Recent controversary surrounding one of the celebrity member of India Against Corruption forced me to rethink about what exactly is corruption.
Simply speaking, as defined in wikipedia, In philosophical, theological, or moral discussions, corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. In economy, corruption is payment for services or material which the recipient is not due, under law. This may be called bribery, kickback, or, in the Middle East, baksheesh .
It also lists abuse of the system as an activity which can be termed as a corrupt practice. If someone can collects money by inflating his expenses as a means for fund raising for his NGO, what is the harm if a Government Officer indulge himself in a corrupt pracitce for raising fund for her daugher marriage or her education. The cause is noble. In such a situation, do we justify the act of the Officers? Certainly not.
We can not justify the action of inflating bills and putting forward the argument that it is not meant for personal benefits and has been used for promoting social welfare. No, this is not acceptable. It is a CORRUPT Practice and that too by the chief of Police of India’s Capial. On top of this, it hurts when it is defended. When such highly so called literate people indulge in this kind of act, how you can act against pitty Government Officials.
It was a great relief to read news items that the so called Celebrity has decided to refund such excess. It is a welcome move. However, this act does not seems to be voluntary which is a cause for concern. Such people has no right to talk about corruption and holding the country.
Again speaking about corruption, one fails to understand why a job related issues is being fight in the media. If you have issues with your ex-employer you have sufficient forum to fight your case. One can not say that they do not have money and since they are involved with public good, no one should make genuine demand against them. This is hypocracy. They should fight the battle against the employer in a proper and legal forum., Why fight this in media and spead all kind of issues with the poor.
Yet again is the curious case of a Rath Yatra being taken against corruption by a leading opposition political leader. His own party chief ministers has been put inside the Jail for corrupt activities. To distinguish his act as a minor as compared to the ruling party corruption is still amusing. An activity of corruption is a corrupt activity per se. Are we to judge whether they are minor or major? What are the yardstick for such judgement.
It seems all the players, are just enjoying their work and no one is serious about fighting against corruption. The social activists who initially gave great hope is now to be taken with a pinch of salt. It is absolutely necessary that in such cases, people above any question mark should be involved.
Again it is surprising to note that such a large movement does not have even a bank account! This has not been denied by any of the people involved with the agitation. Did they not expected that such a movement will have financial transaction?
Someday we will get rid of corruption. However, it is unlikely that the current agitations will acheieve anything substantial.