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Vol. XLIX No. 22, 2011-08-28
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FIGHTING CORRUPTION
with Belief in Divine Accountability

ABDUL-MAJID JAFFRY argues that only good governance, developing appropriate systems and putting checks and balances in place will not solve the problem of prevalence of corruption. Building individual and national character on God-consciousness (Taqwa), fear of transcendental accountability and success and failure in the hereafter (Aakhirah) is a must for fighting this cancer.
 

Corruption is not a new phenomenon. It has existed throughout the history in various degrees and forms. No civilization can claim to be immune from the social rot of corruption. In bygone days, it was confined to limited scope and scale, but as time progressed and material civilization advanced with decline in morality, the tentacles of corruption permeated widely, openly, and brazenly to grip every facet of society. Today, in the less economically developed nations, the pervasive and debilit... More

 
 
 
ERADICATING CORRUPTION
Islam Provides Right Solution

By: ABU BAKER
 

Corruption is one of the evil acts practised by human beings out of selfish motives. It not only creates negative impact on economy of the country but, indirectly, destroys the balance of the social order also. It involves injustice as well as display of might or administrative connections. The Holy Qur’ān warns mankind of the consequence of injustice and violence, and states: “Do not do mischief on the land.” Allah asks mankind: “Who is more criminal than those who d... More

 
 
 
‘C’ for Corruption,
‘Sea’ Change by Contentment!

By ARHAM HUSAIN
 

The much awaited Lokpal Bill has re-heated the seemingly forgotten debate about what we Indians have for long seen as ‘mother-of-all ills’. Not even a single of you would be mistaken about what I am referring to. It is thephenomenon that has left no domain of public life unblemished, something that poses the most serious challenge to the ambitions of India Inc. Yes, you guessed it right! That word is “CORRUPTION”.

Corruptionalways existed, but the much discerni... More

 
 
 
GOVERNMENT’S LOKPAL BILL
is Mere Eyewash

By ARVIND KEJRIWAL
 

I reviewed the Government’s Lokpal Bill in great detail.  I am deeply concerned and not to mention alarmed with what I learned from it. Government has completely ignored the wishes of the common man and made a mockery of our hard fought struggle for strong anti-corruption laws. I have summarised the most troubling aspects of the government version here and suggested possible steps that everyone of you can take to help in this movement.

We had been demanding that an ins... More

 
 
 
Sick Man of the East

By: DR. S. AUSAF SAIED VASFI
 

After just 64 years of independence, the over-a-billion strong plural Bharat has woken up to the existence of a silent killer, a terminal disease that threatens to spread its virus from mind and heart to lungs, kidneys and pancreas, sooner rather than later.

India, the sick man of the East, is in the most critical stage of its life. Although the disease has rightly, though partially, been identified, the diseased is not prepared for surgical treatment. That, to the observers, is not t... More

 
 
 
Not Lokpal but
Umar bin Abdul Aziz Bill

By: KHAN YASIR
 

“What’s this?” he asked. “These are royal carriages,” royal servants said with uneasy looks in their eyes “…for your conveyance,” they explained. The new caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz sternly said, “My mule is enough for my conveyance.” He ordered the whole royal stable to be sold and its amount to be surrendered to Baitul Maal (public exchequer). When he reached home he was very upset, his maid sensing the unusual tension asked th... More

 
 
 
CORRUPTION: THE OMNIPRESENT, THE OMNIPOTENT
Arrest Degradation in Nation’s Values System

By: SYYED MANSOOR AGHA
 

Recently we celebrated our 64th Independence Day on August 15. The day marks the end of century-old British imperialism and beginning of self-rule in 1947. To be sovereign gives great feeling. This feeling was very strong in early days and in 50’s and 60’s the day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm. Even in remote villages public participation was visible. However by the passing time the enthusiasm has diminished and now celebrations of the Independence Da... More

 
 
 
Fight Corruption, Save India

By MUHAMMAD SALIM ENGINEER
 

We, after 64 years of independence from the British rule, are struggling for getting freedom from poverty, communalism, casteism and corruption. The more we are trying to come out of these chains the deeper and deeper we are going into slavery. Though appreciable are the schemes like MGNREGA for creating employment and curbing poverty in rural areas, the network of high ways, flyovers, world class metro cities, metro trains, wireless mobile communication and IT networks, advances in space and... More

 
 
 
THE BOON OF CORRUPTION

By OWAIS AHMAD
 

There is absolutely no doubt that, in the wrong hands, corruption can be of invaluable use. No, I have not lost my mind and I certainly do NOT support corruption, far from it. But think about it. Corruption is the largest malady that afflicts the general society at large. No country is immune to corruption. As the inventor or maker of any product knows its own product the best, similarly Allah the Exalted knows the hearts of human beings very well. He knows very well indeed, that the most in-... More

 
 
 
‘Law is Not a Substitute for Character’

RASHEEDA BHAGAT in “Are we trivialising corruption?” [The Hindu Business Line, July 5, 2011] presents the views of SUBROTO BAGCHI, Vice-Chairman of MindTree, on corruption. We reproduce some of those views for the benefit of our readers. _Ed.
 

Not surprisingly, he has a strong, and different, view on the subject of the Lokpal Bill. His take: “I am 54, travel all over the world and so do you. I\'ve come to this deep realisation that law is not a substitute for character.”

He feels we already have enough laws; per capita wise, Indians have the highest legal provision in the world, and we\'ve freely absorbed our kanooni sanskar (legal culture) from different people … “somebody came from Persia... More

 
 
 
CORPORATE CORRUPTIONS in Islamic Perspective

By SHAMIM A SIDDIQI
 

Capitalism has attained its perfection in the form of corporate management system. The Corporate System of America and elsewhere in the world symbolises all the inherent evils of capitalism – greed, temptation, monopolisation, exploitation, concentration of wealth and resources in the hands of a few, top heavy management, cheating, lying, misinformation, tax evasion, bribery, and extraordinary competition towards maximisation of profit. It has created a vested class of top executiv... More

 
 
 
CORRUPTION & CRONY CAPITALISM
The Unholy Linkage

SYED SULTAN MOHIDDIN analyses the extent of corruption and loss to nation by scams, and suggests measures for taking on the monster head on. He supports Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by Anna Hazare team, and advocates breaking of the unholy nexus between corporate houses, policy makers, politicians, media lobbyists, bureaucrats, etc.
 

In 1991, when neoliberal policies were unleashed in the country, it was promised by many BrettenWood-bred economic pundits that the end of “license-permit raj” and its cumbersome regulations and protectionism heralds a new era of corruption-free India.  Barely two decades later, Dr.Manmohan Singh, the very person who launched these policies, finds himself in the midst of a glut of scams – that have siphonedoff billions of rupees from the state exchequer.  ... More

 
 
 
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HOW TO FIGHT IT?
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