Institutional governance is the bedrock of Indian policy making and enforcement under our fundamental constitutional tenet of ‘we the people’. Such governance relies on harmonious administrative protocols with amicable adherence amongst all the stake-holders. The 2G issue, as it was investigated, audited, charged and adjudicated by the various statutory and constitutional bodies (CVC, CAG, CBI and the Supreme Court) flouted these precepts of harmony and amicableness. The aberrant process resulted in the violation not only of democratic values but also the rights and reputations of various individuals thus tarnishing our country’s image on the international stage. It was an attempt to allege guilt of ‘corruption’ as defined by Transparency International (TI) i.e. “Manipulation of policies in the allocation of resources.” Yet, A. Raja had established that their findings and observations were diametrically opposite to the decisions of the Cabinet, Parliament, Planning Commission and Telecom Regulator (TRAI).
The purpose of this book is to caution the masses that personal motivations, institutional incompetency, misunderstanding or misguidance should not hurriedly endorsed without diligent inspection. Government bodies are accountable to – and empowered by the people – and in the end “all power is trust.” The author demonstrates here that the ‘2G scam’ is a shameful blemish on the sanctity of the administrative system of our country.
Andimuthu Raja (b. 1963) educated in Madras University and Madurai Kamaraj University, was motivated by Tamil literature which had attracted him to Dravidian ideology promoted and propagated by Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, Founder of the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK), a social reform movement. In 1983, his collection of Tamil poems was published under the title Oru Suya Sarithai. In 1983, he joined the student wing of DMK, a political party emerged from DK. In 1988, he started his legal practice in the lower judiciary in the native district Perambalur and he contested the Lok Sabha election in 1996 and elected as MP from Perambalur Constituency. Again, in 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha and served as Minister of State for Rural Development and later in 2001 as Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare in the NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In 2004, he was re-elected and served as Minister of Environment & Forests and later shifted to Ministry of Communications & IT in UPA-I led by Dr. Manmohan Singh. Again in 2009, he was elected from the Nilgiris constituency and retained the same portfolio in UPA-II also. He resigned from the office in November 2010 over the 2G spectrum controversy. Presently, he is the propaganda secretary of DMK Party.