Agra (India): Even as the whole country seems gripped by the Anna Hazare crusade against corruption, one man who started it all in 1996, senior journalist Vineet Narain is all but forgotten and the case itself has been refrigerated for good.
Vineet is still struggling with his unfinished agenda to seek justice in the Hawala racket. The CBI charge sheet is still there, but for want of political will, the case has virtually been closed, though quite a few politicians named in the Jain diaries were then forced to resign, as a result of public uproar.
In his latest book ‘Bhrastachar, Atankvad aur Hawala Karobar’, Rs.200, published by Kalchakra Samachar Trust, Vineet Narain sequences the developments before and after the biggest scam was exposed. The list of beneficiaries from the same sources from which the terrorists were being funded, includes virtually all politicians from across the spectrum. "The idea to publish this book was to ensure that the real faces of the politicians and the murky deeds they engage in are thoroughly exposed to cleanse the body-politics," Vineet Narain told Agratoday.in.
Vineet used the provisions of the existing legal framework to take corrupt politicians to task during his single-handed war against corruption from 1993 to 2000. The legal battle targeted dozens of central ministers, chief ministers of states, governors, opposition leaders, top honchos of big enterprises, ensure they were charge-sheeted and forced to resign.
His book, Vineet says would help modern-day crusaders against corruption understand the dimensions of the problems and the clout the mighty and the powerful enjoyed to scuttle any move to make society corruption-free.
In 1993 Vineet Narain exposed the links of 115 top people with terrorist outfits and channels that regularly funded anti-national activities of various groups. "The interesting fact was not the amount of Rs.65 crores involved, but the names of all top leaders," he says in the book. In his first book ‘Hawala ke Deshdrohi’ published in 1999, Vineet first gave full details of the case and the intricate judicial process that stalled follow up at every stage.
This book, Vineet Narain says is dedicated to all crusaders fighting against corruption and to free the country of the cancer of corruption. "The details given in a chronological order, describing all the complexities and hurdles, will be an eye opener and perhaps a guide to activists," he hopes.
In his long struggle when it appeared to him that the legal battle was not leading to any fruitful conclusion and when the judiciary itself was seen aligning with the accused, in utter desperation Vineet Narain turned deeply spiritual and shifted his base to Vrindavan and the Braj Mandal, in the service of Sri Krishna and Radha. Through his Braj Foundation Vineet has been able to restore and reconstruct some of the holy ponds and relics of the Sri Krishna lore.