Vineet Narain has been a man of crusades against corruption and injustice all throughout his career.
He got several Union Cabinet Ministers, Leader of Opposition, Chief Ministers, Governors and senior bureaucrats charge sheeted in the Jain Hawala Case. This happened for the first time in the history of India. A short presentation on this crusade can be seen at the following link.
Despite their reluctance, he forced CBI, the Taxation and FERA depts. to take action against these influential people.
In July 1997, Mr. Narain compelled the Chief Justice of India to reveal what was happening behind the scene to subvert the Hawala case.
Despite sufficient evidences, when the Hawala accused politicians started getting discharged, he exposed this conspiracy in his shockingly revealing book titled, ‘Hawala ke Deshdrohi’ & ‘Dangerous Silence’.
Once again in Feb 2000 during the ‘Big Fight’ show on Star TV when Mr. Narain forced the CVC, Mr. N.Vittal to re-open the Hawala investigations, entire political class created nation wide hue and cry against this move. If there are no evidences in Hawala case then why are they so scared of investigations?
– Narain’s crusade for the freedom for electronic media (1990)
After the so-called historic judgment in the Hawala case, Narain felt the need of a people’s body to actively watch the functioning of constitutional machinery, promote clean and efficient administration and fight corruption at all levels. He invited well-known crusaders, of different ideological background from all over the country to think about this possibility. In his letter of invitation he wrote, No matter what the politicians claim, a loose confederation of several political parties cannot allow government to take a firm stand on any issue. Personal ambitions, regional compulsions, the fear of insecure political future and on top of that the never ending lust for more and more money will always dominate the politicians, participating in the so-called governance of the nation. We have seen three general elections since 1996. Governments may come and go but nothing substantial will happen to improve the infrastructure or to ensure services to the people.
When all the pillars of democracy have been weakened considerably, there is nothing for the concerned citizens to fallback upon.
People’s Vigilance Commission came into existence on 10.1.99 after 22 very eminent activists, journalists, intellectuals, politicians, bureaucrats and media persons conferred at the PHD Chamber House, New Delhi. Each one of the participants has a track record of combating corruption and misgovernance in his own way. Well-known police official, Mr. J F Ribeiro was unanimously nominated the Chairman of this commission and Mr. Vineet Narain was nominated as its Honorary Secretary. The Commission is in the process of establishing state level Vigilance Commissions and People’s Vigilance committees in every town. The entire effort will be apolitical, non-violent and voluntary.