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Lack of morals – the real crises in India

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Over the better part of last year the country has been engaged in a debate on corruption and money stashed abroad. Some ministers have gone to jail and Anna Hazare started a mass movement.

While corruption is an important issue the more important issue plaguing the nation is lack of employment opportunities. In the pre 1991 economic regime the priorities were subsidised food to the poor, creating employment opportunities through public or private sector, giving enough subsidy to the farm sector to avoid shortage of food grains etc. The progress was not spectacular but was very slow and steady. Post 1991 the economic growth has gone up many times and this year even 7% growth is considered lower because the expectations are 9-10%. It is true that higher economic growth is required if the nation has to prosper. However a 7% growth is not to be scoffed at considering most economies in the world are registering 3-4%. The problem facing India is the content of the 7% growth. Not enough employment is being created and even the farm land which is acquired by displacing hundreds of farmers is unable to create enough employment. Today the corporate sector is clamoring for Government to take decisions in terms of FDI in retail sector and larger FDI in various other sectors.

The Government is responsible for the whole country and not only the corporate sector. The Government cannot look in terms of profit and loss as if the whole country is a bania shop. For the Western countries India is a potential market for their goods and services, for us India is a proud nation of one billion.

The main crisis today is of morals. In the freedom struggle people with a steady income in their profession gave up their jobs and joined Mahatma Gandhi in spite of personal loss to themselves. It was all missionary zeal. Today hardly anybody who is reasonably successful in his vocation would like to leave that and join politics and public life. The result is all the political parties are saddled with people for whom politics is their main business. Anna Hazare cannot succeed by getting a Lokpal appointed because the ultimate power is with representatives of people and unless the moral status improves we will always have a second class Government and not a first class one. In the Western countries also there is corruption. But the public at large is not affected because the police, the courts, schools, hospitals etc. do not extort money from the poor man. Corruption is confined to the higher echelons. In India there is corruption at the higher level for mutual benefit of the corporate sector and politicians and extortion at the lower level where the hapless common man has to pay to get even his rightful job done. Manmohan Singh is still held in high esteem for his personal honesty. It is high time he acted decisively against corrupt ministers, the erring corporate sector and should use a strict whip for bureaucrats to bring relief to the common man.

Till politicians are blatantly corrupt, the bureaucrats right from the secretary level to the clerks make money and a corrupt politician cannot obviously act against them. If all this continues as it is, democracy itself will be in danger.

3 Responses to “Lack of morals – the real crises in India”

  • Jehangir Mithani says:

    Democracy is but only a method of choosing leaders to run the government whose job is to govern the state – and in turn the state only exists and is obligated to its citizens to provide security and guarantee certain rights and freedom-. How does morality come into the realm of governance?? Ultimate power does rest with the people through their elective representatives but that even in an democracy that ultimate power is restricted by the confines of constitution- therefore the courts and the powers rested within the judicial system. Therefore the fight against corruption or even against corporate encroachment over the individual rights has to be fought in courts.
    My sincere thanks to you for purchasing Gandhiji’s personal effects and donating them. This may sound strange coming from a Pakistan but I thank you for bringing Gandhiji’s effects back to the Indian sub continent

  • Dharmesh says:

    Dear Morarka Ji,
    I think For a person of your stature should also look into the matters which are directly related to you.

    In name of Morarka Organic your company is purchasing 90% material which is conventional.

    Material is purchased from Mandi traders every month throug out the year and sold in name of Organic in extremely high prices.

    Again complete account is fudged and inflated only through false transaction so that valuation of company increases.

    Yes, Again systems loop wholes are being used to make hefty money through your organic business and with no corporate governance.

    I think First you should control of swindling which your Organic company is doing then only your message of morals will transcend among your blog readers.

    Organic consumers, Be aware!!!

    Organic food of Morarka Organic is totally fake and fraud which is being run in name of Organic.

  • Dominik says:

    There is certainly a lot to learn about this topic.
    I like all the points you’ve made.

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