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If I had to pick the greatest sickness in our country today, I wd unhesitatingly say “corruption.” Its so all-pervading, so fundamental, so much a part of everyday life that no one seems to want to address it anymore.
And it escalates up the ladder; I recently learned the ‘rate list’ starting from a simple police constable on the street, through to the mla’s and ministers. Why wd they give a damn about the common man with so much money at stake? They wd much rather ensure that they stash away enough wealth to support ten generations of their families!
In the scale of wealth that changes hands in the upper echelons, you and I don’t matter, my friends. It is unrealistic to expect a change to come from within such a system. And its funny how everyone gets turned on by Munnabhai’s Gandhigiri and fumes at the Mumbai terror attacks, but goes back to paying bribes the very next day!
In other countries, politicians are public servants, who get up each morning and go to work to formulate and implement policies that make people’s lives easier, and take their country forward. We are still struggling with basic issues of education and age-old value systems that have resisted upgradation for centuries. I long for the day when a large percentage of our population can happily scoff at any idiot who needs to ask for a bribe to simply do a job that he is anyways being paid to do….