Kamal Morarka

Press in India and the freedom of speech

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under Blog
The new Chairman of the Press Council of India has raised a vital point which has created a flutter in the media. The purpose of the Council was to keep an eye on the general standards of the Press and attend to complaints with the limited powers it had. Expectedly, it turned out to be a toothless body. Any person aggrieved against false and malicious things printed against him had to go to court to get his name cleared. Knowing ...

Democracy cannot function without politicians

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under Blog
Democracy is still the best known civilized form of governing a country. Sure it has many flaws depending on each country. Unfortunately over the last 60 years, our democracy has become more flawed rather than improving. India has its own share of aberrations piled up during the last sixty years. The point I am trying to make is in our anger against the flaws of democracy we should not be tempted to throw away the system itself. Anything that follows will ...

Anna wants to create another monster Lokpal

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under Blog
Once we have accepted parliamentary democracy as a civilized method of social transformation there are no short cuts. We have to continuously endeavour to improve the quality of MLAs and MPs that we elect and the quality of governance would follow. While Anna Hazare rightly focused on a problem, i.e corruption the solution that he is suggesting is not ideal. He wants to create another monster ‘Lokpal’. We have enough agencies, laws and institutions in this country and ...

An inclusive democracy for a truly equal society

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under News
The present focus in the country should be on reducing disparities and contain the social tension and anger in certain sections of society. India is a democracy in the sense that we have elections every five years and voters turn out in large numbers in what is a generally free and fair election. However the content of democracy is getting reduced day by day. For instance once a government is elected there is hardly any interaction between ...

Disparity between rich and poor has grown

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under News
There is much discussion now a days on the rate of growth becoming slower than 9%. Though the growth figure is important what is more important is the content of the growth. In 1991 we were promised that the economic reforms will increase the growth rate and bring prosperity which will trickle down and over time poverty would go away. Twenty years have passed but poverty not only remains but it appears that the glittering prosperity at the top has become ...

Mumbai needs to follow Delhi

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under News
Corruption is the central issue that is engaging attention all over the country. No disease can be cured unless the causes are diagnosed. The Sheila Dikshit Government deserves to be commended for the first steps it has announced towards removing corruption at the lower levels where the public at large comes into contact with government authorities. The Delhi Government has sought to fix a time limit for issuance of various documents. Failure to issue the required certificate will entail a ...

Job security should not be taken for granted by the police department

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under News
The blast near the Delhi High Court has again brought into focus terrorism as a major threat. Similar blasts have happened in Bombay, Pune, Jaipur, etc. After 9/11 there has been no major blast in US and after 2005 when London was affected, there has been no incident there. The reason is tight and effective policing. When we were growing up Mumbai Police had a good name and it was said (though in exaggeration) that Mumbai Police is as ...

The anti-corruption crusade needs to a better strategy to alleviate poverty

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under News
Anna Hazare appearing on a TV reality show said that in India there are two kinds of people. One who wonder kya khaun (thereby meaning that they have very little to eat and are going under-nourished or hungry) and those who wonder kya kya khaun (meaning that they have so much money that they are unable to choose what to eat out of what is available. He correctly focused on the wide disparity that there is between the rich and the ...

Looking for an ‘Adarsh’ Lokpal

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under Blog,News
For the past many weeks the country has been gripped with the idea of taking strong steps to eradicate corruption. Corruption is not a new phenomenon but post 1991 after the new economic policy came into being the scale of corruption has reached intolerable heights and hence the popular outcry. Corruption occurs at different levels. The common man, say in Bombay encounters corruption when he needs a ration card, driving licence, a municipal birth or death certificate, a passport ...