Do they really want to protect the Wistleblowers?

Friday, August 20, 2010


"Any person who makes any disclosure which was false to his knowledge or reckless or malicious, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three years and also to fine which may extend up to fifty thousand rupees."
This is a very interesting provision in the proposed Whistle Blower legislation which the government is trying to introduce.

What exactly do they mean when they say "false to his knowledge or reckless or malicious?"

Who is going to decide if a particular voice raised by a Whistle blower was malicious in nature? How exactly will it be made sure that this decision is transparent and unbiased?

Imagine a lone person standing against a corporation or the government. What are the odds that he will be able to prove himself in a system which abets and thrives on corruption? Given the way investigations and enforcement happens in this country, the way files go missing when an RTI is filed, there is little hope that any claim will ever be proved.
So what will be the result? You stand up against the system, the system will go all out to prove your comments false and "malicious" and at the end, you will end up in jail for three years; and Rs 50000 poorer. There goes the Whistle blowing down the drain.
There is no limit to how shameless can the people in power get to suppress the voice against corruption in this country. It seems that merely killing the RTI activists and other whistleblowers was not enough, now they want to break the will of the conscious too. This single provision will be enough to discourage anyone who wants to blow the whistle, and he will remain safe as long as long as he refrains from raising his voice.
This reminds me of a few lines by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, he becomes so relevant as far as the rot in the Indian system is concerned:
जहाँ पालते हों अनीति-पद्धति
को सत्ताधारी,
जहाँ सुत्रधर हों समाज के
अन्यायी, अविचारी;

नीतियुक्त प्रस्ताव सन्धि के
जहाँ न आदर पायें;
जहाँ सत्य कहनेवालों के
सीस उतारे जायें;

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake....


2 comments:

Vinayak said...

very nice post
salute to your writing skills

bhupendra said...

nice read, sadly, unfortunately India as a country is doing really very bad , politicians making mockery of every system , no single politician has desire to fix problems , common man can not do anything, the whole system needs to be changed...