Thursday, August 18, 2011

Common man loses Confidence and Screams for an effective Lokpal

India Inc uneasy at Hazare standoff
At the end of this month, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh and his friends from India Inc — who had earlier collectively written an open letter to the Prime Minister and his political establishment — plan to meet once again and take their own crusade against corruption and governance deficit forward.
Industry chambers have spoken, calling for a balanced reaction from the government. They echo a popular sentiment that while Parliament has the right to make laws, individuals enjoy the freedom of speech and assembly.
"We strongly support any process or mechanism that will lead to good governance and weed out corruption from all walks of life," said Dilip Modi, president of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
"Industry believes it has a strong role to play in fighting corruption and, therefore, we have already developed the first version of a Code of Business Ethics," said a spokesperson of the Confederation of Indian Industry.
Marico chairman Harsh Mariwala, also chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, is more realistic than many of his peers. "Anna Hazare is a symbol. The fight is a bigger one on corruption. When you lose faith in the entire system, it becomes difficult for the common man to have confidence in the political establishment. But a Lok Pal Bill alone cannot solve all the problems. There has to be a much bigger overhaul of all discretionary powers," he said.
Cyber citizens from India Inc have been active for the past few days. Some have been pragmatic, some circumspect yet cautious, while some are outspoken as ever. "Let's not be bogged down with scams by a few. Let's hold our heads high and focus on the numerous reasons we have to be proud, independent Indians," tweeted the king of good times and Rajya Sabha MP, Vijay Mallya.
M&M's Anand Mahindra, a corporate leader behind many social campaigns, -- seems to suggest the writing is on the wall for all to see. "Democracy means no voice, however small, must go unheard. The anti-corruption sentiment is not a whisper -- it's a scream. Grave error to ignore it," he warned.
Kiran Mazumdar-ShawBiotech's Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is appalled at what has been happening for the past 48 hours. She tweeted several times in seeming despair. "The government is committing political harakiri -- as they say, if you are in a hole, stop digging!...." and then added, "The UPA Government has lost the plot -- they have incited the entire country by putting Anna behind bars .... The country-wide agitation against Anna's imprisonment can bring the Government down -- they don't seem to understand how incandescent the issue."
However, the stoic silence of most others may seem odd as they were vocal in their reactions before, when Hazare first led his protest outside Jantar Mantar in April. "We are sick of corruption," leading industrialist and Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj had then remarked. But since then, the slugfest over a Lok Pal and need for a legal framework for it has become overtly political.
Source: Business Standard
India Inc uneasy at Hazare standoff
Comment: The Parliament and Politicians should echo the Citizens Voice and not their own agenda of spinning money. The best constitutional experts need to be consulted to make an effective Lokpal bIll- not by vested Lawyers and Bureaucrats.

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