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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Thanks To Fumiko Nagano At The World Bank. The Prime Minister's Office and Rashtrapathi Bhavan Could Learn From You.

Unless I am very mistaken, Ms Nagano visited twice before choosing to place my comment on her blog.

I appreciate that act of responsibility. I appreciate the opportunity to get my plaint across.

India's Corruption Quaqmire
Submitted by divakarssathya on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 00:46.

While the idea of the zero rupee note is commendable, it looks in the wrong direction.

India's pervasive corruption is more a function of the self serving sluggishness of the ruling class - the recently exposed Ruchika Girhotra case and my own experience indicate that checks and balances have collapsed and coalesced into one corrupt predatory ruling class.

Very little difference between the judiciary, the administration, the legislature and the press. They all know that bad, perverse, dysfunctional behaviour is the capital with which to earn money and power. The old "Pinch the child and then rock the cradle" idea.

My fear is despite the fantastic growth figures, India is fast deteriorating into an administrative nightmare and a bit of a basket case.

Transparency and accountability are the mantras that will create the necessary paradigm shift.

The RTI ACT 2005 as a piece of legislation is brilliant.

But count on the bureaucrats to racketeer on this too.

Even as we speak, Dr Manmohan Singh’s Office, “Daredevil” Pratibha Patil’s Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, State Information Commissioner CD Arha are all in a criminal conspiracy to deny me justice.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court in the inimitable manner of the Indian judiciary has misbehaved egregiously.

If you would like to know about the sheer impossibility of living a sane, unexploitative, equitable life in India, you and your esteemed visitors may want to visit and participate at

Andhra Pradesh High Court’s Pernicious Rebellion Against The Law .05/29/09

RTI Act 2005 Abuse In Andhra Pradesh- SIC Cheats! Chief Secretary Lies!05/07/09

Prejudiced CIC Laps Up PMO Lies 05/05/09

Divakar S Natarajan and Varun Gandhi Cannot Both Be Wrong ! 01/28/09

And India’s editorial class will not report the story!

Divakar's Sathyagraha

News and views from Divakar S Natarajan’s, “no excuses”, ultra peaceful, non partisan, individual sathyagraha against corruption and for the idea of the rule of law in India.

Now in its 18th year.

In contrast, Rashtrapathi Bhavan is quiet happy to remain blizzzzfully ignorant.

The panjandrums at PMO will probably send out a black cornered notice, through some men in black suits and neuralyze my comment off the blog.

Looking further into the future, the Men In Black from PMO will probably decide to neuralyze themselves and disappear among the milling crowds of NYC and start new identities marketing biryani on the streets of Manhattan.

Unless of course they decide to sample the booze on the flight back home,get frisky with our havaii sundaris and end up on the screens of our news channels.

In which case the PMO's Media Adviser will be seen neuralysing all the people going into and coming out of the studios.

There was also this , alas, anonymous, comment:

Agree with divakarsathya
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/03/2010 - 11:02.

I agree with Divakarssathya. While the zero rupee note is an interesting idea, what real tangible impact it will have is questionable.

It's not like we're unaware of the corruption that plagues this country, and most officials brazenly abuse their power- even if they might give it some seemingly harmless (borderline warm fuzzy) name (chai-paani). That one can appeal or wake their conscience with a zero rupee note does make for a good story and an interesting read.

However, as pointed out in the comment above, the RTI Act is the way to go. The more Indians are aware of this Act the more effectively it can be used and the more realistic our hopes towards a system that is rid of corruption.

@divakarssathya I just went through your blog. It is a brave attempt. Please don't give up. May you see success soon.

PS: This comment was also published on

New Paradigm Digest



MQ said...

Hi, a very compelling message you have here. If only we could reach it out to the thousands of young minds that are growing and getting corrupted. We seem not to believe in ourselves and democracy, but in the power of authority and corruption as a way of life.
Each day is turning to be a pathetic way of survival by turning blind to atrocious acts around us.
We need to work on a solution. Id say we need to realise the power within us. Kickstart a new revolution.

Divakar S Natarajan said...

Start a revolution ? Sure !
We can start with, "adding more credibility to your comment by please mentioning your name and city"

MQ said...

Haha.. My apologies.
Identity : Suhail
Location : Trichur

Divakar S Natarajan said...

Welcome to the sathyagraha, Suhail.