Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fight Against Corruption

Corruption in Public life is possibly as old as the Society. That Officials & Ministers have acted in an immoral & illegal manner for personal financial gains while dealing on matters apportioned to them, is recorded in books as old as even 2500yrs old.
Anyone, who has gone through the treatise of Kautilya’s Arthashastra can tell you that even though the treatise may have been proposed in 321BC or so, “corruption” has found mentioned even there.

In other words, as long as there are liars, thieves, murderers and womanizers in the society, it is a fool’s thinking to presume that there can be Zero Corruption in the Society. Pragmatic outlook is important here, and what looks more realistic is that even though we can never have the utopian state of Zero Corruption, we can certainly bring it down through checks & balances in place, through an alert vigilance and in the long-term, through observation of higher moral values like abstinence from telling lies, stealing, killing or sexual misconduct.

The Moral Dilemma

May be its because of Kaliyug, or may be due to the choice of humans in our own generation, we face a strange Moral Dilemma. We face a situation where there is a strong resistance by prominent sections of the society to Moral Values.

Moral values are almost banned from being discussed or taught. Any reference to moral values to an offender, is referred to as “moral policing” and some of our friends who have exclusively taken charge of what business must go on in this 21st Century, condemn “moral policing” with the full force of “secularism” and being in “21st Century”. Morality according to them is archaic, ancient & outdated.

It may be difficult to prove statistically, but I would guess a vast majority of these incharges of the 21st Century have little idea about what Morality Constitutes. But for any serious student of spirituality, what constitutes moral conduct, may not be difficult to understand. For the benefit of those in-charge of 21st Century, here are those five precepts that are considered moral conduct:

1. Abstaining from telling Lies
2. Abstaining from Stealing
3. Abstaining from violence & killing
4. Abstaining from Sexual Misconduct
5. Abstaining from Intoxicants

I should admit that the largest resistance faced from in-charges of the 21st Century is on the Moral Precept no. 4 – Abstaining from Sexual Misconduct. But they have created a conflicting situation by strongly resisting anything that has even remotely related to the larger subject of morality.

Now, the conflict is, that in the same vein as they denounce moral policing, they crib about frauds, thieves, murderers and rapists.

You can understand the conflict here.

Observation of morality also requires training. Merely knowing what morality means and why it is good for our individual as well as collective social existence is not enough. And in a society, where a mere mention of morality is discouraged, the endeavors to train people in observation of moral precepts cannot even be considered.

So, a society that is not encouraged to observe moral precepts, and is discouraged from even its mention, is bound to have a severe downfall and at its worst point could face severe breakdown of its social structure, going right up to governance.

As a society, we have to be very clear, if we desire to enjoy the fruit of Alphonso Mango, we should sow the seed of Alphonso Mango. When such a tree will grow big enough to bear fruits, the society will get Alphonso.

If the Society is aiming to enjoy Alphonso Mango, but sows the seeds of Bitter Gourd, disallows sowing seeds of Alphonoso Mango, then the plant will only bear the fruit of Bitter Gourd. This is the law of nature and whether you were in the 6th Century BC or you are in 21st Century AD, the results are not going to be any different.

So, if Moral Discussions are discouraged, training to observe moral precepts is not given, then the fruit such a society will bear is going to be of Immorality. An immoral society will abound in Fraud, Stealing, Murders & Sexual Misconduct. Corruption is totally a part of that, aided and abetted by absence of all four, and actually all five, moral precepts.

This will be the toughest challenge for the Society. If overcome, India could enjoy a society with very highly controlled amount of Corruption.

However, since this debate is not expected to conclude today/tomorrow, lets focus on what other short-term, consistent measures, out Governments should observe to bring this menace under control.

But before we do just that, let us consider the various forms in which we face the corruption today.

Faces of Corruption

Corruption has been faced primarily in two forms.

1. By common man
  1. Over day-to-day administrative issues on things expected to be delivered by the Govt to the Citizens by making the process long drawn, time consuming and cumbersome.
  2. Through over exaggerated fear of Law, for e.g. Traffic Constables catching drivers on the road and quoting sections of Laws which the drivers hardly understand and prefer to make a payment to avoid legal troubles.

2. By Businessmen
  1. Through incorporation of impractical policies, which cannot make any real business sense, and sometimes by stalling new policies, even after going public about it, creating a strategic dilemma for businesspersons, or through half-hearted implementation of even those impractical policies by not completing certain amount of ground work
  2. Red Tape – Time is money for businesspersons and anything implementation of policy or any clearance/approval that doesn’t happen in a time-bound manner, leads to undue losses to businesspersons.

Citizens are tired of both kinds of Corruption, i.e. the one at Common Man’s level as well as the one at Businessperson’s level.

Both eat at the Taxpayers’ money. The one faced by Common Man hurts more pockets, numerically. But the one hurting businesspersons hits hugely in terms of its magnitude, in terms of money.

In both cases, either there is abuse of defective policy or there is violation of the procedure to be observed for implementation of the policy.

What we have discussed here, may not cover exhaustively, the various ways in which corruption happens, but I am confident that this covers a large majority of corruption.

Another disease, that cannot be kept outside the subject of Corruption is Black-Money. Black-Money, that is money that is outside the taxation system of the Government, born usually out of Corruption, is parked in places where the Indian Govt agencies may not have any reach. Swiss Banks offered such havens and today the common man is hugely incensed by the presence of untold amounts of money in such Tax Havens.

Precautionary Measures vs. Post Mortem Measures

No, I am not talking about Lokpal. As a matter of fact, I think Lokpal is a Post Mortem mechanism. For this mechanism, we already have two agencies and one comprehensive law in place. The third one that of Lokpal has also be put into place under popular pressure, by the Political Class of the country, but I doubt the dent it will make to corruption in the long run.

The problem with such post mortem based mechanisms is that the case has to be proved in the court of law and there 1001 ways to fail in that objective. This problem is over and above the problem of all such institutions deriving hugely, and ultimately, from the man on the top of such organizations.

India already has CVC & anti-Corruption Bureaus, what happens when an honest, upright officer reaches the top and what happens when an already corrupt person occupies the chair at the top is known to all.

In the Court of Law, the entire matter is fought & decided on the basis of charges framed. The entire game is about the chargesheet. If the charges framed against a person by the prosecution are weak, whatever you do, the case will be won by such an accused person.

Take for example, the Robert Vadra land scam case in Gurgaon. Dr. Ashok Khemka raised the matter and made allegation/charges against Robert Vadra. A bunch of people claiming to be fighting corruption and who have formed a Political Party that will fight corruption in Administration without offering to provide Good Governance, when in power, backed these charges made by Dr. Ashok Khemka. The party in question here is Aam Aadmi Party, who’s leader Arvind Kejriwal claims to be fighting corruption without ever pursuing a single case of corruption in the Court of Law and securing a conviction of such corrupt people.

Leave that aside for the time being, but charges against Vadra were not only weak but also ridiculous. Obtaining of a Commercial License by Vadra in that case was shown as such a big crime that the entire case against him was built around that. All developers who seek a Commercial Land Use License, however, get one. Robert Vadra got the LoI for License in 18 days, other Developers get it in 5-6 months. So, the case if any, on this basis, is that if Vadra can get LoI in 18 Days so should other Developers.

The real case, as I read, against Vadra could be the purchase price for 3.5 acre land in Shikohpur and the original owner of the company from whom Vadra bought land, i.e. Omkareshwar Properties.

Some lawyer called M L Sharma filed a petition in the Supreme Court for prosecution of Robert Vadra on the basis of charges framed by Dr. Ashok Khemka & promoted by Aam Aadmi Party, and the Supreme Court rightly threw the case out of the Court. There is nothing unusual about a Commericial License.

Considering the increase in the number of loopholes in this Post-Mortem Method, one can have little reliance over such mechanisms, in a serious fight against corruption.

What I would request BJP, to bring to the knowledge of Indian Citizens are Precautionary Measures to control Corruption.

Precautionary Measures to Control Corruption

1. Meritocracy & Transparency in the Postings & Promotions of Government Servants

It is a public secret that Govt Servants are paying loads of money to their superiors and to politicians for their postings or promotions into positions that give largest opportunities for earnings in the form of corruption money.

Anyone linked to the system of Governance & Administration would know that the targets for fund raising are given by Politicians at the Top to such Pliant Officials, who have secured their positions through payments of bribes.

This is the single biggest institutionalized mechanism of corruption in India.

There are retired senior Government Servants who retired with Hundreds or Thousands of Crores of Corruption money, extorted from Businessmen over years that they hold various Govt Depts.

2. Creating a Policy Environment that reduces Discretionary Powers of Govt Officials

Discretionary Powers given to the Govt officials has made them the Lords of any approval that Citizens seek. The guidelines issued by the Govt are interpreted as per the discretion of the Govt Official. They are relaxed only upon promise of payments.

3. ERP-based Process-Compliance & Time-Bound Approvals

The entire process of implementation of various policies should be re-engineered in each case. As far as possible, the processes should be placed on IT based system, in the manner of ERP. That way, there will be complete adherence to the set process, allow negligible deviation from set processes and time limit for each process should be set accordingly, which will not be skipped by the Govt personnel.

For e.g., in Robert Vadra case, since Govt Officials knew it was Vadra’s file, they knew the importance of clearing it quickly, and since no Bribe was expected, the Letter of Intent for the Commercial License was delivered within 18 Days. Whereas, for normal developers, since Bribe has to be collected, and there is little a Developer can do to harm the Govt Official, the Letter of Intent for such Land Use Licenses is issued after 5-6 months.

From this example we know that this process can be completed in 18 Days Time. If 18 Days is set as Official Deadline for issuance of LoI for Land Use License, the delay caused by (Dept of Town & Country Planning) DTCP Officials, which causes financial losses to businesspersons could easily be avoided, and with lack of such a fear, businessperson will not have to give any bribe.

We have also seen in case of 2G Scam, that while the pursuance of New telecom Policy of 1999 in 2007 seems awkward, even the procedure set under this system was not complied to by the Govt Officials and the Ministers.

4. Realistic & Simplification of Policies, as well as No Ambiguity in Future Policy Environment.

One of the largest breeding grounds for corruption has been unrealistic Policies of the Govt. This way, in order to make businesses viable, businesspersons are left with no option but to bribe Ministers/Bureaucrats, based on which the norms are then either flouted, or out-of-turn notifications are issued by Govt in order to correct the mistakes of earlier policies.

Simple, detailed rules & guidelines on policy implementation will help in not only removing ambiguity but also in taking away discretionary power of the bureaucrats. Even a layperson should be able to understand what the proper meaning of a certain clause in Govt’s Policy means.

If a certain policy is expected to change over a period of time, Govt should ensure there is no ambiguity in its timelines & expected final contents. In many cases, it is seen that certain policy initiatives have been applied even in cases where a prior approval exists on the basis of earlier policy. All this ambiguity is again utilized by corrupt personnel to extract bribes from people.

5. Small-time Corruption in Junior Staff

While Big Scams tend to scandalize the day lights out of common man, what irks them and keeps coming back at them is the Corruption at the Junior Level of Govt Offices, from Peons, Constables etc to Clerks.

We must recognize the fact that while Govt needs to clamp down on this corruption, which may be small but affects a large mass, in part, this goes on due to following problems that staff at such level faces.

1. Low Salary levels
2. Children’s Higher Education
3. Health Coverage
4. Post-retirement Housing

In my opinion, based on discussions with many such Govt officials at lower levels, the above four points cover majority of reasons for why Officials at such a level finds courage to take bribes.

There could be other reasons as well, but chances are the Govt’s clamp down on Corruption at lower level, coupled with State/Central Welfare schemes that address the above four issues, will take out a large amount of Corruption at lower level from systems.

Instead of giving subsidies, if such an amount is used on Welfare of Junior Staff, Govt may find a much better implementation of policies they formulate and thereby, nullifying the negative effect of such an additional burden.

6. Black Money Parking/Creation

India may have Trillions of Dollars of Blackmoney Parked into Swiss Banks, but before the recovery of all such money, it is important that additional black money is stopped.

Most of the Black Money (money outside Govt’s accounting system) is not the money that is printed outside Central Bank, but that which is though issued by RBI, doesn’t find mention in the Books of Accounts. Taxation is considered one of the largest reasons for people’s desire to keep money outside accounting system.

It is, therefore, important that BJP takes some serious & innovative Tax Reform ideas on board. The proposal by pune-based Arthakranti, of Abolition of Income Tax by replacing it with Banking Transaction Tax does seem interesting, but the media news about Arun Jaitley, Yashwant Sinha and few others, does seem like a bad news. That said, BJP still has to consider Tax Reforms in some other format.

BJP needs to be very very clear that Blackmoney is parked in Swiss Banks because they are Tax Havens – No Tax Environments. If Trillions of Dollars are parked outside the country, Trillions more will go outside if Taxation Policy is not corrected. The circulation of those Trillions of Dollars can have a magical effect on the overall Economy of the Country.

7. Other Blackmoney Parking and Conversion Mechanisms

Swiss Banks are not the only places where Blackmoney is Parked. It is parked & circulated within the Country as well. Cash generated at Retail/Wholesale shops in India is one of the biggest unaccounted sources of Cash, which gets circulated within the Economy when people need to under-report the asset they purchase, due to certain taxation on the purchase.

Such Cash, is purchased, by people. India has a huge Conversion Business running into at least a few Billion Dollars, with Kolkata as the Epicenter of the whole Trade. Many mechanisms exist, to take care of such conversions.

One simple mechanism is that between companies, amount in Bank is transferred to the other company, in return for Cash of Equivalent amount plus commissions. Which over years is shown as loans, and then written off as NPA. For e.g. Company A has Rs.5cr in its Bank Account and Company B has Rs.5cr in cash. Company A needs Rs.5cr Cash. So Company B will send Rs.5cr Cash to Company A while Company A will transfer Rs.5cr in bank, along with some conversion charges to Company B’s Bank Account.

Now, in the books of Company A, this will be shown as Loan given to Company B. After 3-4 years, the amount will be shown as NPA (Bad Loan) and written off.

The other Mechanism is, certain companies are created as Shell Companies, in whose Bank Account Large amount of Money is kept as Holding. This is usually done for very very large transactions, running from 100s to a few 100s of crores of rupees.

Let us understand what happens in this case, though an example again. Company X has Rs. 100cr kept in its Bank Accounts. Company B has Rs.100cr in Cash. Company B needs Rs. 100cr in Cheque, in order to make certain Capital Investment. Company B will buyout shares of Company A at some mutually agreed fake price. The cash will be handed over to owners of Company A, while the money in the Bank Account of Company A is now owned by owners of Company B.

These deals happen in very restricted circle and efforts by outsiders usually lead to nothing, as they are not entertained beyond a point.

Govt can easily track such transactions. This system is not without flaws. For example, writing off of Bad Loans after 3-4yrs could be reviewed and through good offices of ICAI.

Similarly, in spite of Cash in Bank, in the 2nd method, the share transfer at some ridiculous price can easily be tracked.


I think with just few of these implementations, BJP could lead the Fight against Corruption. It could shift the meaningless debate of Post Mortem based Measures to Precautionary, Administrative Reform based methods.

It could also bring much lower pressure on investigative and judicial bodies, to deal with cases of corruption.

In the end, the debate could achieve more realistic colors than mere idealism and misdirection that it has today.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

AAP Phenomena

There is a lot of energy right now around Aam Aadmi Party. Political atmosphere is largely chaotic. If Delhi State Assembly Elections had not brought the results they did, then Political Atmosphere in India would have been a lot more stable, predictable and in the direction of Optimism.

Today, people & political analysts are still trying too hard to make sense. The country is divided in two over views on AAP. Those in favor and those against it. That is a very natural thing as well.

AAP’s considerable newness does make people uncomfortable, not only with its presence, but also the support it has received. That is natural too.

Amongst those opposed to AAP, again there are two groups. One who take it seriously, amongst whom some are quite baffled by them, and then those who rubbish them, even today write them off and look forward to a completely different result in General Elections.

Media’s undue and extremely favorable coverage has done little to throw light on this AAP Phenomena. From the point of view of volunteered political bias towards AAP, media has done a fine job, but from the point of expected neutrality from media houses, whose very reason for existence is to show light on the dark alleys of Indian Public Life, Media has done a pathetic job.

As a matter of fact, Media’s conduct in post independent India has been a mixed bag, with more undesirable conduct than the desirable one and there is every reason to take away their Right to Operate under a Fundamental Right that actually belongs to Citizens of the Country and has been loaned to Press for the purpose of expressing Collective Voice of the Nation and sharing with the nation the information about the Public Affairs of the Country in an unbiased manner. Press Commission’s 1952 Report will shed more light on this expectation.

In such a Scenario, it only makes sense to share a personal view about this AAP Phenomena. My views are not only aimed at shedding some light but also at directing some sunlight on AAP. After all, Sunlight is considered a great disinfectant.

The Rot within the Country – The Infection

In 2004, when BJP scored badly in General Elections, due to multiple reasons, Congress took charge. What is now known as UPA 1, was Congress’ led Coalition Govt that ran the show between 2004-2009.

In 2007 & 2008, NP Durga of TDP, SS Ahluwalia of BJP, RC Singh of CPI questioned Govt on 2G Spectrum Sale.

After the Election in 2009, BJP tried to raise the matter of 2G Scam. On 23rd July 2009, Ganga Charan of BSP, Dr. V Maitreyan of AIADMK, Chandan Mitra, Rajiv Chandrashekhar & Arun Jaitley from BJP raised the issue of 2G Spectrum Scam.

In 2010, a conflict over business interest between Suresh Kalmadi & Times of India Group, led to disclosures on Scam in Commonwealth Games. Since, a media house was itself an adversely affected party, due coverage was given to the CWG Scam. Soon the CAG reported Rs.70,000cr Corruption in these games.

Thereafter, CAG brought out one scam after another – 2G Scam at Rs.1.76 Lakh Crore, Coal Scam at over Rs.10 Lakh Crore, Air India Scam, K-G Basin Scam, so on and so forth.

In 2010 itself, on the issue of Price Rise & Corruption, under Nitin Gadkari’s President-ship, BJP opened fronts against the Govt in the Parliament. With a compliant Speaker in Loksabha and compliant Chairman in Rajyasabha, BJP could make little headway in the Parliament. Eventually, BJP was left with only one option to mark its protest and attract the attention of the Nation to failure of Govt machinery, Price Rise & staggering size of Corruption.

The protest started to spill out. Nitin Gadkari led roadshows in various parts of India. BJP started putting details of Scams one after the other in the public domain. During this period, apart from roadshows attended by 1000s of people in every city, BJP released booklets that carried details of various scams uncovered by then.

In the meanwhile, BJP also released the 2nd Report of the Taskforce on Blackmoney stashed in Swiss Banks, prepared by a formidable team of S Gurumurthi, Ajit Doval, Prof R Vaidyanathan & Mahesh Jethmalani.

The entire country felt the Rot in Governance in India. On one side, Inflation was eating up savings and making life unaffordable, Govt’s taxation policy was adding to public’s pocket from one side and extracting double from the other side, petrol prices were continuously peaking up (more on surcharges rather than price of Petrol), on the other, the news of mega-corruption in 2G Spectrum sale, CWG, S-Band (Rs.2 Lakh Crore) etc. and Govt’s refusal to act on offer of cooperation from Germany etc on tracking Corruption Money stashed in Swiss Banks was totally demoralizing the Country.

Demoralization of a country is a very big thing. It means there is a huge trust deficit between the Citizens of the Country and the Govt of the Day. It is a sign of extreme weakness in the Country and creates a fertile ground for enemies of the Nation to act against such a country’s National Interest.

During this period, Dr. Subramanian Swamy took the matter of 2G Spectrum to the Court and the high-profile arrests that followed attracted media’s entire attention to the goings-on in 2G Scam. Public memory being short, BJP’s struggle against Price Rise & Corruption were soon forgotten and an impression was created that BJP played the role of a Weak Opposition.

The fact however was that when blocked in the Parliament from raising its voice, BJP refused to give in and brought the attention of the nation to the matters of Corruption through jamming of Parliament Sessions. That was the only way BJP could get “some” attention from media on these issues.

Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi led Public Account’s Committee and faced severe opposition going to the extent of alleged man-handling by Manish Tewary and his ilk, when Dr. Joshi refused to give-in and made the submission of a damning Report on 2G Spectrum Scam & Recommendations, at grave personal risk.

Public also forgot about BJP’s hardwork because a feeling of victory was setting in, on account of high-profile arrests in 2G Spectrum Scam case, as well as later, in CWG Case. So, while BJP did everything to bring people’s attention, it was seen weak on account of getting such high-profile arrests made. This was a very natural reaction.

Over the years, all these high profile arrests resulted into nothing. All those arrested under preventive custody have been released and live a fairly peaceful life.

Birth of Diversion, the Vehicle for Worms – Lokpal Bill

Anyway, public was agitated, arrests were happening, Congress & its corrupt allies were under severe attack. Congress tried various tricks from its Century & a Quarter old book to quell this anger. Aruna Roy, in NAC, proposed an Old proposed-law that proposed an office of Ombudsman to look into cases of corruption. Since its conception in 1963, recommendation by 1st Administrative Reforms Committee in 1966 and first introduction in 1968, Lokpal Bill, in its various avatars had failed to be enacted and ended up lapsing everytime with the end of tenure of Lok Sabha. Its final and possibly the most powerful shape was given by BJP in its 2001 Draft. The Bill was however sent to Standing Committee and then met the same fate of lapsing.

Lokpal Bill was a masterstroke. In one single stroke, the Country bought the idea of a ram-baan ilaaj (one medicine for all the illnesses). Public was tired of public scrutiny. Congress on the other hand succeeded in getting public’s attention off the details that were being poured into the upright CAG of the time, Shri. Vinod Rai.

As public started to miss out on specific, detailed and gory details of corruption, the discussion around corruption became more misdirected, vague and therefore, ineffective. What else did Congress want?

So much so, that in spite of Lokayukta Report on misuse of money by Sheila Dikshit Govt, in spite of Shunglu Committee Report, in spite of CAG Report on CWG, Congress managed to set aside all investigation in to CWG, along with the 2G Spectrum Scam investigation.

Public in turn was busy singing the song for Office of Lokpal, conveniently forgetting that anti-corruption bureau, CVC etc had all been brought in with similar fan-fare and ultimately, been so dependent on the person in the Chair, that they were effectively rendered ineffective. Compliant folks found way into such offices.

For e.g., while Pratyush Sinha was a tough CVC who made some serious investigation into 2G Spectrum Scam during his tenure, Congress tried to place a pliant Officer P J Thomas who was himself an accused in an old Palm Oil Scam case, as the next CVC.

Public conveniently forgot that it was all the way BJP’s Opposition to P J Thomas’ appointment as CVC, including sharing details of his own corruption with Indian Public, that led to ouster of that shameless man.

Wriggling worms take birth – Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal, an ex-IRS Officer, who has a psychological disorder that disallows him from focusing and concluding on any single task that he undertakes, took leave from Income-Tax Dept, seemingly to campaign for RTI. Harsh Mander & Aruna Roy were his mentor.

The urgency for RTI cannot be understood. But yes, before he participated in RTI, he does seem to have received some favor from Sonia Gandhi. This was about staying within Delhi NCR Circle of Income-Tax Dept.

The urgency for RTI is difficult to understand because a Law called Freedom of Information Act, 2002, enacted by BJP already existed and under this notification for Voluntary Disclosure of Information were already in place with various Ministries & Depts. Of course, Sonia Gandhi wanted to steal credit for Ground Breaking Laws, to hide her own incompetence and this she did through her fiefdom called NAC.

Kejriwal never went back to Income Tax Dept, after his leave got over. Not only did Kejriwal start an NGO, which he was barred to do as per Rules for Govt employees, and raised money, reportedy & allegedly amounting to Rs. 2cr through contacts of one of his mentors Harsh Mander, but also now he was refusing to report to work while still drawing salary. Clearly a sign of the Psychological Disorder of an otherwise sharp mind, which had now found fun & challenge in Social Activism.

Repeal fo Freedom of Information Act & Replacement of its near carbon-copy RTI Act was handled almost single-handedly by Kejriwal’s other mentor Aruna Roy. All of them were part of another NGO called NCPRI. Aruna was in NAC.

So, when the time came for diverting public’s attention from specific details of individual corruption cases, so that no pressure was felt for prosecution of corrupt ministers of Congress & its Allies, Aruna Roy naturally, considered using Kejriwal.

Details are unavailable, sketchy and therefore not worth going into, but Kejriwal & Aruna Roy seemingly fell out over details of the Draft of Lokpal. At least so they say. How far all these gossips are true is immaterial. That is a scenery.

The detail is, that Lokpal was the center of attraction, details of specific corruption cases put into public domain, follow-up on prosecution of individual corruption cases, was now history. Nobody knew what was follow-up on 2G Spectrum Scam, in Courts. Nobody bothered about Kalmadi in Jail over CWG. Everyone looked for one-stop shop of Lokpal.

Avatar 1 – India Against Corruption

Kejriwal’s psychological disorder also makes him destructive, parasitic & therefore, predatorial. He nearly ignores what he possesses without losing the possessiveness, gets obsessed with what he doesn’t have, uses his determination, sharp mind to bring along people who’ll not over power him but fit well within his larger scheme and once their utility is over, as far as his personal scheme is concerned, and then looks for next person.

Kejriwal, reportedly, approached many people. Many refused to be co-opted but sympathized with the cause he espoused. Afterall, almost everyone was fed-up with Corruption. The alarming scale it had assumed, pinched even the most willing businessmen.

Then, he managed to get the sympathies and full cooperation of Baba Ramdev, who was then scheming his own political initiative, Bharat Swabhimaan.

At a function organized by Baba Ramdev in Feb 2010, Kejriwal, an unknown figure spoke passionately against corruption, spoke passionately in favor of Maoism and invited people to join him and Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar. Few people knew Anna Hazare outside Maharashtra, but everyone knew Corruption. And public was willing to join anything that looked even remotely designed to fight corruption.

As the crowd poured in at Jantar Mantar, India Against Corruption took birth, and bid bye-bye to Baba Ramdev.

RSS, however, in its usual unsung style backed this anti-corruption crusade. Kejriwal waved Jan Lokpal Bill draft at folks. As I went through details, I laughed at them because there was no way his draft was making sense and was clearly non-compliant with the Constitutional Requirements.

Where there is crowd, there is media and entertainers. All kinds of people, who didn’t need education on Corruption, were already fed-up and were looking to back anything that gave illusion of fighting corruption, joined IAC at Jantar Mantar. But no seasoned anti-Corruption Crusader ever joined IAC.

Anyone who has ever fought corruption could immediately see that the methods suggested by Kejriwal will never end corruption. Corruption is bred through faulty processes in Administration. They are born out of loopholes in laws, in procedures etc. I distinctly remember requesting some of my affected friends to ask Kejriwal & IAC Members to invite other established anti-Corruption Crusaders to their Team and the current team looked short on knowledge and Old Champions will get a strong platform which Kejriwal had received from active participation of People.

But then where did Kejriwal require people better than him and more dedicated to Corruption? That was never the idea anyway.

Distrubances within the Country, agitations and revolutions outside the Country, especially Tehrir Square, Egypt tc were giving romantic ideas  about revolutions to Youth. That is all that Kejriwal was interested in. That is all that was necessary to keep people talking of Corruption, which was on their mind, and yet never get a single case prosecuted.

Avatar 2 – Team Anna

Baba Ramdev was gone. Anna Hazare was the new Gandhi, or Jayaprakash Narayan. They equated it with new Emergency Days. Third wave of Nation Freedom.

Parliamentary System was ridiculed. Public was motivated against Democratic institutions by giving an impression that 120bn people will rule themselves. Political Leaders, who had little credibility anyway, were ridiculed liberally. No distinction was made between good leaders and bad ones. All were painted with same brush.

Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Justice Hegde & Kiran Bedi were other key members. Allegations of Corruption and Audio Recordings of Discussions by Bhushan Family were suppressed and ignored. Right on the very face of it, anti-Corruption Crusade of Kejriwal was refusing to take cognizance of charges of corruption against its own prominent Team Members.

While some of them participated in Joint Deliberations on Draft of the Bill with the Govt, other held fort on stage. A career IPS Officer like Kiran Bedi embarrassed herself and her more decent admirers with shameful dramas and acts on the stage ridiculing even those political leaders against whom there are no corruption charges and have an extremely clean image.

Socially, battle-lines were drawn. If you are not with Team Anna, you are with Corruption.

Large parts of crowd, food & water to crowd etc were still managed by RSS members, on a voluntary basis, out of goodwill for a seemingly noble cause.

Drama ended, with introduction of a shoddy copy of Lokpal Draft prepared by Govt. BJP backed many provisions of Jan Lokpal Draft that could stand scrutiny of Constitutional Benches. They were easy for BJP also because they were part of BJP’s own 2001 Draft.

BJP got the shock, when in spite of overwhelming support given to Kejriwal’s Team Anna, at the end of the agitation, Kejriwal refused to thank BJP and warmly hugged Sandeep Dikshit, right on the stage, in the middle of all the media attention. That stab from Kejriwal may have been extremely painful for BJP. It disenchanted many rightwingers. The Predator had again found the Prey…

Avatar 3 – Aam Aadmi Party

Right after a very successful agitation under Team Anna, during media interviews, on practically no provocation, Kejriwal disowned Kiran Bedi, who appeared closer to Anna Hazare.

Soon thereafter, Kejriwal “revealed” his plans to float Political Party. This was against Anna Hazare’s repeated advice since April 2011. Political Parties were strictly advised to stay away from the stage of either India Against Corruption & Team Anna. Kejriwal knew the old man won’t agree. Nor did he care for that. His problem was, Anna Hazare had considerably large goodwill.

Anna Hazare’s goodwill has been so much that even his most bitter critics and enemies speak respectfully to him, even though he may have spewed venom against them publicly sometime back. No political leader was harsh to him. He was Anna ji to them all. Kejriwal was too small an insect then. Dismissing Anna Hazare, to run his Political Outfit, would have meant a serious wrath too early in his career.

Kejriwal kept is graceful with Anna Hazare. Never letting him know how he despises him. Old man is shrewd himself. Going out of line against his instructions is enough for him to know how much someone respects him. But without necessary provocation, Anna Hazare would have caused his own goodwill some unnecessary injury. Both remained graceful to each other, agreeing to disagree with each other.

Predator had now thrown out Justice Hegde, Kiran Bedi & Anna Hazare out of his camp.

Aam Aadmi Party – Worm gives Freebie

Aam Aadmi Party was launched. Kejriwal, who is a Crorepati, lives in a 4 Bedroom House, has plots of land at various places, owns 2300sft flat in Gurgaon, managed a carefully cultivated look. He seemed to have taken tuitions on this from nothing less than Laloo Prasad Yadav.

Possibly Kejriwal should wear size 39 Shirt, but he would Wear Size 44 shirt. He can afford, good shoes etc. but he would wear worn out chappals. Giving impression to common people that he is one amongst them and believes in Simple Living & High Thinking.

You might think he fought his elections on an anti-Corruption Platform. Nothing is farther from Truth.

Kerjiwal & his Aam Aadmi Party, fought the elections on Populist Demands and not anti-Corruption Platform. Yes, he did link each of his Populist Promise with economic possibility of those promises because everyone else apart from him, is Corrupt. Using crass language against Political Leaders, he promised action against Sheila Dikshit, if he was brought to power.

He supported unauthorized colonies, encroachments. He supported unauthorized Electricity connections. Backed non-payment of Electricity Bills, illegal reconnections of Electricity connections of people who lost connection due to non-payment of Bills.

As elections approached, Kejriwal made one unrealistic, populist policy after another. People of Delhi lapped it. No political party thought that public would do this. Certainly not the Right wing. They forgot that Freebies like 700 ltr free-water, 50% reduction in Electricity is AAP’s version of Liquor, Egg-Biryani & Cash Payouts. This was White-Collared execution of Blue-Collared Political Ideas to Voters.

Yogendra Yadav was co-opted. With that attention of media was co-opted again. Pre-poll Surveys appeared. Doctored surveys played on another known weakness of Indian Voters. Speculation and betting on a Winning Horse. Everything possible was done to create a perception that AAP has a winning chance.

During this entire period, allegations of corruption against many AAP members kept surfacing. Anjali Damania, Mayank Gandhi, Sting videos on Kumar Vishwas and others and what not. AAP never subjected even one member to Law & Order of the Land. Everyone was exonerated after a jokeful Internal Lokpal Inquiry.

After elections, even though BJP was the single largest party, the political alliance between Congress & AAP looked imminent. Had to be. And finally it did become a truth.

Kejriwal was salivating. He got what he didn’t think was possible even remotely, irrespective of his statements of bravado. But he had postured strongly against Congress in public, to get public’s favor for his own Party. Public’s real anger was directed at Congress, who they saw was mainly responsible for Corruption & Price Rise.

Kejriwal threw up his last drama of Referendum, wasted time from December 8, 2013, when results were announced, to December 21-22nd, 2013, or so. As an icing on cake, Kejriwal travelled by Delhi Metro to his Oath-taking Ceremony Extravaganza.

Finally, Kejriwal shook the Indian Politics and all the speculation for General Elections 2014.

What is Kejriwal upto now?

Kerjiwal is least interested in either Delhi State Govt or Delhi Lok Sabha Elections. He has conquered Delhi already. He is already bored with his victory. His psychological disorder has taken him to a new pursuit - General Elections.

Kerjiwal had nothing to offer on Free-Water and 50% Cheaper Electricity promise. The prices of Water & Electricity were not due to any Corruption of Politicians. Kejriwal could beat nothing in the System. Since he could make no Economic Sense, he loaded Delhi State Govt with an additional Rs.960 cr Subsidy.

The most interesting part is, Free-Water will reach 8.5 Lakh Families only out of nearly 30 Lakh Families in Delhi, all well-to-do.

Electricity too is poised to benefit the rich.

Who will face the brunt of these bad economic policies of Kejriwal? Delhiites. But what will media project and therefore create a Positive Perception, will, expectedly, bring votes to Kejriwal in other non-Delhi areas. What does Kejriwal lose? 7 Lok Sabha Seats.

Two days back, Kejriwal decided to allot himself a 10 Bedroom twin-bungalow unit. Public scrutiny, bad public perception, made him retrace his steps. Till a day back, Kejriwal was personally justifying his decision, but his friends in media portrayed retracing of this decision as Kejriwal’s “refusal” to occupy the Plush Bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi.

Now you imagine the extent of co-operation and perception management targeted on General Elections.

Has this story been repeated in the past?

Yes. In 1876, under Lord Lytton, India had similarly bad economy. Peasants and workers were planning to rise against British Raj. In 1883, after retirement, a loyal British Civil Servant Allan Octavian Hume, invited people to join Indian National Congress, to protect the British Raj in India. Loyalty to British Monarch was the most important pledge for the members of Indian National Congress then.

In 2010-11, under Sonia Gandhi aka Antonia Maino, India again has a horribly bad economy & corruption. Common Man was agitated enough to rise against Congress-raj. A retired Civil Servant Arvind Kejriwal, attracted & invited people to join Aam Aadmi Party, to protect Congress-raj in India.

So loyal is Kejriwal, that he even played a similar “sacrifice drama” as did Sonia Gandhi in 2004 and many times earlier & later. And now, like his Idol, Kejriwal is planning an extra-constitutional Body of Unaccountable Advisors. A body on the lines of National Advisory Council.

How should we look at Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party?

We should always remember. Corruption and Bad Economy are Infections that a Country suffers. Infections breed Worms & Germs. Kejriwal & Aam Aadmi Party are those Worms & Germs. What do Worms & Germs do? They grow initially, in that conducive, infected atmosphere, worsen situation further. That is exactly what Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party are doing.

Kejriwal & Aam Aadmi Party have made a push for Economic Policy that we left behind in 1991. i.e. Policy of Subsidies. They offer no fresh, meaningful, productive idea. They have none, can offer none. They have Zero Experience of Governance. They stand to lose nothing. Only India stands to lose because of such Worms & Germs.

Do Worms & Germs go away from an infected body on their own? No, never. Untreated, they’ll flourish. Ultimately, they kill the body. Doctor’s prescribe antibiotics. Unless patient takes antibiotics and shows the willingness to cure himself, none can save.

It is same with Kejriwal & Aam Aadmi Party. We have to take pro-active steps. We have to take initiatives that act as antibiotic. We have to throw Sun-light, because there is no disinfectant like Sun-Light.