A very interesting post in today’s Mumbai Mirror by Bhavin Jankharia. People who live in glass houses…, He writes a column every Saturday and I read it fairly regularly and agree with him many times.
Today’s article was very thought provoking. It did refer to the recent hunger strike by Anna Hazare and the popular support the agitation received.
He questions whether all the armchair philosophers who supported Anna through all the tweets and SMSes and missed calls were themselves free of all the corruption. I am raising those questions for ourselves. Please honestly answer them to yourself.
- Have you ever paid a bribe to the traffic cop so you don’t have to return to the chowki next day to pay fine and collect your license?
- Have you ever paid a kickback to a government servant to get you job done quickly? May be some money in the registrar’s office to get the registration of an agreement quickly? or to get a Telephone / water connection out of turn?
- Have you ever bought a pirated movie or a book because you are sure that even if it’s an offence, chances of getting caught are almost zero.
- Have you ever cheated in a school college assignment or may be even in an exam?
All of these ARE examples of corruption. I am sure you can come up with many examples of such corrupt behaviour. Please share if you do.
If most people in the society think that these things are completely acceptable, then how can the people who rise from this same society be any different. This reminds me of an aphorism that I came across in the past during the Est training. It said, You don’t get to vote on the way it is. You already did.
Does it matter if the amount involved is Rs. 100 or Rs 100 thousand. These are still corrupt ways. We have to be the change that we want in this world. If we really want to see the world without corruption, we have to shun our own corrupt ways.
Do you think we can at an individual level lead a corruption free life?