Written By: Smriti Gupta
Corruption is all around us, omnipresent, almost like a distorted, antithetical version of God for the New Millennium.
In India, corruption is something we all learn to live with. Most people are nauseated by the epidemic proportions corruption has acquired in the country. It is literally under every stone you turn. It is also in every alley you turn into, every nook and cranny you might care to peep into. It happens as much in broad daylight as it does behind closed doors.
It is as much a part of a common man’s life as it is of those with power. Aung San Su Kyi rightly quoted “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” The question arises as to who is responsible for it. The common man who is always as the receiving end of it blames the system, be it the society or the government or those holding the authorised powerful positions. To a large extent it is true because the seeds of corruption are nurtured inside the sheds of the powerful. But it has to be remembered that the same common man is a part of that infected system and has somewhere down the line also contributed to it . Hence the fact is that both, the oppressors and the oppressed have been feeding this monstrous corruption.
There is barely any place left where the virus of corruption has not reached. The hard reality of today is that we have been attacked by this virus either willingly or unwillingly, knowingly or unknowingly, openly or secretly. Fraud, white-collar crimes, bribery, extortion, insider trading, identity thefts, money laundering, abuse of power, nepotism, illegal contributions; name it and it exists somewhere not very far from you!
The media and internet have been exceptional in showcasing all about the latest scams, Satyam, CWG, Coalgate to name a few. The common thing that caught the most attention was the ‘number of zeros’ in the ‘hera-pheri’ of money. At a lower level corruption involves some hundreds or thousands and at the higher level it is hundreds and thousands of crores.
Revolutionize- Soak within the budding generation a dominant anti-corruption culture
Anna Hazare’s ‘India Against Corruption’ Movement caught enormous support of the locals but seems like the goal is still too far. Or in other words, corruption which was merely a small pond has now turned into an ocean.
What should be done? How should it be done? Who should do it? Demand more transparency, be a whistleblower, form integrity circles. These would only help retard corruption’s growth. Non violent campaigns are not enough. It’s time to work towards swiping this devil from its roots. It’s the time for a revolution. Education is the key that will unlock all the doors and has the power to end corruption.
The hands of the current generations have already been contaminated but we could stop the same thing happening to the upcoming generations. By education we mean the basics. Right from childhood, kids must be brought up by imparting them with high moral values by the parents, teachers and everyone around them. They should not be exposed to even the smallest form of corruption, like bribing a person to avoid standing in a queue or showing favouritism among the students in the classroom.
If the entire next-gen is brought up in the said way, corruption will become a past. Probably, this might sound like a fantasy or task-impossible but it is the best solutions and the only medicine that will give immunity to our future generations against corruption. It is already high time, instead of playing the blame-game, we should all start to play our part as a better and more responsible parent, sister, brother, employee, neighbour, friend, citizen and a human. Procrastination is also a subtle act of corruption – it corrupts valuable time. Hence let’s hold the weapon of education right away and kill the Ravan of corruption within and around us before the Ravan kills us and dominates the world.