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Sanjeev is right when he stated in the flyer titled, "What ails India?"
that our first priority is to root out corruption among politicians,
business people, public officials, and bureaucrats. This he hopes to
achieve firstly by evolving a method by which good people can contest
and win in elections and secondly by privatization of most economic
activities barring a few sensitive areas.

When India became independent in 1947, public officials practiced
corruption on a small scale. Our first elected representatives, who got
into office because of making sacrifices during freedom struggle, were
new to corruption. In the name of socialism, the government nationalized

most of the economic activities and imposed several controls and
restrictions. The common man consented to this policy with the hope that

everybody would have education and government employment. With too much
power getting concentrated with the government, people had no other go
except to bribe public officials for getting their works done.
Nationalization deprived work for many rich landlords and business
people. They found it convenient to enter politics and practice
corruption on a large scale by joining hands with the public officials
and bureaucrats. Those public officials and bureaucrats, who did not
join the fray, got transfer to less important departments. With the
creation of more than necessary jobs, inefficiency crept into every
government department. The employees unions became so powerful that they

got several benefits such as periodic revision of pay scales, time-bound

promotions, retirement benefits, and employment to their children, and
lenient treatment to those suspended on corruption charges. In course of

time, the employees' unions managed to get their demands fulfilled by
paralyzing public life through strikes. Staff salaries took away more
than 90 percent of the government's income. Several government
undertakings engaged in economic activities are running under heavy
losses. The government had to look for international assistance in
collaboration with government departments for taking up developmental
works.

For all these years, the common man believed that nationalization is for

his good and privatization for the good of rich people. The truth is
that the employees alone are the beneficiaries of nationalization. Most
of the educated youth failed to get government jobs. The educated
jobless had to make a living by getting into politics or indulging in
certain antisocial and illegal activities such as dacoity, naxalism,
damaging public properties, promoting terrorism, smuggling goods,
secessionist activities, etc. The only way the people engaged in
antisocial and illegal activities can be brought back into the national
stream is to give them freedom to take up any economic activity of legal

nature, including production of goods, trade, tourism, transport, etc.
Such a decision not only creates employment, but also makes the
government employees to work efficiently to face the competition from
the private sector. The government does not want this, as it is afraid
of losing importance. The employees, who know well that their monopoly
gets lost and inefficiency exposed, also do not allow the government to
implement this decision.

It is the duty of the IPI to mobilize public opinion in favor of
privatization of most economic services of legal nature and make the
government to implement it. By removing all controls, the elected
representatives cannot make much money in politics. All those interested

in making money leave politics to take up some economic action. There
would then be a reduction in the cost of electioneering. There will then

no need for the government to pay electioneering charges to the
candidates contesting in elections. Only good people interested in human

service remain in politics.

Jagadiswara Rao





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