I remember Indian politician Lalu Prasad Yadav for his simple demeanor and witty remarks. When he visited Pakistan in 2012, this plainly-dressed, apparently simple-minded politician from India stood in sharp contrast with our local politicians. The other reason why I remember Laluwas his achievement of turning around the Indian Railways. My relatives and friends who have been to India and have travelled by train can’t stop singing praises of the efficient system of the Indian Railways. Lalu has also done much for the Bihar state as its chief minister. But when he was found involved in corruption, he was duly charged and sentenced by the Indian courts.
Recently, the Indian Lok Sabha has passed the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill. I wonder when we will treat corruption as a serious problem. I don’t see much hope in this regard as the party that won elections on the basis of its anticorruption stance, the PTI, is busy with other issues.