Monday, January 3, 2011

Corruption kills one more.

Yet another RTI activist has been killed, when none has been punished/booked for the earlier deaths.

The latest victim is Shashidhar Mishra who was just another hardworking Indian who made his living by selling sweets and biscuits on the roadside. But he also tried to fight against corruption is his own way.

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Caravan Magazine

The RTI act was passed in 2005.

On 12 October 2005, the law was passed in parliament to great fanfare. Manmohan Singh claimed that the RTI Act would herald the beginning of a new era and “eliminate the scourge of corruption.”

It seems this act, instead of eliminating corruption is eliminating the activists themselves!

But do we really need such an act to get information in a democratic country?

Is there a need for secrecy in anything?

Is it not the right of the tax payer to know what is happening with his money right from the start of a project?

When India is being hailed as the super power in IT, why cannot information related to government projects be out on the web?

But then even getting this RTI act implemented was not easy, so let us continue to hope that those brave men have not died in vain.


  1. HK, RTI is an eyewash . media says one killed ?- That was to threaten the others. Millions die a thousand death many times.After reading this their hope will die some more. That is the real death of India and of the many other countries that torments and tortures his common man every day.

  2. This will keep happening till the corrupt dont get convicted.

  3. Anrosh: In a democratic set up, there shouldnt be an RTI act at all. It is the basic right of every citizen to know what his/her govt is doing with the money. I think they should abolish this act and make it mandatory that every project is opened up to the scrutiny of the public. We dont want more to be killed.
    BKC: Punishment is needed for the criminals but those with power and money are being let off easily. Where is justice?


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