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Thursday, November 08, 2007


A shortage of basic decent human life in India has forced a common person to be corrupt. It is impossible for a common man to own a roof, provide good education to his children and hope for a peaceful retirement in India using normal and honest means. One has to bribe someone to get a good education, to get a deserving job and to avail services, which one is entitled as being a citizen of India.  A two percent growth rate in the GDP for two decades and explosive population growth in the last fifty years has brought corruption to every sphere of life in India.  With such a huge population and massive government control, everything seems to be in short supply.

With loose campaign financing rules, millions of rupees are funneled in various political party’s election fund from the major industrial houses. This results in higher prices of the goods used by the general public. Subsidies in the name of poor, which never reach to the one intended, facilitate corruption in more government employees.  


Government’s funding of inefficient steel plants, oil refineries, fertilizer and chemical plants and other massive money losing public sector is a direct result of poorly managed and highly corrupt administration.

Corruption in India exists because of the unfulfillment of the basic needs of the general population.  To eradicate corruption, India has to implement right macro-economic policies rather than questioning the ethical standards of its population.


The last, wan defence but one is that Pakistan is too vast for any minority to rule effectively (Proud But A Failing State , Deccan Herald, Peter Preston, Nov 08, 2007)

It may be that India remains the only stable democracy in this part of the world, but we are obliged to remember that our democratic habits and manners are under daily assault from different sources. (A Few Simple Lessons From Pakistan Statecraft, Hindu, Harish Khare , Nov 08, 2007)

From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)

REELING from serious setbacks on most foreign policy fronts, the Bush administration has undertaken a major effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Talk of the gambler’s last throw of the dice! (A Futile Peace Initiative, Dawn, Tariq Fatemi, Nov 08, 2007)

GEORGE Orwell understood both tyranny and language very well. One of his many insights in this context is that tyrannical governments change the meaning of words. (Emergency Or Martial Law?, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

A REPORT by the Asian Development Bank on Pakistan’s socio-economic status belies the claims of progress that the government often makes in connection with health, education and other human development indicators. (No Trace Of Progress, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

Behind the public rage of Pakistan’s lawyers, who protested for a third day on Wednesday, lies a long-smoldering resentment toward the country’s military President, who at first held out a promise for educated, politically moderate Pakistanis. . . (Why Pak Lawyers Are At The Centre Of Protests Against General Musharraf, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Escalating political tensions in Pakistan, the opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto announced on Wednesday that her party would carry out a mass demonstration on Friday and a protest march next week if the President, General Pervez Musharraf . . . . (Bhutto’S Protest Call Sets Up Confrontation, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Three books that constitute an instructive guide to governance in the United Kingdom. (Politicians & Lies, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 08, 2007)

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA is loved by millions around the world, especially in his country, Peru. Like Jorge Luis Borges, Llosa’s aesthetic pursuit coincides with his political concern, though it is often alleged that his writings are not candidly devoted . . . (Defiantly Amiable, Frontline, Shelley Walia, Nov 08, 2007)

Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s declaration that “every reference from every quarter” on corruption issues would be taken cognizance of and the necessary probes carried out, is in keeping with his character. (Transparency Pays, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose Emergency in Pakistan looks like his last desperate effort to restore a semblance of order in a nuclear-armed, jihad-supporting nation propped up by an imagined identity and foreign aid (General's Last Gambit, Pioneer, Wilson John, Nov 07, 2007)

Defence Minister A.K. Antony has said that defence deals will not be rushed into at the cost of transparency. The government is taking all efforts to modernise the armed forces. (“Defence Deals Not At The Cost Of Transparency”, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday gave a go-ahead for a massive military action in the restive tribal areas to crush pro-Taliban and Al Qaeda militants once for all. (Big Crackdown In Tribal Border Belt, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

TRUCKERS on National Highway 47, long used to greasing the palms of officials for easy passage through the checkpost at Walayar, are now offered an interesting alternative by the Government of Kerala. (Kerala's Check On Corruption, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

At the end of two years in office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa remains far from meeting his promise of solving the ethnic conflict. (Resting On Laurels, Frontline, B. MURALIDHAR REDDY, Nov 07, 2007)

WITH the Indian electorate repeatedly delivering fractured mandates in a number of States, and in Parliament, the phenomenon of hung legislatures, with the resultant dilemma of who should be invited to form the government, has long demanded . . . (Governor's Choice, Frontline, V. VENKATESAN, Nov 07, 2007)

COALITION politics in Karnataka, currently in a serious crisis of credibility, may yet get a fresh lease of life, with Governor Rameshwar Thakur expected to invite an alliance of the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) back to . . . (Coalition Circus, Frontline, PARVATHI MENON, Nov 07, 2007)

Horse-Trading” has been an allegation that rival political parties have levelled against each other in the current crisis. Although direct evidence of monetary pay-offs to legislators is virtually impossible to marshal, such pay-offs . . . . . . . (The Bellary Billionaires, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Whether we are bureaucrats or politicians (or, for that matter, journalists) we Pakistanis are so accustomed to perks and privileges that we gobble them up like mother’s milk. (Perks And Privileges, Dawn, Hafizur Rahman, Nov 07, 2007)


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