India Shining: No way says group

New Delhi, January 20, 2006 After assessing governance and development in India, an independent group reports that there is hardly any good news. It says, India is whining and not shining, a newspaper said.

After assessing governance and development in India, an independent group reports that there is hardly any good news. It says, India is whining and not shining, a newspaper said. Yes, politicians with criminal records do take up significant space in the 2006 Citizens Report on Governance and Development. Nearly 25 percent of Lok Sabha (Lower House of the parliament) MPs have criminal cases against their names. Count the 36-45 age group MPs alone and the figure jumps to 30 percent, the Hindustan Times said. But, says Jagadananda of the National Social Watch Coalition, the problem runs deeper: right from parliament that is becoming less vigilant in defending people's rights to an executive that is callous about the people it serves and the courts unable to dispense speedy justice. Parliament, the report says, is wasting more time on disruptions than ever before. In the first three current Lok Sabha sessions, the House lost 26 percent time to pandemonium, up from 22.4 percent in the 13th Lok Sabha, 10.66 percent in the 12th Lok Sabha and just about 5 percent in the 11th Lok Sabha.

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