Every Indian is feeling the heat of agitation against corruption. Some of them are in support of Anna Hajare, some of them think that he is a fascist and there are some people who believe that Anna Hajare isn’t that important, the more important issue is Indians are rising against the political corruption.
Nobody thought that Anna Hajare will attain such strong support from the common men who will march behind her as if a heard of sheep is following the shepherd. The team of India Against Corruption used the popular folk lore and emotional songs to motivate Indian youth and it seemed as if a pied piper is successfully hypnotizing the masses to commit mass suicide.
Now every second person says that he wants Janlokpal Bill to be introduced and accepted by the parliament. While Manmohan Singh openly exclaimed that he doesn’t have a magic wand to reduce corruption, Anna Hajare, Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and co. have presented the Janlokpal bill as the required magical wand which will evaporate all the corruption from Indian political and bureaucratic system. Arvind Kejriwal also commented that the magical wand of Janlokpal bill will also remove the corporate corruption and will bring transparency in the market.
Unrealistic Claims by Anna Hajare and his teams:-
a) The Janlokpal bill will ensure that money laundering will be checked by the Ombudsman and there will be a system to stop all form of Black Money.
The Idea seems so cool. However, people don’t realize that money is not wealth and currency cannot make a home, hospital or school. It is so simple. If there are 100 Kilogram of wheat and just 100 rupees in market circulation, then the price of wheat will be Rs1 per Kilogram of wheat. If Half of the available currency (that is, Rs 50) is stolen from the market and it is deposited in Swiss banks as Black Money, then there will be only Rs 50 available in the market and a total of 100 Kilograms of wheat and the wheat will be available for Half a Rupee per kilogram. Poor people will get benefited by reducing the currency as it will decrease prices of wheat and other commodities. In fact stealing money from Indian market and depositing in Swiss Banks actually helps poor by reducing inflation rate and price rise. When the Janlokpal will force that money (Rs50) deposited in Swiss banks to come back to that village, there will be Rs100 available and 100 kilogram of wheat available. In that situation, poor will suffer again as the price of wheat will increase to Rs1 per kilogram.
Depositing your money in Swiss Banks without paying Taxes is not crime; crime is to force taxes on honestly earned money. Corruption is the act of government and Reserve Bank of India to print money out of thin air which increases inflation and price rise. Janlokpal Bill will fail to check this corruption as Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hajare has no idea about what is real corruption.
b) The Ombudsman will have the power to investigate and penalize any corrupt person found accepting. Indian law confirms that giving bribes is also a crime so if a person is caught offering bribes, he will also be punished by the same Janlokpal.
Assume a man standing in front of a governmental hospital; his wife is about to give birth to his child but there is huge scarcity of doctors and hospital beds in India. So what should that person do? Should he allow his wife and yet-to-be-born child to Die? Or should he bribe the hospital authority to have the reserved bed for his wife? If he does so, Anna Hajare and his Gang will punish that person for saving his wife and child’s life. Bribery may be bad, it is not a crime, Offering bribes is not corruption, it is an indication of Scarcity and Government is the reason of Scarcity.
Think about this too, What if the doctor or Hospital denies taking bribes from that poor person who just can’t go for a Private hospital (there are very few private hospitals in India)? The doctor fears Anna Hajare and his Fascist Janlokpal Bill, he will be jailed for five years if he takes Bribe. So he won’t take bribe. What will happen? The poor man will not get a bed in hospital because before him, there will be many more people who will acquire that bed for medical aid. As a result, his wife will die on the road in front of hospital and his son will also suffer death. Fascist Anna Hajare will kill many people just because of his wrong idea of Corruption actually he doesn’t even understand what corruption is. Corruption is the forced Scarcity in India which is because of the irrational governmental interventionism in Free Market.
c) Anyone can register complain against an ongoing process (Governmental or Private) claiming corruption in it. Anna Hajare and his team of Ombudsmen will investigate and offer their report within one year. Wow! So Fast, Is it really that fast?
Let’s say a businessman finds it profitable to build a private hospital in a village to provide easy and cheap medical facilities for poor village people (it will be highly profitable for him because there are a lot of consumers demanding such services but currently government doesn’t allow it by restricting privatization of medical sector). Any one will be able to complain against the businessman on false charges like the businessman forced poor villagers to sell their land etc. What will happen? The ombudsman will take 1 year to investigate and then will claim charges against the businessman. Much necessary hospital will not start working till then. If the Janlokpal will agree to take bribe from the businessman, the hospital will be ready soon but if the Janlokpal acts fascist, he will give wrong decision against the businessman alleging that he really forced villagers to sell land. As a result, the hospital will be further delayed. The Businessman will go to High Court which will further take 2 years and if he fails to prove his truthfulness in High Court too, he will go to Supreme Court which will further take 5 years. The villagers will not get any medical facility and affordable services till those 8-10 years and even after that it is not necessary that the businessman will get clearance for his hospital. People will suffer illness and death in absence of hospitals. Yet, Anna Hajare and co. will feel that they have reduced corruption.
The above discussion shows that Anna Hajare and IAC’s Janlokpal Bill will have a negative impact.
It will also encourage more corruption. It is pretty simple. Round about 5 to 10 crore people of India are working in Indian public sector, bureaucracy and politics. All of them use the collective money robbed from common citizens as taxes to manage, rule, control and dominate the country. Most of them are corrupt. They are corrupt because demands are always higher than the money collected through taxes. If the government increases taxes, people will reduce producing and hence government cannot increase taxes too high. Government and bureaucracy knows that they cannot fulfill demands and hence they will always be criticized, so they keep acting as if they are devoted to fulfill demands and this false act is corruption. The only way to reduce this corruption is the acceptance of the government that it cannot provide any such services fulfilling demands of every citizen and hence it should privatize them. But Anna Hajare, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan and others have different idea. They believe that since nobody checks on the working of government hence there is corruption. Thus, Anna Hajare and India Against Corruption proposed increasing another sector of bureaucracy which will work under Janlokpal. There will be around 28,000 more people working for that bureaucratic body. Increased bureaucracy can only increase corruption, it can never decrease it.