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Is Arvind Kejriwal’s mission Kashmir anti-national?

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SAJJAD BAZAZ

Just a few days back, I received an SMS from an acquaintance. The content of the SMS surprised as well as alarmed me. Let me share the message with you:
Sir, I want list of top most corrupt ministers, politicians, IAS, IPS and KAS officers of Jammu and Kashmir. Can’t you help me in this noble cause?
There was another surprise loaded in the message. He identified himself as Ghulam-i-Khawaja of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)! You must be thinking how it surprised me. 
The sender was introduced to me in mid-nineties as a frontline cadre of a counter insurgency group. After their reign ended, the left-out cadres have mingled with common masses in a bid to live a normal life. And this Ghulam-i-Khawaja is one among them.
By sharing this piece of information with you, what I am trying to say is that of late, corruption has become a baby mostly of those who have nothing concrete to do. Thanks to Anna Hazari who paved way for many common faces to ladder on anti-corruption campaign and emerge as public figures. Emergence of Arvind Kejriwal, a mechanical engineer and former bureaucrat from Haryana, as a crusader against corruption is a case in point. He lost no time to launch his own party – Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Corruption is an international menace and is visible across boundaries. Bad economic conditions have made the societies wittingly or unwittingly, to integrate this menace in every aspect of our life. And these conditions have been making it extremely difficult for such individuals, societies, regions and countries to stay in business without resorting to unethical or illegal practices.
I don’t think, money changing hands unethically or illegally is one and the only form of corruption. Consider a situation where a person is selling his influence over the decision process involving a third party- be it a person or an institution. Isn’t this peddling of influence also a type of corruption?
Instances galore in our system of governance when incompetent persons, as a payment for supporting the regime, are selected before more able and deserving ones. Can’t we define this kind of patronage corruption? And of course, then there is practice of graft in which the official gains something of value, not part of his official pay, when doing his work.
Meanwhile, I came across a statement of Arvind Kejriwal in which he has said, “J&K is badly affected by corruption like Bihar. I am in contact and in consultation with various members of civil society, lawyers, retired bureaucrats, journalists and religious groups who in return are ensuring every kind of possible cooperation and are eagerly willing to fight against corruption in the State”.
I reckon this statement purely as a publicity stunt. Firstly, he must be well aware that J&K is a state where conflict rules. The concept of democracy here is totally different what he must be experiencing in rest of India. The state is a disturbed area and armed forces special power act is in vogue for the past two decades. A dig at any corrupt practice will open the Pandora’s Box in which he has to nail his own men who have been defending his India’s interest in Kashmir. Secondly, the likes of my acquaintance who have been assigned the job to stir anti-corruption campaign here is a big question mark on Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. It’s unfortunate that on the pretext of arresting the corruption menace, a process seems to be in the offing here to influence through unethical and illegal means those who matter. No doubt, diamond cuts diamond. But corrupt cannot beat corruption.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
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