Uprooting Corruption From Within

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.

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11 thoughts on “Uprooting Corruption From Within”

  1. That was a brilliant one. The linking of the overriding individualism in us to the prevalence of social evils including corruption. You are so right about the investigating and law enforcing agencies themselves being mired in corruption. Social consciousness is the need of the day, as you have rightly put it.

    Thanks for doing the tag. Posting the link to your blog, right away. 🙂

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  2. Beautiful post, Manju! Read Zephyr’s post too! It is nice to know that people of importance also have joined this movement esp. without political connection.

    Let us all try our best. As you said every single person should make an effort…every drop counts!

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  3. It was Ratan Tata ( I think) who in an interview said, corruption is rampant. but it is easier for a large organisation to counteract ( they face less harassment than smaller organisations). And yet, the bigger the scam, we find only big organisations themselves who are involved.
    It is time we did something. Atleast a better place to leave behind for our children.

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    1. Tata group is one of the most corrupt organization in india and still one of the most social responsible ones ( hospitals, educational instituions).we know not much of tata.

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    2. Radha Yes, it’s time we all realized that it is up to us to leave behind a better place for our children.
      I think you’re right about large organisations being more involved in corruption. And the most corruption is found in the very largest organisation- the government!

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  4. That “my” word is one of the root causes. On top of all this, we have a divide created at every level – My language, my city, my caste, my religion, my state… and if a person has decides to think beyond himself/herself, there are still all these barriers he/she need look past

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    1. Depends on how you use the word, I think. 🙂

      I have used it in the sense that a person belongs to his village or city, his country. If a person does not feel a sense of belonging, why will he care for others?

      A child learns early that he/she belongs to a family-so he cares about his parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, etc. It is his family.

      As a child grows up his horizons expand to include his neighbours, his village, his country. If they do not so expand, if he does not think beyond himself or his close circle of family/ friends, then he will care only about himself.

      If his horizons do expand, then he will care about others, too. At least that is what I feel.

      BTW- Welcome here! 🙂

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