No single reason is upheld for misery for poor in India. Poor suffer daily because of lack of employment, improper medical and educational infrastructure, uncertain implementation of beneficial policies and corruption. If we connect the dots well, all these point to the same culprit the system . System itself is a hierarchy of those in power, consisting of The Rule Makers (Ministers and the political circuit), those responsible for execution (The bureaucracy), and The Guardians of Justice (Judiciary and Police). As soon as we start talking about responsibility among them, stones start flying making indecent curves. Among this pelting of stones the only victims are the poor, who cannot afford to have shields. Shield of money, shield of power, shield of social status.
Let me get down to facts
1. Abhishek Verma arms deals scandal (AgustaWestland)
In 2006, Abhishek was accused of receiving benefits of approximately $200 million, through a $5 billion Indian military deal involving the Indian government’s acquisition of six Scorpène-class submarines.
2. Wakf Board land scam
This scam most possibly is the biggest land scam in the country till date, the Karnataka Wakf Board land scam involves the alleged misappropriation of land allocation worth Rs 2k billion.
3. Telgi scam
Telgi Appointed 350 fake agents to sell stamp papers to banks, and stock brokerage firms. The scam amount involved was pegged at Rs 200 billion.
4. The ‘Coalgate’ scam
While initially the loss to the exchequer was pegged at Rs 10.7 lakh crore, the final report stated that the scam amounted to Rs 18.6 lakh crore.
5. 2G Spectrum scam
This scam surfaced, it was revealed that the state, in 2008, had undercharged mobile telephone firms for frequency allocation licenses and credentials. The CAG of India stated that “the difference was Rs 1.76 trillion”.
6. Adarsh Housing Society scam (Housing Society)
The episode of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society reveals how a group of select powerful officials, placed in key posts could subvert rules and regulations in order to grab government land for personal benefit.
7. Commonwealth Games scam (CwG Scam)
The CwG scam took India by storm in 2010 involving a game of around Rs 70,000 crore. Since its inception, the games were in grip of a maze of corrupt deals. This included unduly contracts, cheating, and forgery.
8. Satyam scam (India’s Enron scandal)
‘India’s Enron scandal’, the 2009 corporate scam shook the Indian shareholders community. Ramalinga Raju, the Chairman of SCS, confessed that he had foul played with the company’s accounts, inflating the revenue and profit. The Scam involved Rs 14,000 crore.
The above mentioned are nothing but example of exploitation of our beloved country by those in power. We are common citizens of this fake civilized society, we as a society too are responsible for those who suffer, but the indifference in our attitude can be identified similarly with those we blame.
So as to conclude, I wish to say that in this game of fixing responsibility, the poor the sufferer is somewhere sidelined, we miss out on the essence of social justice. We should start owning our mess and work in accordance to sort in out. To develop the world we need to help those lagging behind.