There are many facets to the acquittal of J Jayalalithaa. With highly differing verdicts at the lower court and the Karnataka High Court, perhaps the denouement will lie at the apex court level. Jayalalithaa has found legal relief from her long ordeal which she faced with fortitude and a rare political acumen with which she enhanced her image even while out of office. Not many are as capable. At the state level, she stands supreme, given the fragmentation within her bete noir, the DMK. And at the national level she is beholden to none as she had waged a lonely battle all along. It is evident that on Centre–state relations, she would be setting her own terms. This has been her forte, more so now with this new aura.
Cracking down on corruption
Corruption is so rampant these days and has assumed such sophisticated dimensions that there is literally a parallel economy ruining the country and making the job more difficult for policymakers. It is heartening to note that the Lok Sabha has now cleared the black money Bill that empowers the government to act stringently against those adopting corrupt practices. Like any other issue, eradicating corruption requires a political will. The important thing is that at least, the new government in place now has shown an inclination to get tough on corruption and black money, which were not evidently seen earlier. Determined efforts can certainly make them translate intentions into actions through credible policy initiatives and tracking mechanisms. Nobody has any legal or moral right to take the law into their hands and hold the country to ransom for attaining pecuniary gains. Once the government brings back black money, the other requirements will follow. Truly, a welcome development, to take growth forward.
Srinivasan Umashankar, Nagpur
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