Friday, November 13, 2009

A call for 2nd Freedom Struggle - Freedom from Political Corruption by Col Karan Kharb

Dear Friend,

We have been failing in our struggle against injustice as groups and individuals because the menace of corruption and crime has found safe sanctuaries in corridors of high power in our governing system. What a pity that a nation rich in natural resources, skilled human resource, universally acknowledged brain-power and a booming industry has farmers starving and dying in debt and war veterans running from pillar to post. In contrast to the 21st Century affluence, poverty-stricken tribals make you mistake India for Somalia, Rwanda and now even Afghanistan. There is no rule of law. Look at the deeds of naxalites from Bengal to Maharashtra, MNS in Mumbai or separatists in J&K. No one seems to have the courage to raise voice against MCPA or Raj Thackeray. Today, shamefully we are among the 20 worst corrupt nations of the world.

Administration is unresponsive, legal process too costly and torturously time consuming, leaders and political parties oblivious of bigger national interests remain busy furthering their own interests through divisive tactics that has only promoted animosities among castes, communities and regions. Indianhood is in danger.

Time was when we hailed soldiers and farmers with inspiring slogans like ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan’. Today he who gives nation its bread is starving and another who protects it from all dangers is haplessly insecure and demoralized. By treating ‘Corruption’, the mother of all ills in our governance today, we can make real advances in achieving genuine peace, prosperity and harmonious development in a genuinely all-inclusive manner.

We need to launch a 2nd Freedom Struggle – freedom from corruption & crime in our polity. Fortunately, we have a Gandhian veteran, Shri Shambhu Dutta who, at the call of Mahatama Gandhi, courted imprisonment in the 1942 Quite India Movement by resigning his job as a young Civilian Gazetted Officer in the then IAOC. He met Gandhiji in 1944. In free India he again courted imprisonment by opposing the 1975 Emergency. Since the last forty years he has been working from Delhi as a volunteer in the Servants of the People Society, founded by Lala Lajpat Rai and inaugurated by Gandhiji at Lahore in 1921. He is now the Hony. General Secretary of the Gandhian Satyagraha Brigade, Lajpat Bhawan, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi 110024. I am herewith attaching his letters to the Prime Minister, MPs, and some of the Cabinet Ministers in this connection. As you would see, these communications have been positively acknowledged with assurances by the honourable Prime Minister, Shri Veerappa Moily, the Law Minister and other concerned ministeries/departments. The momentum is building up in the right direction. Informing colleagues, friends and sensitising them to lend us their support in whatever manner they choose.

I, therefore, exhort you to please come forward and join this pious struggle that is against none but evils in our system. You are welcome to choose the way in which you wish to lend support to this noble cause. I shall be glad to furnish further details if desired.

Looking forward to your kind response.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

Karan Kharb

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