Cleaning Up the Indian Parliament


Anupam Mishra secretary of the Gandhi Peace Foundation of New Delhi in India has written the following email to me about the “Clean Up Parliament” initiative.

Dear Shri Beppe Grillo,

We came across your brilliant advert in International Herald Tribune, published in Paris on 22nd November when travelling to that area. On behalf of our organization GANDHI PEACE FOUNDATION we Congratulate you on such a courageous advert and the important piece in the services of civil society.

We find this tendency everywhere. There was a period when criminals were financing the politicians but then came the age where criminals themselves started entering into the politics and parliament.
They go inside by getting themselves elected and then they represent us . But then we don't have any system to throw them out from the temples of democracy.

Last fortnight our country faced a unique challenge in this regard.
Some 11 MPs were caught in hidden camera in the news channel taking bribe for asking questions in the Parliament.
These MPs represent almost all the big parties in the Parliament. So, all the parties became concerned about this and they took a very harsh decision to expel them from the Parliament. This is for the first time in the history that we could get rid of some corrupt politicians in this quick justice.

Of course, there are many more criminals and corrupt politicians sitting inside but we hope that initiatives like yours will some day may change things.

We have circulated your inspiring advert to some news channels and Hindi newspapers which comes out from 8 States and has 20 different editions. Your advert and news item based on that was carried out in all these editions. Apart from this, we are trying to send this to a TV News Channel. Any further development in this regard will be conveyed to you.

Once again thanking you very much for this small but greater step in the direction of upholding the democratic values.

Anupam Mishra
Gandhi Peace Foundation

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Dear Sir,

Just read the article by Anupamji who also happens to be my Guru or mentor.It's true that expelling Members of Parliament who were caught red handed was a very prompt step to punish the guilty.But on the last 22nd July,three parliamentarians displayed bundles of currency notes on the floor of house which they claimed were offered to vote for confidence motion.This shows that rules of game are still the same and only the players have upgraded their skills.

Posted by: Sumit singh | September 9, 2008 12:04 PM

2 Diego Canciani + others

globalisation couldn't be that bad if its action was slower then economic and social reaction time constants (does any eco-theory talk about time constants???) > but in this case no profittable investment speculation could be achieved.

It should CONSTANTLY but SLOWLY foster economy/ecology/democracy at same time. Musmlims today live in european middleage. We cannot boost their development so fast. We should help them to move slowly over 3 generations. The mistake of king of persia (Iran) was to have SUDDENLY imposed a huge changing of tradition for the country > result: islamic revolution. Time is need to modify people idea.

To summarise, personally I put the accent over the speed over such processes. The earth can be exploited provided the time for the planet to recover. The problem of nowadays is that everybody want to be the first in order to get the total cake and get the egemony. This induces a crazy run of huge ammount of resources willing to speculate.

The problem is therefore not the globalisation but the uncontrolled financial speculation behind it.

How can we cope with this?
No possible.

Perhaps the nature will teach us all something important in the next future. Something we forgot and we will soon recall.

To me

Posted by: grax grax | January 26, 2006 03:17 PM

Ehi, I didn't notice the english version 'till now.
That's absolutely a great idea.
Let's come together honest, upright people in the world. The more we are, the better!

(mr) Andrea Boretti

Posted by: Andrea Boretti | January 23, 2006 09:53 PM

That's true! Every where in the world is different, and every one thinks different! We must learn more tolerance and respect to the different ways of life. We must give up our arrogance and must stop to think our model of society is the best in the world!
About the "third way":I'm sure that capitalism without social rights and protection of the environment brings us to self destruction . I'm not able to find e third way, but I'm sure, THIS way is wrong.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | January 23, 2006 05:58 PM

I agree with you Raffaella!
The blogs (internet---> Globalisation) are a way to democratise the world. It's good but more people should have a CPU. And we should need to increase steadly the level of (the world) education.
But to educate what? Power relations (as Foucault argues), nationalism (the ideology that coused the majority of death in the C.20th and that E.Gellner argue it forms "sobstitutable atomosed individuals") or what?
How many will have to pay for it yet?
We need Capitalism as a fundamental form of production, but should we manipulate it(social democracy) or freed it(neo-liberal)? Can we find a "Third Way", the antisesy of Hegel? Is that possible? Every where in the world is different. Different culture, different history, different politics and different times! Result: who is right who is wrong?
No one every one! Every one has her/his ideas and truths, the most important think is to communicate without repress.
That's my truth.

Posted by: Diego Canciani | January 23, 2006 03:03 PM

This is absolutely brilliant news and the answer to all those who - a couple of weeks ago - were wondering why Grillo bothered to publish his blog in English! If they can do it in India we can do it in Italy too!

Posted by: Maureen Lister | January 23, 2006 11:23 AM

Globalisation as concept has, like everything in the world, good sides and bad sides. The good side is the opportunity to develop and to change together, and to learn from other people's experience. That is an example of the good one!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | January 23, 2006 02:17 AM

This (Italian-Indian connection) strikes me as an example of "virtuous globalization," to quote Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food movement.

Posted by: George De Stefano | January 23, 2006 12:17 AM

This seams great!!
Can you image if from the other part of the world some one support the democratic believes of Italian people?
"Thanks globalisation", at least one time!!

Posted by: Diego Canciani | January 22, 2006 11:40 PM

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