Can Destiny Save us from the Brink of Collapse ?

Whoever said that “corruption is a global phenomenon” might have India in mind.  People sneered at late Indira Gandhi when she repeated this quote in the 80’s but she was right in saying this considering the extent of its far and wide reach in the realm of everyday life.    Though corruption existed from time immemorial in one form or the other today   it has pervaded every facet of our lives and ever since the IPL tamasha has come out in the open throwing light on the involvement of politicians in the murky deal, the public is exposed to a series of corruption-related issues.   It is corruption that added extra spice to the IPL cocktail drama.  Medical Council of India  (MCI) Chairman Ketan Desai, Indian Woman diplomat-turned spy, Senior IAS officer accepting bribe of 25 lakhs, Nithyananda Swamy having Rs. 32 crores in his account - are some of the recent events  that give us a slice of the bigger cake of corruption prevalent in our country. 

Before these events came out in the public domain there was the issue of Madhu Koda amassing wealth up to the tune of Rs. 4000 crores, our Behenji (Maya Mem Sahib) dipping herself in diamonds, gold, silver and amassing properties worth crores and still the CBI giving her clean chit, the YSR family scandal, the Reddy bothers of Karnataka and their mining money, the Shibu Soren episode are still fresh in the public mind.  The recent addition has been the shocking news of MCI President Ketan Desai amassing according to CBI, not a few crores but about 2500 crores in cash and 1500 kg gold and other properties is just a slice of the larger pie called corruption.  Once again it exposes the deadly nexus of bureaucracy, politicians-bollywood and criminals looting and eating away the vitals of our nation.      

It can be seen from these incidents that money is the epicenter of these entire sordid saga. Indian diplomat in Pakistan Madhu Gupta could risk herself for the sake of money and could be for a more lucrative offer which she could not resist.  Lalit Modi dug his own grave and is burying himself in it by becoming too greedy, wanting to amass more mulla.   It is now believed that there could be much greater and more dreadful news emanating from across the border in the form of another diplomat turned-spy whose treachery to the nation might be very detrimental to the security of the country.  Only money could entice him to do this. 

With the façade put on by the suave and articulate Shashi Tharoor falling flat in the IPL fiasco and the involvement of another high profile politician Praful Patel also coming out in the open it can be boldly assumed that politicians are the other name for corruption.  And for the record, all these so called netaas get away with the loot, and continue to be in high and influential positions and carry on with their deadly shenanigans with ‘money” does most of the work.  One wonders what prompts these wealthy stinking rich politicians to ‘serve’ the public when they are croropathis having millions staked in the baks.  Isn’t it the lure of more money?     Indeed, we don’t have even an instance of even one politician who has put behind bars for corruption which in itself exposes our lack of will or concern towards such a vital issue.  What we have seen or heard is only a small tip of the iceberg.  The police, the judiciary, the military and even the common man are embroiled in corruption.  The problems of Maoist, Naxalites, terrorism, intolerance, politics of hatred are all the result of ever increasing corruption , to hang on to power and through power amass wealth.    . 

In India politics seems to be the one and only and surefire way of amassing huge wealth in a short time and getting away with it. It does not matter such politicians belong to rival political parties.  When it comes to the crunch they all follow the principle of ‘you pat my back I will scratch yours’.  Our Behenji Mayavati’s BSP coming to the rescue of Congress party in parliament during yesterdays voting seems to be a quid-pro-quo for the favours shown by CBI by giving her a clean chit in the disproportionate assets case.  

We the citizens have taken the easy way of resigning to our fate when we are equally to be blamed for giving such a long rope to our politicians to carry on with their follies and frailties.  Criminals, anti national and anti social elements and hooligans have taken recourse in politics and have institutionalized corruption.  Who can we blame for the debasement of democracy?  Our own lethargy and indifference have brought us on the verge of a deadly precipice from where there seems to be no point of return.  We have not demanded accountability and continue to re-elect people who keep hoodwinking us during every elections.

To further add insult to injury having tasted both power and wealth these politicians now ensure the entry of their kith and kin in the dirty and murky political field to enjoy the fruits of the ill-gotten wealth.  It is sad that we have slowly moved towards democratic monarchy with power and wealth concentrating in the hands of a few. But who cares!  We don’t not want to disturb the cozy and systematic life we are leading within the precincts of the four corners of our homes.  We have a tendency to wake up only when problem surfaces at our doorstep. 

Karnataka Lokayukta has netted many corrupt officials and newspapers have dutifully splashed the news and photographs giving wide publicity.  But what has happened to them?  Nothing I suppose.   That is why our own Lokayukta Santhosh Hegde was crying hoarse saying his hard work goes wasted without any guilty officer paying a price for his misdemeanor. 

Supreme Court has commented that even god cannot save this country from corruption.   So what is the alternative left for us except to wait for destiny!

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Comment on this article

  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, May 04 2010

    It is a national shame that India  stands tall among the corrupted  nations of the world. Whether it
    is public or private, corruption is the way of life.

    All the poor countries are infected with this plague, but as India  is emerging as an economic powerhouse, drastic actions must be  taken to rectify this social evil.

    In a corrupted society, the poor  people are not getting their  rightful share of justice on the
    other hand, the corrupted officials get richer at the expense of the  ordinary citizens.

  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Mon, May 03 2010

    All important departments in India should have a bold & bright colored display board at a prominent front region warning not to offer bribe and also to inform those who demand bribe by SMS to three mobile numbers. These Three Mobile Numbers are of anti-corrupt official at Taluk, District and State level. Their Names, SMSs, e-mail IDs and Addresses should be displayed prominently for the public to get alerted about the seriousness of bribe menace.

    The authority should severely punish the bribe taking officials and also initially warn and if found again guilty, then such individual/company should be punished and also their earlier records/files in that department should be strictly scrutinized for favoring them by those corrupt officials.

  • geoffrey, hathill

    Sat, May 01 2010

    Yes.Corruption IS a global phenomenon and globe aint made up of India alone! Even after revolutions, countries like France or Russia haven't remained immune to corruption. With the exception of a very few individuals like M K Gandhi or Mother Theresa, for the vast majority it's 'Lack of opportunity makes virtue' We have known many a Neta whom the media claimed to be 'Mr Clean' later turned out to be 'masters of corruption'. It's just that 'you are not a thief until you are caught'

  • Najam Batrekere, Bajpe

    Sat, May 01 2010

    Current situation of our country is :
    Rishwat Ley Kar Pakda gaya,
    Rishwat Dey kar Nikal gaya !

  • Dr.Anand T & Geeta N PEREIRA, MANGALORE

    Sat, May 01 2010

    Thank you for the thought provoking article. Corruption, prevails in both developing and developed economies. However, in Developed Countries, corruption is at the highest levels and does not affect the middle man.

  • syd, dehradun

    Fri, Apr 30 2010

    Maoism has got a strong foothold.If we do not heed the warning then if we go back in history we will get the answer from the French Revolution. There will be a storming,tumbrils and the guillotine.So we should beware and rectify our laws.

  • adshenoy, mangloor

    Fri, Apr 30 2010

    When the nation, including its people the government- ministers, elected officials, bureaucrats,politicians and everyone in between are corrupt who can save the nation?
    Even we opt for military government. it will be corrupt because its the value system the nation has.
    Except for few people, the coruption persists at every level. Its a sorry state of affairs.
    You are right Florine the destiny will prevail.

  • Tan, M'Lore

    Fri, Apr 30 2010

    Hi Florine,
    These are all true facts that you have written. I have lived in a couple of developed countries. When coming back home to India i feel so sad. It's not that there is no curruption in those countries, but the differemce is, in India you can get away with it and there curruption is at a very high level and it does not affect the common man.

  • Alwyn Dcruz, Blore/Darwin

    Fri, Apr 30 2010

    Dear Florine. Let me congratulate you on this article. The answer is simple. There should be no talking but complete income tax raids and any unaccounted money the person should be arrested and put to the gallows. This should include the scrutiny of starting with the President and PM of India and then start with the police and then finally to the politicians...pls do not forget the judges also has to be checked...everyone and then only will the country improve. No talking only the gallows

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