India in shambles, only the Judiciary can save us


Book: India in Shambles - Only the Judiciary Can Save Us
Author : K.C. Agrawal
Year : 2013 Price: 370
ISBN : 9788192816609
Distributor: Jain Book Agency

Developed societies and developed minds own and deserve developed countries. India was always in shambles for ages due to a discriminatory and caste-based society. There is no integration of Indian society and economy - we all think in different directions.

The book "India in Shambles, Only the Judiciary can save us" by KC Agarwal is in itself in shambles. Not a single page in the book reflects developed and matured thoughts. All chapters reflect very low level of understanding of the real situation.

Knowledge is built brick by brick, step by step, and to write about a society one must be interacting with society on day-to-day basis and problems of India are to be addressed one by one and India needs to organise 1250 million brains with many billion problems to be addressed and managed in an organised and systematic manner applying right technologies.

It is true, all four pillars of the Indian Republic can individually address most of our problems but they all are very weak and incompetent. Press, Judiciary, Executive and Legislature are all very weak and immature.

How can we consider our judiciary strong when it can’t improve consumer courts, for example, which come directly under their domain at the lowest level? Other than constitution, judges know little else or pretend to know little else - it is petitioners and professional pleaders, whom we call advocates, who guide them through the case to procure court orders for their clients.

This is weakness of our judiciary which KC Agarwal didn’t experience so far. For example, riots in Gujarat or UP were broadcast in real time but Supreme Court was silent until some petition was moved. Occasionally judges do take suo moto actions which are just initiation of investigation but orders follow only on the basis of evidence.

SY Quraishi, former CEC, the chief guest during the release of this book on 7 March, 2014 disappointed people by first claiming that conducting elections and counting of votes is the ultimate level of governance but did nothing to first keep out incompetent and criminals from contesting elections, second, failed to make party politics transparent and, third, refused to make registered political parties release their ‘Election Manifestos & Party Constitution Public’, say six months in advance.

EC had failed to act on petitions directly or indirectly to make party politics transparent and election manifestos and party constitution public.

Things rather progressed in the backward direction.  Topics of contest in this forthcoming election are Sardar Patel or who organised more riots or who is more corrupt, etc.

Indian governors, ministers, judges, civil servants of secretary level do not present their credentials to the superior appointing authority and this lets in incompetent and corrupt assume important positions in government. This alone shall clean up 90 percent of our constitutional authorities and functionaries.

Few good lines in the book are per capita income of small farmers or labourers is Rs. 5000 and Rs. 6000 which is $90 to $100 annually for over 70% population. But the chapter on distribution of wealth is weak. Black money is generated due to leakages in tax collections (72%), middlemen not adding value and failure of banks to serve the people of India who have to depend on moneylenders. Indians have practically no equity in listed companies and no share in natural resources, otherwise the minimum income of Indians would have been over Rs. 20,000 per capita which is well above poverty line.

Ravinder Singh

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2014 on page no. 21

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