Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Monday, August 29, 2011

FW: {satyapravah} About the RSS involvement in the movement against corruption


        About the RSS involvement in the movement against corruption
By Shri Ashok Chowgule
August 26, 2011
Many communal leaders are making it look like that the involvement of
the RSS and its cadre in the movement against corruption as
'saffronising' the event. Of course, the term 'saffronising' for them
is with an intention to demonise the movement and make it look like
something that will harm the nation.
While the communal leaders are doing what would be expected of them,
this refrain has been picked up by the so-called secularists and
so-called intellectuals. Once again they have exposed themselves as
being on the same page as the communal leaders on issues.
If the RSS involvement in movements of importance to the nation is to be
seen as the movement causing harm to the nation, then one should say
that the fight against the Emergency of 1975 was also a communal affair.
It is well known that nearly 80% of those who were jailed during this
period were picked up ONLY because they were members of the RSS. While
many 'intellectuals', etc., talk with pride about their involvement in
the movement against the Emergency, they will never bring out the fact
that the foot soldiers belonged primarily to the RSS activists.
Some have acknowledged this fact, but only in passing, and that too once
or twice. Kuldip Nayar once wrote: "One day in July, at five in the
morning, there was a knock on my door. I was arrested and sent to Tihar.
The place was full of RSS workers."
Of course, these RSS workers were not there as jailers, but as jailed!
If these 'secularists' and 'intellectuals' persist on ignoring this
fact, then perhaps they should be reminded what Jayprakash Narayan had
said, namely: "I believe you have a historic role to play.... I have
great expectations from this revolutionary organisation which has taken
up the challenge of creating a new India. I have welcomed your venture
wholeheartedly. Sometimes I have offered you my advice and have even
criticised you, but that was as a friend...There is no other
organisation in the country which can match you...The RSS should think
over this: how to bring about economic transformation? How to transform
the villages? [Jayprakash Narayan, in an address to a RSS training camp
in Bihar, November 3, 1977.]
It is yet another exposure of the bankruptcy of intellectualism in India
that they are able to resort to an argument only on the basis of labels
and not logic.


Fwd: FW: {satyapravah} Under A Dangerous Motto




Dear Friends

Please read the Non-cprrupt IAS officers life story. We need more of such officers in every place.

Dr. Ambekar



Under A Dangerous Motto

By refusing to take bribes, the Madurai collector has earned 18 transfers in 20 years, a modest house and bank balance and lots of respect


On a hot summer afternoon, on Madurai's busy main road, the district collector, U. Sagayam, saw a young man talking on a cellphone while riding a motorbike. He asked his driver to wave the man down, got down from his car and meted out instant punishment: plant 10 saplings within 24 hours. Somewhat unconventional justice, some might say. But that's how Sagayam works.

'Lanjam Thavirtthu, Nenjam Namartthu' (Reject bribes, hold your head high), says a board hanging above Sagayam's chair in his modest office. That's the code he lives by, even if politicians are incensed they cannot bend him their way—he's been transferred 18 times in the last 20 years—and has made enemies of both superiors and subordinates. "I know I sit under a dangerous slogan and probably alienate people," he says. "But I have been the same Sagayam from Day 1. Standing up against corruption is not for a season. Nor is it a fad. It's forever."

Two years ago, as district collector of Namakkal, he voluntarily declared his assets: a bank balance of Rs 7,172 and a house in Madurai worth Rs 9 lakh. Once, when his baby daughter, Yalini, who had breathing problems, was suddenly taken ill, he did not have the Rs 5,000 needed for admitting her to a private hospital. At that time he was deputy commissioner (excise) in Coimbatore and there were 650 liquor licences to be given out. The going bribe for each was rumoured to be Rs 10,000.

Sagayam started cleaning up Madurai the minute he landed here. The main bus terminus at Mattuthavani looked more like a bazaar, with shops all over the bus-shelters and no waiting place for passengers. Even a police outpost had been turned into a shop. The system was well-oiled with haftas to local politicians and policemen. Sagayam quickly went through the rulebook, cited the relevant clauses and cleaned up the entire area. But didn't it hit poor shopkeepers who lost their livelihood? "A violation is a violation," says Sagayam, "but we will help them rehabilitate." Nageshwaran, a taxi-driver and one of Sagayam's many fans, says, "He's strict and hasn't taken even ten paise in bribe during his career. He's like the upright collectors they show in some films, a real hero with integrity."

Sagayam's masters degrees in social work and law come in useful in his role as an administrator. He knows the rulebooks in detail and is not afraid of using them, however powerful the opponent. No wonder then that Sagayam's career is marked with the scars of countless battles.




When errant village officers ganged up to get Sagayam transferred, people protested and the order was rescinded.



When he was in Kanchipuram as revenue officer, he took on the sand mafia, ordering them to stop dredging sand from the Palar riverbed. Large-scale dredging had made the area flood-prone. The mafia sent goons to assault Sagayam, but he did not budge and would not take back the order. He also took on a mighty soft-drink mnc when a consumer showed him a bottle with dirt floating in it. He sealed the bottling unit and banned the sale of the soft drink in the city. In Chennai, he locked horns with a restaurant chain and recovered four acres valued at some Rs 200 crore.


Given such credentials, it wasn't surprising for him to be picked by the Election Commission to oversee elections in Madurai, as famous for its temples as its political gods. During the last polls, Sagayam took on M.K. Azhagiri, the local MP and son of former CM and DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi. He conducted voter awareness campaigns in colleges; the DMK petitioned the court twice, seeking to end what it said was an attempt to influence voters, but the court demurred.

Sagayam's wife Vimala has stood by him all these years but she was rattled by some of the threats during the elections. "He always says if you are right, nobody can hurt you," she says. "But sometimes it becomes difficult."

Sagayam takes a hands-on approach to his work. He holds a Monday 'durbar', at which anyone can meet him with their complaints. During tours of the district for review meetings and inspections, he will suddenly stop a school bus to talk to children or duck into a school to take a class. When students tell him they want to be IAS or IPS officers, he asks, "It's all well to say now that you'll be honest, but will you remain unbending about not taking bribes throughout your career?"

Some months back, while driving to a village, he found a 92-year-old woman cleaning rice. She said she had to work in order to eat. He immediately sanctioned Rs 1,000 as old-age pension for her. When 60-year-old Vellamma met him during a tour of Uthappanaikkanoor village this week and asked him to grant her a pension, he said, "I can do that. But do you want me to send your son to jail too—for abandoning you?" He said it with a smile, as a joke, but he has in fact taken action against children who don't take care of their aging parents.

"I believe, as Mahatma Gandhi said, that India lives in her villages," says Sagayam, who also idolises Subhash Chandra Bose. His years as a collector—he has slept overnight in village schools many times—have convinced him to better the lot of villagers by strengthening the village administrative officer (VAO) system. Many VAOs have never visited villages and often stay miles away from where they should be, in cities. In Namakkal, his action against errant VAOs had them ganging up with politicians to get him transferred. Over 5,000 villagers protested, saying they wouldn't let Sagayam go. The politicians had to retreat.

Sagayam says he learnt honesty on his mother's knees. He is the youngest of four sons of a farmer from Pudukottai. "Our adjoining field had mango trees and my friends and I would pick the fallen fruit," he says. "But my mother made me throw the mangoes away, saying I should enjoy only what is mine." Now his daughter Yalini wants to become a collector. When she has an argument with her brother Arun, she asks her father, "Is he really your son? He just told a lie!" Both of them are proud of their father. Recently, after a long time, the Sagayam family went on a vacation to Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. While visiting a gurudwara, a stranger came up to their father and asked him, "Aren't you IAS officer Mr Sagayam?" Yalini and Arun have not stopped beaming.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

" India on the streets " by Chetan Bhagat

" India on the streets " -  by Chetan Bhagat

We have all had that one uncle who keeps on reminding you how India is terrible. He tells you about how every government authority takes bribes - from the RTO to the ration shop to the municipality. He will tell you how no government department does its job well - the potholed roads, abysmal conditions at government schools and poor healthcare all being examples to support your uncle's theory. It is hard to argue with him, for he is right. Things don't work. There is no justice. Power talks. Equality doesn't exist. All of this, even though uncomfortable to hear, rings somewhat true.

However, the uncle goes on to say this: "Nothing will ever change." He is convinced that our society is damaged irreparably, and India is destined to live in misery. Uncle Cynic goes on to doubt almost everyone, assumes the worst in people, and anyone who is trying to improve the country is branded as someone with a hidden agenda.

This is where i think the uncle gets it wrong, horribly wrong. For it is one thing to point out the problems, it is quite another to give up trying to fix them. Cynicism is not a counter-argument, it is an attitude. For the fact is we still have good people in the country: in society and even in government departments. It is just that they are crushed.

I don't want to give you the reasons why you must support Anna Hazare. It is almost beneath Anna's dignity that he actually has to beg or make a case for support when he is fighting for you, against an abusive, corrupt regime. Still, let me do a quick recap of the facts.

Anna did a fast in April, which became the nation's movement and spread virally. Concerned, the government agreed to make a good Lokpal Bill, shook hands with the activists and in principle agreed to Anna's version, designed to truly check corruption. Since then, the government has insulted Anna's team, thrown away their draft, and come up with its own almost pointless draft of the Lokpal Bill.

The draft the government is presenting to Parliament will not check corruption. Only 0.5%, or one in 200 government officials are under its purview. Your corrupt ration shop, RTO, passport office, panchayats or municipal authority will not be covered. State scams will not be covered - yes, the Adarsh society scam or the Jharkhand scams are all out of its purview. The prime minister is excluded as well. Ever heard of a corruption law in a democracy that only applies to a certain section of people?

The government is throwing magic dust in your eyes - and counting on India's illiterate and ignorant to not know the difference. However, you reading this are educated. You know when wrong is being committed. You know that while you have lived your life with corruption, you do not want your children to do the same. A bad Lokpal Bill may not affect you today - but tomorrow it will hit you when your child does not get a college seat, when your hospital gives shoddy treatment, when your government work doesn't get done. We live in a poor country - poor not because we don't have what it takes to be rich, but because our leaders have let us down. We have given them too much power, and they consider our vote as a mandate to steal and be incompetent. They hate accountability. However, without accountability, our progress will stall. There are countries where the average income per person is 50 times more than in India. Don't we deserve the same?

Thus, whatever your personal view on Anna, it is not him but his cause that needs support. The government can crush a few activists. However, it cannot crush India on the streets. A peaceful, firm, decisive protest is every Indian's birthright, and must be exercised in times of need. Come Monday, and we Indians have a job to do. We have to save our country's future.

A word for the government too. Just what exactly are you thinking when you are trying to shove an impotent law down people's throats? And what makes you feel that threatening, crushing or insulting Anna will take away people's need to rid India of corruption? Anna did not create an anti-corruption sentiment, he merely tapped into it. Crushing Anna will not take away that sentiment. It will just make it fester more. Right now, the movement is still controlled. By going back on your word, displaying arrogance and not listening to the people, you are risking the country's descent into chaos. Be careful. Accountability is much easier to deal with than anarchy. Fix the Lokpal Bill now, please.

Finally, for the people of India, it is time to prove Uncle Cynic wrong. There is a bigger truth than his 'nothing ever changes in India'. That truth comes from the Gita, which states "Nothing is permanent". The Gita also says, "When the pot of sin overflows, something happens to restore order." Now, it is up to you to determine if the pot of sin has overflowed. It is for you to say what it means for Indians to act out their dharma. And you, and only you, will decide if it is time to come on the streets.

(The writer is a best-selling novelist)