China is making headlines around the world today and it’s not because of its growing economic clout but because of its growing intolerance towards corruption. Yeah, one should not compare India and China, because the main difference between the two countries is in it’s governance. We are a democratic nation and right now have a coalition government with partners that need to be pleased. China on the other hand can do whatever she wants, but still I cannot help comparing because corruption is a subject close to my heart.
China has actually sacked almost 100,000 members of the Communist Party for corruption! Whew. A hundred thousand! Here sacking even one person raises such a storm!
A quote from a Business Week article:
Gan Yisheng, vice secretary of the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, told a news conference that 97,260 members of Communist Party were punished, and that more than 80 percent of them took bribes and violated the party’s financial and economic rules…the cases include China’s former top statistician Qiu Xiaohua, who is accused of taking bribes and having more than one wife. Besides Qiu, the other high-profile case that stunned Chinese political circles was the arrest last year of Shanghai’s former Communist Party chief Chen Liangyu, detained in a pension fund scandal that has ensnared more than a dozen officials and business executives.
Well, our approach in India appears quite lame compared to this. An approach I guess in tune with a democracy?? We have committees and panels and thats how it all begins. In fact, just a few days ago a part of the report of the government appointed Reforms Commission headed by Congress leader Veerappa Moily was released. Moily has been busy trying to spearhead all kinds of reforms in the Government and this includes Ethics in governance. A quote:
In a slew of recommendations aimed at introducing a generous dose of ethics in governance, the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) has pushed for constitutional amendments to bar mid-stream realignment of parties in a coalition, let the President decide on defections and empower citizens to file cases to recover loss of public money due to corruption.
It has also made out a case against the “peculiar” practice of the judiciary playing a singularly important role in appointing judges and backed the demand for a National Judicial Council with powers to appoint and remove judges
Sound really good doesn’t it? But are these recommendations going to see the light of day? We know how easily recommendations that don’t suit the government are set aside, like the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission on the Reservation Policy. And as the news report goes on to say:
This is the Commission’s fourth report to the government; there has been no official word on the fate of the previous three. The reports, commissioned by the department of administrative reforms, have been sent to the ministries concerned for their comments. Monday’s report will have to go through this process too.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!