The Chief Minister of Karnataka, home to India’s Silicon Valley, who was buried in corruption charges, finally resigned from his post and promptly proclaimed, “I am a free man.” How long will it be before our judicial system puts him and his cronies behind bars? The Telecom scandal of the 1990s featuring Sukh Ram took over 10 years to wind its way through our legal system, so Yeddurappa is probably a free man for several years to come. Meanwhile, the king-pin in the multi-crore CWG scam, Kalamadi, is claiming dementia.
Appalled by this and a litany of many more such scams, we have Anna Hazare, with an illustrious life dedicated to the service of the nation, on a war-footing to eradicate corruption, backed by scores of supporters. He wishes to fast unto death and our government won’t let him do that. If you ask me, given the dismal state of the country, we should be thankful that a man of his credibility, stature and deep sense of patriotism does not actually kill himself in despair!