Human Nature - Part 1 of 3 - Money Matters
Vasu Reddy From Chicago
The last two INC governments had a massive share of scams by elected officials. In just about every area of governance, money was scammed in huge amounts. Even after the party was voted out of office, the old scams continue to come to light and the ministers facing the investigators and courts.
2014 electoral victory by the BJP and nationwide rejection of INC was primarily associated with the wide spread abuse of the office by the INC leadership in looting the public coffers.
To date with the administration. Modi keeps his immediate group of ministers and bureaucrats on a very short leash. His reputation for micro management and no money needed approach seems to hold well at the center.
What is beginning to surface is the peripheral issues of his ministers involved in individual decisions that are deviating the government from its focus on issues on hand. What also is coming as head line news is of the state level leaders being accused of scams and also the past deeds of association with people who are no longer in the good books with government, law and also the public.
The 24/7/365 press and internet play a great part in exposing even the minute issues and there is no escaping the watchful eyes of hundreds of millions of mobile cameras waiting to capture everything. Nothing and no one is any longer away from the glaring eyes of the prying masses.
There are several instances of the state level BJP leadership where issues have begun to crop up as they did when INC was in power. Some of the state level ministers have shown their indulgences as the leaders of INC did. Modi can certainly contain the state level governments as he does the central leadership. He can crack the whip quickly to enforce the same level of scrutiny as he does at the center with all levels of government. Exposing the politicians who dig into public coffers and more so to bring them to swift justice will stop future abuse of power. All Modi has to do is to keep the pressure at all levels of government, and continued scrutiny and continued vigilance will keep the politicians in tow and start to discourage them from digging into public coffers.
The value of communications and constant vigil by the public and the government will slowly eliminate the rampant abuse of power and scams, as it has been shown in the past year. People getting caught quickly and are taken to task, and the central leadership is dissuading the politicians and bureaucrats form scamming, should at least start to limit the abuses. Money will continue to matter to politicians as the scale of the economy is only getting bigger and bigger, and the scope for creating loop holes also gets bigger, but the fear of exposure and public censure will definitely limit the blatancy in looting the public wealth.