Shri Narendra Modiji
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
Hon’ble Prime Minister Sir,
Post 1947, money laundering and overseas protection to black money have been critical and crucial issues of common concern. On one hand the common man is facing corruption and inflation and on the other hand; corrupt high rank people are protecting their black money through offshore banking. The erstwhile UPA led government was under tremendous pressure from common people and the people’s movements on these issues, however; it completely failed to deliver. As a result, public opinion went against the UPA led government resulting into transformation of power thus bringing NDA into the power.
On this background, during the election campaign, you have yourself assured the nation that your government, if voted in power, will bring back the black money abroad within one hundred (100) days. After having bestowed power to NDA, people were hoping to see the overseas black money being brought back to India. After swearing-in ceremony, the government has also announced constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and this step has been widely welcomed by the common people.
It was yesterday that common people were shocked to see the affidavit submitted by government to the Supreme Court of India whereby the government expressed its inability to disclose the names of those having black money overseas either through offshore banking or through other means. The technical difficulties mentioned in the said affidavit were very much existing when you promised to bring the black money back in 100 days in election campaign. This has created a doubt among common people whether declaration on bringing back the black money was merely an election promise to add votes or what? During nationwide campaign, yourself has time and again promised people that the black money will be brought back at any cost and that eradication of corruption will be a priority for new government.
Now the NDA led government being in power for more than past five months, the issues like black money or appointment of Lokpal are not yet seeing light of the day.
Sir, the fellow countrymen have been immensely impressed by your speeches during your recent visits to Japan and USA. I am too thoroughly impressed. However, with a heavy heart now I am to say that there is a huge gap between what you say and what your government is delivering. Not the speeches but actions bring transformation.
On behalf of our fellow countrymen, I request you to have a strict and clear strategy on this important issue. In public matters, not the technicality but morality matters more. The names of those who possess offshore black money, must get disclosed, no matter how and what technical difficulties the government faces. Every difficulty is a test of honesty and I am sure the countrymen will stand behind the government to win in these testing times.
Sir, you have a diverse experience of power and governance. I humbly submit that I am a Fakir having nothing with me except dedicated love and affection for our country. Since the time I was 25 years old, I have been determined that I will live and die for my country only. I can never tolerate the corruption. Therefore, I have my own stern views on black money and corruption, and hence this letter.
I would also like to gently remind you of my letter dated 28th August through which I have expressed my concerns towards appointment of Lokpal and other issues related to prevention of corruption. I have received no response on the said letter. Enclosed please find a copy of the same for your ready reference. Hope you will provide a due attention to all the issues raised therein and take necessary decisions in this regard.
Since last 35 years I have taken up many agitations; not against any person or any party but in the larger interests of our people and our country. Bringing black money back is an important issue and if required I will not go back from agitating for the issue. I am sure that your government will take a stern action and a firm stand on this important public issue, irrespective of all difficulties.
Thanking you and extending my best wishes to you on the occasion of Diwali,
K B alias Anna Hazare
(Ralegansiddhi, 18th Oct 2014)