Corruption in India: what we can do?
|December 9, 2011||Posted by Britul under Perspective|
There’s nothing new in saying that corruption is the worst and seemingly incurable disease, our society is suffering from. When we are busy with our daily hectic schedule, we don’t feel the heat. But without our knowledge, it is affecting us in every step of our life.
Few days back I went through a news headline stating that some farmer had committed suicide because he was deprived of some agriculture loan which he was promised earlier. A part of the loan amount was to come under some scheme from NABARD and the rest from the local branch of
the bank where he applied for the loan. As stated in the suicide note of the victim, the manager of the bank and his assistant got engaged with some corrupt activity with the hefty amount that was to come from NABARD and started delaying the approval of the loan. On the other hand the farmer deposited some amount as a security deposit which he accumulated by selling some plot of land and borrowing from relatives. It was understood that verbal denial from the loan after doing so much had led to such extreme action by the victim. So this is what is happening in our society. Corruption is not just making our life harder to live; it is taking our life.
Very recently in another headline of a national daily, the great Gandhian, Anna Hazare had stated that present agriculture minister Sharad pawar imported rotten wheat and since it was not edible was buried under large pits committing crores of public money to go in vain. Mr. Anna Hazare had stated that, Padmasinh Patil, a relative of Sharad Pawar, who was a minister in Sharad Pawar's cabinet, indulged in corruption while he was minister. Mr. Hazare started a move for which enquiry had to be ordered. The minister was found guilty and he had to be removed from the cabinet. To take revenge, this minister gave “supari(contract to commit crime on someone else’s behalf)” of 30 Lakh to someone to kill Anna Hazare. So now the day has come when anyone who raises his or her voice against corruption will be threatened of death.
These kinds of news headlines always make me feel pain in the heart. Everything has a limit. How much we can suffer silently. I don’t see anything wrong in Harvinder Singh’s act of slapping Sharad pawar which may act as a partial culmination of his blood boiling anger towards the corrupt minister.
But everyone may not be as brave as Mr. Singh or may not get the opportunity!!
So, to culminate the anger towards the corrupt politicians other peoples are posting updates in social media depicting politicians as whatever they want.
It seems, the government is preparing to take some strict action regarding updates posted on social networking sites portraying Indian politicians in disrespectful manner. But in my view this should be considered as a breach to the fundamental right – right to talk. Everyone has the right to express his or her own view. It’s time for politicians to introspect why common peoples are posting such disrespectful updates over the social media. Politicians are trying to suppress the social media by naming those contents as “controversial” and “threat to social sentiment”. Whose sentiment are they talking about? Obviously, none other than their own. Instead of doing all these why they just don’t introspect on “what has led the social media users’ to post such updates?” But they never will. Had Indian politicians be blessed with such introspective mind, India might have already become a developed nation.
While writing this post, one dialogue from the movie “Rang de Basanti” was hitting in my mind. The dialogue was delivered by my favorite actor Amir Khan in a mind touching way. It goes like this “koi bhi desh perfect nahin hota. Isse perfect banana parta hai (No country is perfect. It has to be made perfect)”.
The one, responsible for the healthy politics(as we think) and higher rate of development of developed nations against corrupted politics and frustratingly slower rate of development in India is no one other that the citizens of the respective nations.
Remembering another famous dialogue from the same movie and by the same actor: (may not be exact)“jo ho raha hai hone do. Sahte jao. Ya phir zimmedari uthao use badalne ki(Let everything happen as it is happening and keep on suffering. Else, take the responsibility to change it)”. This is very true. We always keep on discussing about these issues(corruption etc.) or write about it on newspapers or post disrespectful updates in social media!!! Or at the most arrange candle light march and peaceful protest in public places or signature campaign. Of course we do all these because we love our country and want it to be corruption free. But after we complete doing all these we get back to our normal life and get engaged with our normal work. Means, we do all these when we are free or at the most we pull out some valuable time(?) from our busy schedule. We want our country to be corruption free, but not at the cost of our comfort and peace(?). We Indians never consider making India a corruption free nation as our aim or a part of our livelihood. We just don’t want to step out of our comfort zone and take some action which “REALLY” counts. If one old man like “Anna Hazare” can shake the roots of the corrupt government by stepping out of his comfort zone, will it not be possible to make India a corruption free nation if millions of youngsters of our country step out of the comfort zone and do something.
In this context I would like to refer to another scene of “Rang de Basanti”. I don’t know why and what has made me to refer to that movie over and over again but I cannot stop referring to it once more. Towards the end of the movie when they(Amir Khan and Siddharth Narayan) were answering the telephonic questions asked by the common people around the country, a question was asked regarding what a common people(Aam Admi) can do to eradicate corruption from the country, it was answered by Amir khan that the youngsters can join politics or can join administrative services and join hands in removing corruption completely from our nation. In today’s India, is any of the IAS officials has become an IAS official with a goal of removing corruption from the system? I can blindly say that the answer to this question is a big “NO”!!!
Sometimes I feel ashamed of thinking about what I myself have done against corruption? I might have capacity of doing lot of things against corruption, but I haven’t done anything significant. While writing this post also, I am just typing lot of things sitting in front of the computer. We can write numerous blog posts, numerous updates in social media against corruption. I don’t say that these are not important. All these are very useful in creating awareness among the masses. But what is more important is to step out of the comfort zone and do something in the real world. If we don’t get sensitized at this time and do something, corruption will go on increasing and as a result, our future generations will suffer in a way even worse than us.
JAI HIND !!!