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Krishna Kumar Singh, also known among friend circles KK and among close relative Krishna; Matriculation from Mithila High School Balour, Darbhanga in 1959, Graduated in Political Science Honours from C M College, Darbhanga, Bihar University in 1963; Joined post-graduate in Political Science the same year but dropped; joined Naxal movement under Charu Mazumdar, Kanu Sanyal, Satya Narayan Singh and Umadhar Singh in between but circumstances compelled to join literary work, clerk, proof readers etc in different publishing houses for livelihood; Finally joined journalism as career in different English newspapers and before my retirement from active journalism, I worked in The Times of India for about 19 years and retired as Chief Reporter  a few years back; continuing in journalism-reading more and more, writing more and more and praying to Almighty more and more-currently writing for different national English and Hindi dailies and magazines..

Thursday, 9 June 2011


Strange developments are taking place in India in the recent months. Huge corruption in corridor of power right from almost all state governments to union governments have come to light. Involvement of politicians, officials, power brokers, a few journalists in telecom scam and other scams in the country are practically breaking the back-bone of the democratic and secular fabrics of the country. Subsequently the controversy over a strong Lok Pal bill and obstinacy of civil society members led by Anna hazare is plaguing the checkmating of corruption menace in the country.
Thereafter, the  hue and cry over unearthing of huge black money in foreign banks and countries of  neo-rich  Indians and agitation of spiritual Guru and Yoga teacher, Swami Ramdev is also posing a big question mark over the way the union government should act!
Apart from that, scams after scams in Karnataka BJP government and,corruption in implementation of NAREGA in entire country , specially in Bihar because of misuse of funds and non-utilisation of the same fund have also raised many eyebrows throughout the country.
Ongoing trend in journalism to support the dictum of power-that-be for imposing undecalred censorship on newspapers and electronic media, and also news magazines to curb the freedom of expression is also giving a cautious note that are our media are going down to the drains or giving long rope to government to go scot free although some media are playing important role in  exposing the people and governments for its misdeeds.
Judiciary is also not untouchable to the recent declining trends in the country. Strangely Judges are also divided lots. Strange rulings some time wonder people-that also strange observations while hearing the cases- Judges should put on records the observation as per laws even to embarrass the government or anybody so in accoradance with law and legal procedure- they should not act like commentators , sitting in the judges commentary boxes!
Because of partisan attitude of the union and state governments towards the plight of poor, tribals etc in the country-Naxalites are rightly spreading their network in almost all states to fight state terror and feudal landloards
.Recent happenings in neighbouring Pakistan, Afghanistan etc in the wake of killing of Osama Bin Laden in US raids and increase in terrorists' activities in Pakistan and Afhganistan  appears to be disturbing trend in South-East Asia. The imperialist America , which economy is gradually slipping to downward trend, is creating unnecessary problems in the region! Fast changing political game of politics in gulf countries and also in the Middle East is giving agonising moments in the entire globe, particularly India, China and their neighbouring countries.Question of a new Constitution of Nepal, hanging fire for the last two to three years and India,s indifferences for playing possitive role towards its Himalayan neighbour-Nepal is bound to be rebound in harming the interest of India in future to come!
Firstly, to tackle corruption, Manmohan Singh government and almost all state governments have practically failed and new and effective law to curb the menace appears to be a distant dream. One should rightly agree with civil society that all power ful persons in power including in prime minister, lower to high officials, legislators, high court and supreme court judges etc must come under the perview of new Lokpal Bill! The union government is posing hurdles in framing the consensus bill to be passed by the Parliament. But the opposition leaders and MPs must be taken into confidence and their views must be solicited on the bill as ultimately they are peoples' representatives and they have to pass the bill in the Parliament ! Calm and cool discussions should be intiated to p repare the draft of Lokpal bill. Let us hope for the best as the enacted bill will prove a mile stone in tackeling corruption.
Secondly, I must discuss the current agitation of Swami Ramdev, who rightly wants to bring back black money stashed in foregign banks and countries.But the way Swami Ramdev is acting it appears thast he has become an extra-constitutional authorities! Everybody should condemn the night -long action of the Delhi police in Ramlila ground to disallow Ramdev and his supporters to carry indefinite fast to press for unearthing black money (In the process many have been injured and Swami Ramdev's unseemly character to flee the venue in woman's dress do not behove well for a Swami stature of Baba Ramdev). Surprisingly many politicians and people have desribed the event by equating Jallianwala bagh massacres and J P agitation suppression! Such comparision is highly objectionable to glorify Ramdev in the name historical facts, which people remember with reverance!
Now the latest call of Ramdev to raise militant organisation for self-defence shows his true character how he is serious about the unearthing of black-money. Forgetting his spiritual sermons and non-violence preachings of Mahatama Gandhi, Swami has moved a step forward to create anarchy in the country! To press his points before government, Swami wants to terrorise the government and civil society to accept his view points without any valid reasons. His action and call will definitely aggravate the terror activities by terrorists in the country. Not only that if he is realy sincere in his adventure , Ramdev should join Naxak movements and mobilise Naxalites to stop terror and state power atrocity on poor , dalits, tribals, backward and majority section of forward classes in the country. Ramdev should concentrate his fights with Naxalites against corporates, multinationals, capitalists, American impreliasm, and state's dubious role in acquiring lands of people for starting industries in forest as well as fertile landloards in almost all parts of the country. The way Ramdev is moving will bound to rebound! For unearthing black money, the union government should also initiate immediate action as per international treaties so that crores of Indian money stashed abroad should be brought back!
Need of the hour is freedom of press! Media must play a watch-dog. The Judiciary should move cautiously in this critical hour and look the Constitution and Laws in delivering and recording hearings and judgements. No doubt that executiuve and legislative organs of the government have failed in many aspects and judiciary has to take up their roles for the welfare of people! Many fungers have be raised in past avbout corruption in judiciary and at least three for chief justices of the Supreme Court are in docks and many judges of high courts are facing impeachments because of corruption.
If the presnt trend continues and a choosen few so called politicians, civil society members, and bureacracy , judiciary as well as sadhus and sants continue to indulge in such nefarious games, the real people of India, who constitutes 80 percent of rural areas and dependent on aghriculture, will rise to the occassion and teach them a lesson -our secular  democratic system will prevail..
BY K K Singh, Journalist, retired as chief reporter of The Times of india, based at Patna, Bihar.

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