[Assam] From The Sentinel/ HOW?

Ram Sarangapani assamrs at gmail.com
Fri May 11 10:56:49 PDT 2007


I agree. This is one of the worst things that is wrong with Indian
politicains. When the question of 'criminal politicians' and of divulging
ill-gotten gains was brought up by the Supreme Court - even MM Singh
'Warned' the Court of overstepping and the term 'judicial activism' has made
its way into India too.

Now, I know there are many Indians thinking about this and are embarrassed,
At least they are now thinking about accountability.

BTW - why didn't the state govt (Assam) arrest this guy and charge him with
capital murder. If the Assam Govt. so wanted, public prosecutors in Assam
could at least make sure this guy made a huge mistake in making Assam his

Just my thoughts


On 5/11/07, Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
> The following heart-rending plea from the Sentinel today . I am not
> holding my breath there will be ideas forthcoming from 'Citizens'. It is
> unlikely  Tom Friedman would volunteer. Ramchandra Guha probably doesn't
> think any is needed. How about NRA Netters :-)? Any taker?
> cm
> Crime and Politics
> There is no use talking about ''crime and punishment'' in this country.
> This is so because most of the hardened criminals afford to go scot-free
> despite the so-called rule of law being in place. This rule of law, however,
> does exist - but only for ordinary citizens, utterly powerless, so very
> voiceless. Add to this the oft-repeated fact of politicization of crime - a
> step ahead of criminalization of politics. So when Prabhat Singh was
> murdered in broad daylight in Guwahati on Tuesday by Manish Ranjan Sharma
> alias Munna, hailing from Bihar, allegedly at the behest of the son of an
> influential Bihar MP, what has come up yet again is the manner in which
> criminality has corrupted the contours of Indian politics. Not only this. A
> hired goon from Bihar enters Guwahati and kills on the basis of instructions
> allegedly given by his political mentor in Bihar - see his audacity! That a
> love affair was the root cause of the murder, does not in any way justify
> such heinous crime. What it proves is the increasing criminality in the
> society, thanks to the majority of politicians who have worked on different
> crime designs to sustain their political careers basically because by nature
> they are given to criminality. The advantage for them is that there is no
> bar that restrains people with criminal background or criminal propensities
> from contesting elections. The irony after about 60 years of Independence is
> that our Parliament and State legislatures are teeming exactly with such a
> class of people. There is one more aspect: even seemingly clean politicians
> - clean in their individual lives - seek the help of, and then patronize,
> criminal elements in order to cling on to power, because power has already
> corrupted them. Such politicians are no less a part of the process that
> makes a blend of politics and crime. It is time one stopped such forces from
> hijacking the nation.* But how*? It is for the citizens of the country to
> decide.
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