This refers to the Supreme Court's poser why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was silent for 16 months in taking a decision on a private complaint seeking sanction for prosecuting the former Telecom Minister, A. Raja, in the 2G Spectrum scam. If the economic liberalisation he masterminded as Finance Minister gave Dr. Singh the reputation of being a genius, it didn't give him any leverage to be a statesman. In the Spectrum scam, Dr. Singh has allowed his reputation to be harmed. This is definitely not what people expect from Dr. Singh, who is respected even in the rival camp for his unmatched quality in personal and professional life.
Thanks to the highest court for posing the question to the Prime Minister, who has yet to make a statement on the issue. The exchequer has been deprived of an unimaginable sum of money and the guilty should be punished. But who will bell the corporate world which seems to have flouted all the rules?
The snowballing of scams shows that corruption and crime are natural consequences of the crippling of social consciousness and, as Albert Einstein pointed out in 1949 (in a luminous essay titled “Why Socialism?”), the greatest evil of capitalism. As far as India is concerned, the danger is much more serious as Vivekananda pointed out more than a century ago. He said: “… if you give up that spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the materialising civilisation of the West, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race; because the backbone of the nation will be broken, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built will be undermined and the result will be annihilation all round.”
When the 2G spectrum was auctioned in 2008, the process was well publicised. But for a few stray voices, the Opposition was silent then. Why is it creating a storm now? Did it let the irregularities happen so that it could capitalise on it and gain political mileage?
I don't know why the Opposition, which is now stalling Parliament, did not show the same anger when the auction was carried out. Is it not the primary duty of a responsible Opposition to avert a huge loss to the nation? Had the 2G spectrum been auctioned during recession, it would not have fetched the same amount as the 3G spectrum.