Tuesday, April 03, 2012
All Systems Needs Grease
Vasu Reddy From Chicago
The latest CBI charges against Jagan and multitude of senior level officers in the AP government was expected. The pressure of politics adds to the charges that are superficial and mainly aimed at crippling the newly found vigor in campaign of a new party against the incumbent party, while the incumbent party is struggling with keeping the power. What is ironic of the latest CBI charges against Jagan are that the late YSR is being projected as the person behind siphoning resources to help fund his son’s businesses by providing benefits to companies that became investors in them.
The big issues with the current set of charges are multiple:
The person behind the accusations has been dead for some time – The gentleman has been dead, and when he died he was the king maker for congress. Unflinching in his attitude and policies that gave power to the party twice, while facing serious issues with regional issues within the state, he helped the party t retain and remain in power. The INC is the oldest Party in India, and should at least respect its dead leaders. Let the gentleman should be left to rest in peace, and not drag him into the dirt.
YSR single handedly instrumental for Congress retaining power in two elections – He was the pride of congress and always was beaming with pride while he handled the governance and politics. It is for sure he raised money for the party as does everyone else.
What about the entire cabinet and bureaucracy that functioned under YSR while he was making these unilateral decisions – While dragging a dead man into accusations, what happened to the cabinet, party leaders at center and the bureaucrats who were all in power. There is no absolute way YSR could have done something wrong by himself. The party takes credit for all the good he has done and now blames him for wrongdoing?
The central leadership received the benefit of YSR’s leadership and also his ability to raise money – If a few favors were done to benefit Jagan’s companies what happened to the benefits received by the center? India is full of dynastic politics and taking care if ones people while in power. It is ironic that the INC accuses YSR of helping his son, as INC if full of nepotism from the day it was formed, and should look at its own self even today. If the family did not help it’s own, and itself the government would have been democratic long time ago.
What happened to the advisors who were with him if he made these deals that benefited his son’s businesses – Where are the team of experts and leaders who followed YSR while in power and making decisions? For sure we don’t see their names in the current accusations.
YSR could not have done the deals by himself in two successive governments without the blessings of the center – For all the things that are being thrown at YSR, no possible way the gentleman could have done anything without the help of the party and its leadership. He remained loyal to the party throughout his life and died doing his job.
India is full of systems that need grease constantly, and although there is no public support for helping raise money for the party, it is a common practice to having to fund the party activities. The scale with which this government has been exposing its own party men involved in scams is unprecedented. While every political party involves in raising money and keep the party functioning, the current leadership in center seem to be forgetting that it needs to govern the country and its resources, rather sending its own leadership to Tihar, after realizing the benefit of their politics and fund raising.
The country really needs to introspect on top down and sideways of its leadership, and find ways to curtail the misuse of political power, and find democratic ways to manage politics and policies. It should first stop witch hunting dead men and its own support structure when they revolt, and put forth policies that provide open governance and stop looting public resources.