Thursday, April 14, 2011

Anna Hazare.. Lokpal Bill..Corruption! The Root Cause Is Way Deeper

It only takes determination followed by action to start a movement. Anna Hazare as we all know is a perfect embodiment of this. While a lot of us supported the movement and have been plagued by the menace of corruption but the root cause and problem is much deeper. While we all suffer from corruption, at a more basic level, we are the ones who in our small way, have also fed the menace.

Giving Rs 5000 to get passport renewal in a week without standing in queues, using contacts to get a driving license, paying donation for school admissions; whilst such means made tasks quicker and hassle free, it has acted as fodder for corruption. While people in power made more money and we made our life simple, the foundation of corruption grew stronger.

We might play the blame game and say politicians are corrupt, but when we look inwards this vice lies in all of us. We have been a lucrative audience that has let this disease proliferate.

We tend to garb it with fashionable terms like ‘incentivizing’, when we are actually bribing. ‘Leveraging relationships’, when we are actually cutting queues. You might say am on a moral brigade here, but the truth is that corruption is a way of life.

While passing a bill is a step in the right direction but the success of the movement lies in our hands. We can gather at India gate and pledge support but if you truly believe that corruption should stop then the clean up starts with you!!

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