Zephyr has written a wonderful post-  Could this become THE movement?   on her blog, ‘Cybernag’. She has written about the rally  ‘organized under the aegis of India Against Corruption the ‘people’s movement’ in Delhi.’

She has also given the link to vote against corruption on the website of India Against Corruption. So do cast your vote!

She has also tagged some of her friends- including myself- to write blog posts, giving ideas on how best to bring about a change in the system.

Several friends have already written great posts, and the links are given after Zephyr’s post on her blog. And here is my post –

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How best to bring about a change in the system?

Well, the system is made up of millions of individuals like us. So it would be logical to say that if we can bring about a change in the majority of individuals in our society, it would certainly make an impact on society as a whole.

And I feel  a change in individuals can be best made from within. Legislation and the fear of punishment can have only a limited impact. When we find that the vigilance departments set up by the government to put into place anti-corruption strategies are themselves mired in corruption, we realize that laws and commissions are not going to work.

Until individuals themselves determine that they will not indulge in corruption, any anti-corruption drive will not succeed. For that, the mentality of individuals has to change.

Before India became independent, people thought nothing of sacrificing their personal goals for their country. However, subsequent generations, born into a free nation, came to believe that they were justified in indulging themselves. If they could not get what they wanted by fair means, then they tried to get it by foul.

With the rise of individualism, a person no longer feels himself to be a part of his neighbourhood, his city, his society or his country. I think this is the reason why people do not feel guilty for engaging in acts of corruption. Why should they feel guilty about doing things harmful to others in society, if they do not feel any connection between themselves and other members of society?

So I guess the challenge is this- to bring about a change in society so that each member of society feels that this is my village, my city, my society, and my nation. We are all children of the same nation.

Only if this feeling is cultivated, will people hesitate to do any acts which would be harmful to society in general. And as a consequence, corruption will necessarily decrease.