Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee must be eulogized for accepting that the limitations in execution of anti-graft laws and lack of co-operation among the government agencies are hampering the fight against corruption. His statement about the use of black money in elections and failure of the government machinery to deliver public services, are acceptance of the fact that these factors are contributing in abetting corruption. Though he assured the country of government being determined to weed out corruption, it is difficult to believe such promises till the time there is unison between government’s words and deeds.  Having accepted the lack of teeth in the anti-corruption laws and co-operation between the government agencies, it is now apparent why the government has failed to curb corruption. The failure of the government has forced the people to believe that government is merely engaged in lip service over the issue. It is proven that though the government has been claiming zero-tolerance against corruption over the last one year, it has failed to take any concrete measure to fight corruption. Even if action was taken in some cases, they were delayed and half-hearted. Such half-baked measures carried the message that the government acts only when it is left out with no other option.

It is possible that the government - facing pressure from media, Opposition and people - would be successful in bridging the limitations in the anti-corruption laws and ensure better co-ordination between the agencies, but it is unlikely that it would succeed in fixing the factors which thwart all the measures to curb corruption. The conduct of the political class and their style of functioning top the list of all such factors. Now, it is vividly clear that an average politician serves his own interest in the name of public service. The problem is nothing is being done to erase such mindset. But there is another big problem. While measures are being taken to bring reforms in other sectors, the mother of corruption – politics - remains untouched from reforms. Similar is the case with electoral reforms. In this context, it is amply clear that just by accepting that anti-corruption laws lack in teeth is not going to serve any purpose.  One cannot derive satisfaction from assertions that the government is preparing to take some measures towards electoral reforms. Such measures are not enough when it is time to reform the entire electoral system. It is difficult to comprehend as to why the political class fails to understand that any change in others sectors are useless without adequate political reforms.