A spotless political system in the making?

The Supreme Court's decision was one India needed a long time ago. | Image Source: Imageshack.us
The Supreme Court’s decision was one India needed a long time ago. | Image Source: Imageshack.us

Supreme Court’s recent pronouncement of barring the politicians who have been convicted or are jailed from contesting in the elections, has created an upheaval in the political fraternity of the country. With a vision of cleaning the political system of the nation, the decree has been welcomed by the common man, but a judgment always has a flip side.

Scores of politicians and several political parties are gainsaying the decision by putting forth the argument of false involvement and implications which sometimes put a politician behind the bars. On one hand, the mass is of the view that the decision will bring the game of muscle power to an end whereas the counter point raised by a number of politicians say that several lawmakers go to jail because they are involved in various protests against the authority.

Lawmakers should abide laws, is the crux of the proclamation made by the apex court. But the issue which now arises is about the role of the judiciary system of our country. Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, raised an argument about the job of judiciary system of our country. He stated that the work of the judiciary system is to enforce laws, the system cannot make laws. This comment of the retired judge of the Supreme Court can lead to a number of questions on the decision of the court.

If one thinks from the angle of a common person, then it is an obligatory necessity to clean up the political system of the nation, but is it possible to heave away the roots of corruption and hoodlum-ism from the system which has gotten used to the way it is operating? Imposing the decision just before the 2014 general elections has impaled the chances of candidature of many contenders. Contesting from the jail is now looking highly unlikely until the political parties bulldoze the authority to review the pronouncement.

The onus of making policies for the development of the country lies in the hands of the lawmakers/politicians, but to drive the system in the right direction, it should be first made spotless in such a way that it does not put an honest candidate under the fire of allegations. In a country where it is a routine job for a common person to fight for his/her basic rights, the last hope which now persists is a clean political system.

“I am not guilty for the 2002 Gujarat riots”, says Modi

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“I hold no guilt for the Gujarat riots, but I condemn the happening of such horrendous atrocity and deaths of the innocents.”

Guarding himself and his so-called proactive roll in the infamous 2002 riots, Gujarat Chief Minister [CM] Narendra Modi, has said that his government had utilized its total strength to do the correct thing and he holds no guilt about it.

In an interview, he said that people had the right to analyse in a democracy, but he did not have any guilt. He mentioned he condemned the riots, but also added that he would have been sad even if a puppy comes under a car. “Am I a CM or not? I’m a human being too. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad”, Modi said when asked if he regrets the happening of the riots.

Modi also argued that till now, he felt that the people of this country have harnessed their full strength to do the right and needful thing. “People have a right to be analytic, as we reside in a democratic country, where everyone has their own views and are allowed to keep it forward,” he said. “I would be guilty if I did something wrong. Disappointment comes when you think I got caught, and (if)I was stealing something and I got exposed. But that’s not my case.”

Modi also argued that the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team has given him a clean chit in the matter.

“Our Supreme Court is considered to be one of the best judicial courts in the world,” he said. “The Supreme Court appointed a special investigative team and the country’s top-most officials oversee them. In their report, I was thoroughly given a clean chit.”

This was Modi’s first interview after being appointed as the BJP’s election campaign committee chief, an elevation which is being considered as an unofficial declaration of him leading the party for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He has emerged as a convincing contender for the post of prime minister from the leading opposition party, even though the controversies around the brutal 2002 riots in the state refuses to end. This claimed to be a threat to Modi’s reign in Gujarat, and also overshadow his future plans of contesting the 2014 elections.

Though granted a clean chit by the investigation team, the fact is still that Modi’s role in handling the situation during the 2002 riots was more of fueling the fire to people’s rage, rather than taking measures to control it or curb it.

He may be projected as the future of the Indian political arena, but then one can’t really ignore his alleged role in the riots that claimed the lives of over 3,000 civilians. The question still remains as to why was such an atrocity committed. Was it an ill-provoked outburst of  Hindus against Muslims, or was it just a political move to fulfill some mere agenda, at the cost of people’s lives?

Government blocks 39 porn websites

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The government in an order dated June 13th directed the Department of Telecommunications(DoT) to ban 39 sites. The DoT order has not been transparent or clear about the reasons for the said ban. DoT has in accordance with the order, directed the Internet Service Providers(ISPs) to block the websites. The users see a blank page if they try to access these sites or a message saying that the website has been blocked pursuant to court orders by the Department of Telecommunications.

The directive from the government comes more than two months after Supreme Court’s notice to the ministries of home affairs, information technology, and information and broadcasting about the petition seeking an anti-pornography law which was filed by advocate Vijay Panwani, according to reports.

Now, India stands among countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China and maybe even Iceland, which according to a report in Economist will soon pass legislation outlawing pornography. The objections against pornography are widely known: it causes moral degradation of society, it objectifies women and makes them out to be commodities, etc. Even so, banning of pornographic websites by draconian means is no way to achieve the required objectives. In countries where pornography is banned, the use of proxy servers and Virtual Private Networks(VPN) are used to access prohibited data. Implementation, a weak spot for the Indian government, is the key to impose this rule on the citizens of India.

 

Apex Court dismisses plea against Ranbaxy Laboratories

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a probe against Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd for allegedly manufacturing and selling substandard medicines due to lack of evidence against the company.

A bench of justices A K Patnaik and Ranjan Gogoi, however, allowed the petitioner advocate M L Sharma to file a fresh petition if he finds some evidence against the company in support of his allegation that the company is engaged in manufacturing and selling substandard drugs.

The bench said that it cannot decide the plea against the company on the basis of a judgement passed by a US court against Ranbaxy.

“Your entire argument is based on proceedings in US. We have no jurisdiction over it. Show us material that things are happening in India and it adversely affects right to life of people here,” the bench observed adding, “Where is the material against Ranbaxy”.

“No material has been placed to show that drugs manufactured by any unit of Ranbaxy are substandard, adulterated, spurious and that such drugs are prohibited under the law. In absence of such material, we cannot entertain the plea,” the bench said.

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Sahara’s plea rejected again

After a great drama at the hearing at the Supreme court, Sahara was unfortunate enough to receive a grant again to deposit money with the Sebi, the money it had illegally raised from investors through operationally fully convertible debentures and the necessary documents. the court straightaway dismissed Sahara’s application stating that it was a very unfortunate application and that they should have charged the application along with dismissing it.