Q & A with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP, Rajyasabha (Upper House of Parliament) @ Rediff.com

shekharonline1 asked, whats ur say on Wikileaks?

Rajeev Chandrasekhar answers, i think wikileaks and other whistleblowers do play an important role.. of revealing to the people details about government activities… for example in india we have RTI that has put a lot of pressure on government to become more transparent. in 2001 when we fought the government in courts, whenever we sought documents, government could refuse citing privilege and official secrets act.. The RTI has changed that.. similarly wikileaks has changed government conduct permanently i think!

shekharonline asked, whats a next option from a voter’s point of view… ? how the civilians should see this ( & latar ) forget this? whats ur say on the “chalta hain” attitude? (this was the second question to the one i wrote before about the 2G scams and the way ahead – for intro of 3G and 4G services and if opening the investigation on accused would change the course of introduction of new technologies – was unaswered)

Rajeev Chandrasekhar answers, the chalta hain attitude is what is encouraging this to continue ..and it seems that we have scams everywhere. we must understand that the reason we dont have suffiient hospitals, schools and even today almost 500 million indians live in abject poverty is not because we are a poor country..its because so much of the government money and resources get either looted or frittered away wastefully…

Note : Rediff.com has programmed this using ASP (the links extension!) so was unable to save the full html page.

The other issue with this chat was anybody (unknown to Rediff & their admin) would login with a screen name without a password, so if the site crashed your IE then you won’t get the same chat ID again.. !

Update : other questions :

You asked, dear sir, if this is about 2G, what if we go for 3G and 4G (oncmoing technology service, currently in US) ? are there any new updates in policies set for a check on wrongdoings?
You asked, is Resigning the only way to take oneself away from a scam? How responsible are our MP’s / MLA’s? Something happens, they say I resign, what next? The newspapers cover it on the 1st page for a few days till the matter loses its importance and not a big deal later on.
You asked, how do we manage all the available telecom spectrun for a huge population like this and considering everybody to have multiple SIM connections?
You asked, Today, India has 66 resident billionaires whose combined wealth of roughly $244 billion is equivalent to more than a fifth of the country’s $1.1 trillion gross domestic product. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/world/asia/14india.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&hp) whats your say? 
You asked, ok, then how the same MP’s get elected again and again, would you try for Lok sabha in the next term?

You asked, whats ur say abt foriegn firms investments in telecom? are they also being “looted”?


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