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Giving gyan a second chance.

DIGVIJAY Singh, it seems, can still surprise us. The granddaddy of moralising sermons turned around the other day and said that he was against gyan ; not something you would expect to come out of his perennially busy jaw. Upon investigation, it became clear that he wasn't talking about himself or, for that matter, anyone from his own party. Instead, this comment was directed at the Comptroller and Auditor General, and was followed up by a suggestion that Vinod Rai ought to look into all the leaks coming out of his office.

His sidekick Manish Tewari -- flouting Singh's newfound rules against gyan -- decided to pitch in on the subject of the CAG, who had come to the fairly sensible conclusion that decision- making in the UPA government had been quite brazen. Tewari made a feeble attempt to turn the tables by insisting that Rai had been a part of the government as an IAS officer from 2004 to 2008, which would mean that he was party to the overall " brazenness." Neither, however, even attempted to rebut the central thrust of Rai's comments, which is that corruption in the UPA regime had become so routine that it was being done in the open. This has become conventional wisdom to such an extent that Tewari was forced to take it on by saying, essentially, " see, he was doing it too." Singh's rebuttal also -- telling Rai to plug the leaks from his office -- was effectively an acknowledgment of the fact the CAG reports contain significant information that the UPA wants to keep a lid on. If the audits were all turning up positive numbers and good signs from the government, would they really care whether it is leaking out? Digvijay ought to practice as he preaches a little more on the gyan front, while the rest of should only be encouraging the one organ of the Indian state that is pushing for more transparency and accountability, i. e. doing his job.

Attempts to rebut Vinod Rai's ' brazen' remarks only end up acknowledging the UPA govt's unabashed corruption

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Date:Nov 12, 2012
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