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April 08, 2011 (Friday) : Impasse broken

Stalemate persisted on the twin issues about which Government said yesterday that it had reservations. A meeting to be held in the morning with the representatives of activists on the Lok-Pal (ombudsman) bill was deferred for the evening. Government view was that "If you insist that a nominee of your side is a chairman of the joint committee, in that event the constitution of the committee will not consist of ministers from our end but it will consist of officials of Government of India in which eventuality you can have your nominee as chairman of the joint committee." Kapil Sibal, on behalf of Government, also conveyed that they are comfortable with announcing the formation of the committee that will include activists. But a formal notification will set a worrying precedent of allowing non-elected representatives of the people to demand a big share in legislation, which is the prerogative of elected government.

It was indeed an unfortunate development as the issues were trivial in the evolving context of rampant corruption and unprecedented delay of 42 years in passing the bill in the parliament. Primarily, our elected representatives had failed in their duty and hence the situation had arisen that matter was being deliberated on the street – not in the parliament. It was clear though that the movement would have shot in arm if the impasse prolonged on trivial issues like this. The crowd at Jantar-matar has been swelling where Anna Hazare has been conducting fast unto death along with hundred others accompanying him in the fast. One could see that people have been coming in continuous stream. Ram Deo Baba, a yoga icon of mass following, has also joined Anna Hazare at Jantar-mantar today. Many known personalities from Indian film industry and social scene had joined Anna Hazare on the dias. Looking at the size of crowd at Jantar – Mantar and spontaneous support across the cities in India, one agitator exclaimed, “Who is the foolhardy in the Government wasting time to hold on the formation of Joint Committee?”

Corruption and inflation are two issues which affect Indian psyche in a similar fashion as Cricket. These issues have the potential to unify country – a dreadful prospect from the point of view of politicians who never ever will miss an opportunity to arouse sentiments of people on divisive issues like caste, religion, language and even dogmas. The politicians, however, have been generally clueless about corruption and inflation. As far as inflation is concerned, they do not understand it and prefer to let Reserve Bank of India deal with it, who in turn, will tweak interest and growth rates with a bunch of economists explaining intricacies of the exercise. On the other hand, politicians will not bother about corruption as it is the bedrock of their power structure.

Both these issues, however, have the potential to wreck the applecart. It had happened in the past. It might happen again. In the recent memory, the Government of Rajeev Gandhi was uprooted on the issue of corruption by V.P.Singh who galvanized the issue of Bofors kick back. The Government of Atal Bihari Bajpai was uprooted due to many factors, including the issue of price of onion before election!

In the matter of corruption, past agitations or movements, however popular and powerful, failed to bring about the desired result. The most it could achieve was a change in the guards. That is it. Corruption remained; only the faces changed. Clearly, it is not only important that people raise slogans, but it is also equally important that they understand the menace of corruption for a lasting solution. The agitation of Anna Hazare, this time, is different in this particular aspect. The movement has been looking for solution of corruption in Lok-Pal bill rather than targeting change of Guard as of now. One can sense this with the ongoing discussions that the people anger has been targeted against “politicians in general”. The office bearers on behalf Government, as a matter of fact, have been the face of Indian political establishment as far as this agitation is concerned.

Over the years, corruption has been institutionalized by politicians with the help of bureaucrats and businessmen. Every powerful segment of society has varying stake in the pie. The transition of society is so complete that common people actually expects that their leaders are corrupt, rich and the ones who can get things done by a mere blink of their eyes. One does not earn respect unless awed or feared. Political class knows this and therefore ensures that these aspirations of people are fulfilled.

Lack of political vision is scary here. Since Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shashtri, India is flowing in world stream without a vision. No one is concerned about the growing power of China. No one is concerned about the acute water problem. No one knows how to provide for acute shortage of electricity. Government works on ad-hoc basis confronting issues and problems as they are presented. Once again, ad-hoc governance is but just a very fertile bed for corruption to grow with public servants having lifetime opportunity to amass wealth.

Today, India progresses on the basis of economic clout resulting from advancement of global technology and expanding domestic consumer base. India is a growing commercial hub, which has a natural dynamics of growth. A popular saying sums up the situation, “The India progresses when Government sleeps”. A very peculiar aspect of growth is that Indians do not believe in inventing the wheel. Why to invent computers when it is already invented. Why to think about telecommunication when advances are being made elsewhere. Why to design a ship when it is available on the shelves. Why to make planes when countries line up to sale their planes. As a matter of fact, it is perfectly smart thinking.

Problem arises, however, when “problem” is country specific. How to feed 1210 MM mouth? How to provide basic requirement of electricity? How to provide drinking water? How to modernize defense? How to improve general health? How to create jobs? How to tackle terrorism? How to contain the price of fuel? How to decongest overcrowded cities? This list is almost endless and needs indigenous thinking and effort. Solutions to these problems cannot be imported. Has anybody heard about these thinking or related visions? The point is that corruption is not about bribery only. It takes away the very sense of a nation and associated vision. Each of the states like UP, Bihar, Orisa, Maharastra, Tamilnadu, West Bengal etc are almost countries in their own right. Corruption in governing so many populous states only makes matters worse.

By the evening, better sense prevailed. Government ceded to Anna Hazare’s demands who, in turn, announced that he would break his fast tomorrow morning at around 10 AM once official communication with respect to Joint Committee is made available to him.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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