This goes out to all Indians, in India, or across the globe to stand up and give a standing ovation to Vinod Rai, Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Just heard the breaking news on national TV about his address to students at Harvard and his courage of conviction to maintain the independence of the office of the CAG against the attempts of the political class to use power, subservient institutions like the bureaucracy and as a last resort, crass cheap politicking of the gutter variety!
When the office of CAG, led by Vinod Rai exposed the $ 20 Billion 2-G spectrum auction scam, the political class was numbed into deafening silence, which resounded across the country, and definitely within the global investor community- these poor investors from US and the EU lost their deposits and shirts, because of the back room scheming of our political class…
Round 2 of the 2 -G spectrum , in a battered global economy, yielded below par results, AND the political class went after Vinod Rai with hammer and tongs, insinuating that he did not know his numbers!! Clearly a case of sleazy politics managed by the spin doctors of the ruling political class….It was a delight to see Vinod maintain his poise in the face of this daily provocation and needling!
His candor and conviction has been amply demonstrated today during his address at Harvard!
While the Indian, shameless ( look at KALMADI and Bhanot), political class would be perhaps squirming in their high chairs, it is time for the largely subservient bureaucracy in our country to demonstrate ample courage of conviction and take on the hideously corrupt political class in our country and leverage an awakening judiciary to take on these pretenders , who claim to be chosen representatives of our democracy.
It may be fair for me to call on the DM of Murshidabad to start this initiative by taking the Congress MLA into custody, who led lumpen, criminal elements into his residence and office compound in a “fit” of democratic protest!!