Independent Status of C.B.I and Corruption Cases
The issue of corruption in the country has turned very serious and precarious. It is a matter of grave concern that central and state governments, ruling political parties, ministers and bureaucrats have been found involved in looting the government exchequer badly. The big scandals that have come to the fore at the central level during the recent days have shaken the entire country. It is further disquieting that the benefit of welfare schemes devised for the poor masses does not reach the aamaadmi owing to the prevalent corruption. MGNREGA, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Indira AwasYojna, Multi-sectoral Development Programme, Mid-Day Meal, P.D.S, Rural Health Mission and other rural development schemes are prey to worst sort of corruption. This condition has on one hand turned the national economy upside down while on the other further increased the deprivation of the poor and downtrodden.
The affidavit filed in the Supreme Court by Mr.RanjitSinha, Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has raised a question on the independent status of this agency. In his affidavit, the CBI Director has admitted that the investigating agency has no existence of its own. This revelation has reduced all the investigations made by this agency into the various scandals, wherein the central government and its ministers are directly involved, to a farce. For, when this agency has been practically reduced to be a part of the government and system, it is futile to expect its independent functioning.
Therefore, it is not possible to restore confidence in this agency unless and until necessary amendments are made to pronounce the independent status of it. The CAC of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind feels that if the worsening of the situation keeps on thus, the country and society might suffer grave consequences. The CAC seriously feels that the change in the situation is possible only when good and honest individuals of the society come forward for its rectification, national politics is purged of corrupt politicians, politics is bound with values, and a strong and powerful institution of Lokpal at the central level and institutions of Lokayuktas at state levels are formed, covering in their ambits Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, bureaucrats, CBI, Members of Parliament and State Assemblies and Councils and corporate and public sector officials. And let a powerful and independent body appoint very talented and honest persons to the posts of Lokpal and Lokayuktas; there must not be any role of Union and State governments in their appointments.
This session of CAC also draws the attention of masses towards the fact that the evil like corruption cannot be rooted out with mere legislation unless and until the persons holding responsible posts do have in their hearts the fear of God, believe that their Creator and Master is watching them and that they have to be accountable to Him for each and every act of theirs. It is this sense of accountability before God which in fact prohibits individuals from wrongdoing and treading the wrong path. What is needed is that along with stringent legislation, appointment of men of sterling character to responsible posts and binding politics with values, the attention of the ranks and files of the country is drawn towards the shaping of their morals and character.
Government Persecution in Bangladesh
The process of wreaking violence and atrocities against political rivals especially the leaders and supporters of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami by the Awami League government in Bangladesh has been on for long. Now this process has been extended to the common Muslims as well, the biggest proof of which is the infliction of uncalled for atrocities by government security agencies on the activists of a mass movement called Hefazat-e-Islam in Dhaka on 5 and 6 May. These people had gathered there in thousands to demand stern laws against blasphemy and to stringently punish the blasphemers of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him). But the government used excessive power to disperse them. The leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam were forcefully thrown from Dhaka; the newspapers and TV channels supporting Hefazat-e-Islam were banned. Not to say of this only, to break the force of Hefazat-e-Islam and to defame it, the government is exploiting very dangerous means. According to reliable sources, during the protests the government got the copies of the Qur’ān and other Islamic literature set on fire by its agents and levelled the blame for it on Hefazat-e-Islam movement so that the masses might be prompted against it and they turn against this movement. According to the news reports by authentic national and international media, violence, destructive activities, arson, attacks on masses and desecration of the Holy Qur’ān are in fact being perpetrated by state agents and the blame for these acts is levelled against Hefazat-e-Islam movement. The fact is that after seeing the protests of 5-6 May the Awami League government has lost its senses and wants to crush the mass movement rising against it at any cost.
This session of CAC of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind severely condemns this action of the government of Bangladesh, and demands from it that it stops forthwith this process of wreaking oppression against the Opposition, and having withdrawn all the cases against them release them. This session also appeals to the Government of India to try to keep Bangladesh Government from undemocratic and anti-people measures by exercising her influence on Bangladesh.
The Complex Situation in Syria
The situation in Syria is getting complex day by day; incidents of violence and bloodletting are on the increase; civil-war-like condition is prevailing. Israel is benefitting from this situation. Without any provocation, it having made attacks on the Syrian border killed many persons, which further worsened the situation over there. The Bashar al-Asad government of Syria is responsible for this entire situation; for it, having exploited undue force against its own citizens, is killing them. The news of desecration of the graves of Hajr bin Adi and other revered elders in Syria is also a matter of concern for the Ummah. With the air strike on the border of Turkey, which killed about 50 persons, conflict between Syria and Turkey has also emerged. Turkey says that this attack was made by the Syrian government. The CAC of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind looks at this situation with a sense of concern. The most troublesome aspect of it is that Europe and America, working on their agenda, are trying to fish in troubled waters. They are apparently helping the revolutionists while not going in favour of removing Bashar al-Asad for the time being. They fear that in case of the fall of Bashar al-Asad regime, the group of revolutionists having Islamic leaning would come to power and prove tough opponent for America. Perhaps it is in view of the delicacy of the situation that America and Russia have jointly moved for a peaceful dialogue which reportedly has support from Iran and Arab countries. However, the stand of Syrian government and the revolutionists is not clear in this regard. But one thing is certain that there will be no role of the democratic elements and Islamic groups in Syria in any such course; they will be kept away from it. This session appeals to Muslim States and their organisations to search for a solution to the problem on their own so that America and Europe might not get the chance to fish in troubled waters. This session appeals in particular to Iran to adopt a moderate and just stand on the Syrian imbroglio and not to extend blind support to the Syrian regime. The CAC session feels that some acceptable solution to the Syrian imbroglio can be devised and thus western powers can be kept at bay if all active Muslim countries including Iran make joint efforts in this regard.