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The Anti-Corruption Movement, Ripped Apart


Telling your children not to be corrupt, while filing false Income Tax Returns yourself, is corruption. That you are doing it for someone else’s benefit does not make it right. Even the politicians do that. You see, the politicians are mere mirrors (magnified maybe, but mirrors all the same) of the society. They are corrupt, because being corrupt is acceptable in their society. In fact, it is a way of life.

They fight; they say they are right.

When someone raises a question, they support them with their might.

They are up in arms against corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, judges. No one in power should be corrupt. We all should have clean, white slates.

Yes, we’re talking about the Indian Public. The common man. Surely whatever the common man stands up for is right? I must warn you now that you may not enjoy reading this. Because this is the bitter truth. I may not be politically correct, but I am dead straight. Mr. Anna Hazare and company should stop trying to uproot corruption from the Government, Bureaucracy, etc. etc.

Will. Not. Work. You read it right. Things don’t work that way.

Anna: “I want corruption to stop! I command corruption to stop! By the Force that is in me, STOP!

Dead silence.

Wow, corruption has disappeared from the face of this earth.”

Captain Anna saves the day again. 

Say whaaat?

Can you picture that on a newspaper headline? Sounds ridiculous, right? ‘Cause that’s what it is. Period. Anna Hazare cannot eradicate corruption from India. Heck, no force in this world can. It is easier to eradicate polio. (My friends Bill, and Melinda, how’s that going for you?)

Why, you ask? Because it is in our blood. We breed corruption. Indian to Indian, child to child, adult to adult. How? Every single day! Every single way! What is corruption? Corruption is hoping/trying/praying for a short-cut to the difficult ways of our lives.

How do you, as an individual, contribute to corruption?

You sign that sick-note for your kid so that he doesn’t get a telling off from his teacher. That is corruption.You pay the traffic policeman so that he doesn’t book you for not wearing a seat belt/helmet/talking on the phone. That is corruption. Then you walk away from the incident saying, “These policemen are so crooked that they can be easily bought. They are so corrupt.” It is not they, but you, my friends, who are corrupt.

When you buy tickets for a World Cup cricket match through a friend of a friend, you are corrupt. When you try to pay the director of an institute for the admission of a relative, or use your influence, you are indulging in corruption. When you travel ticket-less on the train, and when you lie to the shop keeper, “Khulle nahi hai”, you are being corrupt. When you give that beggar kid a rupee out of pity, and self-magnanimity, it is corruption. You are corrupting the kid’s soul, telling him that it is easier to beg than to get an education. Telling your mom that the rickshaw cost Rs 16 instead of Rs 11, to buy that one cigarette, is corruption.

Even our kids are corrupt. Lying to teachers, the concept of a “kachcha limbu”, are small manifestations of corruption. Buying cheap “China” electronics off the newspaper adverts, bargaining for a “fair” price, using pirated songs and movies downloaded off the internet, are all corruption that we indulge in.

Yes, all of the above.

I could go on and on. And you say that you are fighting corruption? Nodding your head in agreement, while half-thinking about your dinner and half-listening to some activist say something about anti-corruption is not fighting corruption. Logging on to Facebook and hitting “Like” on the Jan Lokpal Bill Page is not fighting corruption. Marching or fasting for civil rights is not fighting corruption. When you do that, you are just forcing things to happen your way. Again, yes, I’m sure you understand by now.

Telling your children not to be corrupt, while filing false Income Tax Returns yourself, is corruption. That you are doing it for someone else’s benefit does not make it right. Even the politicians do that. You see, the politicians are mere mirrors (magnified maybe, but mirrors all the same) of the society. They are corrupt, because being corrupt is acceptable in their society. In fact, it is a way of life.

Do not raise hell and cause a ruckus because you have just realized that your politician is corrupt. You have known it all along. You’re just doing it now because you have something to gain. Again, you are indulging in corruption. You should have done this a long time back.

How do you fight corruption then? Corruption will always remain. We just have to make it less rampant, such that it does not affect progress (whose?) negatively.

Accept it. Our lives will be difficult without corruption. If we were to follow rules all the time, wouldn’t it just be the perfect world? But what fun is it to live in a perfect world? So, corruption will remain. Because everyone wants the easy way out. Because no one wants all the rules to be followed, How boring and tough would that be? We will not, and cannot, destroy temptation itself. If we could, all the vices would have been destroyed by the righteous.

There. Is. Corruption.

Now what? If corruption exists, the occurrence of a corrupt event will benefit one side, and create a problem for another. So, someone is going to suffer. Let’s strive to make that suffering small. That is the best that I can think of. To make this country corruption free is an idealistic thought. The Anti-Corruption Movement is a farce. A hope that one day we Indians will give up our blood right, corruption.

Just as some hope that one day this world will attain salvation from its sins.

It is a way for certain other people to get undue advertisement. I don’t see corruption being eradicated from our society. I may be a pessimist, a cynic, but I call a spade a spade. Our country runs on capitalism. Capitalism may bring a lot of positives to the table, but it also begets corruption. I beg your pardon, but we are destined to a corrupt life. To not be corrupt in 2011 India, is to be not only a saint, but a failure, and will mostly culminate in suicide. If you are alive, rest assured, you have committed some corrupt act in your life.

So stop acting. And start acting.


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Rishi

Student. Explorer. Writer. Guitarist. Head-Banger. Psycho. Yet, imperfect.

7 Comments

  • No offense to anyone but I guess the writer can not differentiate between lying and corruption.School kid and Rickshaw example were about lying I guess.

    These things happen in every country but their politicians are not as corrupt as ours.

    You can see the examples of USA .

    • All that is corruption my dear friend. Lying is corruption. You get up from there. You accept bigger forms of corruption, and ultimately, as the writer says, politicians are “are mere mirrors (magnified maybe, but mirrors all the same) of the society’.
      When u talk of foreign nations, these practices of lying etc are cultivated in a harmless manner, with us, it becomes a way, and we get more n more spoilt as we groe up!!

  • Good as a satire but not relevant to either corrupt or to not so corrupt or pure/holy saints etc.

    Attitude ‘ We are like that’ and ‘No good can be done in this country’ will not take us anywhere.

    There are reasons why Indians in Singapore/Europe/USA or even Middle East are far less corrupt in his/her day to day life and why a European/ American or Japanese living/ working/travelling to India becomes far more corrupt in his/her day to day life.

    Corruption is not unique to India or Indians or to any other race, country, civilization in past 5000 years of recorded history.

    But the extent of corruption, the volume, the short and long term damage it is is causing to the society simply grown exponentially, especially in past decade.

    Things wont change over night and no matter how much cynic and indifferent we are and we chose to remain in years to come and do nothing about anything, things will change for good, because slowly and steadily the number of people doing things, taking positive steps, changing their house, school and surroundings are increasing.

    So Watch out and Beware !!

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