (Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; Posted On Friday, April 29, 2011; source and courtesy - mumbaimirror.com). Click for source image.

Seduced by the glamour of 'progress', media attention, moral 'superiority', the anti-corruption crusade is an empty jihad. (Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; Posted On Friday, April 29, 2011; source and courtesy - mumbaimirror.com). Click for source image.

Even if this is untrue

Even if these accusations are not true, this brings an important question to fore: Is more governance an answer to a corrupt system?  So you put a Lokayukta on top of all the politicians – how do you ensure that he/she is not corrupt? In fact – as the IPS officer alleges, the Lokayutka was running his own “protection money racket.”

Pay me or else I will report you!

What India needs

Both Anuraag’s model of भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra or the Indic Triad of Freedom, presented in Operation Red Lotus, view Indic polity that makes freedom not governance as the basis for a political system.  The question of who will guard the guards was answered by devolution of power, not concentration of power.

As long as India continues to embrace Desert Bloc models of top-down hierarchical systems of polity, questions such as “who will guard the guards” remain relevant.

Empty ideas

The proposed लोकपाल or a national Ombudsman will aggregate this power even further!

Will Anna Hazare look within India for answers or continue to be seduced by western models with Indian names?

Will Anna Hazare listen?


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100 cr Award against Times Now – Has anyone got any award so fast?

November 17, 2011 7 comments

Can Indian judiciary be seen to be taking care of its own?

This award seems to fortify the impression that people have of the judiciary - so well represented in this cartoon. |  Cartoon by Manjul; Published on 26-12-2009; source and courtesy - manjul.com  |  Click for source image.

This award seems to fortify the impression that people have of the judiciary - so well represented in this cartoon. | Cartoon by Manjul; Published on 26-12-2009; source and courtesy - manjul.com | Click for source image.

Justice Verma, who chairs the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) set up by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), said he was reminded of an incident long back when a weekly magazine had published a photograph of Justice K Ramaswamy instead of Justice V Ramaswami in an article relating to the impeachment of Justice V Ramaswami.

“At that time, every one of us in the Supreme Court, including Justice K Ramaswamy himself, just ignored it because no one could attribute anything wrong to Justice K Ramaswamy, whose photo had been wrongly published instead of that of Justice V Ramaswami,” he said.

The Supreme Court earlier in the day had refused to interfere with a Mumbai High Court order under which Times Now news channel was asked to deposit Rs 20 crore in cash and to give a bank guarantee of Rs 80 crore before its appeal against a trial court award of damages of Rs 100 crore to former apex court judge P B Sawant could be heard.

On a defamation suit by Justice Sawant, the Pune district court had ordered the company to pay him Rs 100 crore as damages. (via news.outlookindia.com | Wish Justice Sawant Ignored Media Lapse: Justice Verma).

3 questions that are troubling me

Has anyone got any case resolved so fast – from the Pune District Court to the Supreme Court, and back.

So very fast.

Has any other litigant won any award which was anywhere even close to this. Say 1% or 2% of this award?

The Lordships may end up promoting a belief that the judiciary is taking care of its own. Is that the impression that the Indian judiciary wants to promote?


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