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Indian prime minister insults the nation

 

HONG KONG (SE): “The mindless atmosphere of negativity and pessimism that is sought to be created over the issue of corruption can do us no good,” said the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, on October 10, in condemning a widespread protest movement running under the theme of India Against Corruption.

Singh’s outburst has prompted people to question exactly what good he expects corruption will do for the nation.

The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission says that Singh “has attacked and insulted the collective aspiration of the nation that longs for the government to set up an effective mechanism to end all forms of corruption in India.”

The commission defines pessimism as a state of mind in which we anticipate undesirable outcomes or believe that the evil or hardship in life outweighs the good or luxury.

It calls the negativity effect a tendency in people, when evaluating the causes of the behaviour of a person they dislike, to attribute their positive behaviour to the environment and their negative behaviour to the person’s inherent nature.

“So,” the commission asks, “what does Mr. Singh think is positive about corruption?”

It points out that corruption affects everyone of every sector in a society and fuels anger against authorities.

In a statement released on October 10, the Asian Human Rights Commission says, “(This commission) believes that terming this as pessimism and as negativity, is nothing less than insulting the collective intellect of the people. It is disrespect to the principle of democracy and is plain and simple dishonesty played upon the soul of the nation.”

It further questions Singh’s assumption that speaking against corruption will affect the morale of the executive, as it points out that an executive with morals cannot be corrupt nor defend corruption.

The commission points out, “Protecting such a corrupt executive, Mr. Prime Minister, and the state policies that nurture corruption, is what has resulted in scandalous coal mine allocations; in the 2G scam; and in the miserable image the country reiterated in front of the whole world during the Commonwealth Games.”

It adds that corruption is costly, saying, “Much of national wealth is lost to corruption daily in the country. From the 10, 50 and 100 rupees that a police constable collects in broad daylight for petty traffic offences to the crores (system of converting rupees into millions of American dollars) of rupees that ministers, bureaucrats and judges demand and accept for illegal favours is nothing but open and wanton corruption. It is this corruption that shamelessly keeps India locked with miserable life indices worse than countries like Somalia.”

The commission calls corruption a crime against humanity, saying that it is stealing from the poor and results in the murder of citizens on a daily basis.

It adds that it also results in lies being told to the international community about progress in India. 

It cites a statement made to the United Nations General Assembly on October 10 by L. K. Advani, claiming that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act of 2005 has considerably reduced poverty and malnutrition in India as nothing more than a lie spawned by corruption at the highest levels of government.

The commission calls this an offence against the Indian people of the highest level reflective of a mindless negativity in the executive.

 

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