Erad­i­cat­ing Cor­rup­tion

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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.

Rahma Mah­mood

La­hore, Pak­istan

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