21 October, 2020

Bull's Eye

Mayawati’s explanation was unique. Her disproportionate assets were not. Almost all politicians have disproportionate assets. Why, even Sonia Gandhi...

Bull's Eye
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At the start of the century, people hoped the world would enter a new phase of freedom and transparency. Seven years have passed. Things are worse. Dictatorships have not become democratic. Democracies are becoming dictatorial. Where does the fault lie?

Because of widespread public awareness in the information era, more and more people know what’s going on. But political accountability remains elusive. So what faith can people summon for democracy when they know that corrupt politicians rule them?

Recently people were shocked after an income tax tribunal legitimised Mayawati’s hugely disproportionate assets. It accepted that her wealth was accumulated through "gifts" from her impoverished supporters. Mayawati’s explanation was unique. Her disproportionate assets were not. Almost all politicians have disproportionate assets. Some have undeclared wealth in foreign banks. No explanations are sought. None are given. Why, even Sonia Gandhi failed to respond to allegations by credible sources that she received KGB funds and had over...

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