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Corruption- a part of Indian life

Corruption, unfortunately, extends into every sphere of Indians’ life and is almost unavoidable. Money can get you just about anything: ticket for election from national parties, a good job, transfer to good place if you have job, a good education, a gas connection, admission of your children to good school, a sleeping birth in a train, permission to jump the queue for buying train tickets or getting in the train, special treatment at temple for special price (so even god/s have accepted corruption).


But don’t think that India is not the most corrupt country in the world. That distinction belongs to Bangladesh, which finished dead last among 91 countries surveyed for the 2002 Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International. India ranked 71st, while Pakistan was 79th, allowing Indians to brag that they’re more honest than their neighbors and they always say that If you want to see real corruption, just cross the border. Even husbands have to bribe wives just to have children…

And the real actors always plead their innocence and for them this is not a bribe, this is a donation… And ofcourse they are very honest person. As a wise man once said, it pays to be honest.”

 Like climate change , India’s corruption is also a perenial discussion. And even before climate change I remember we often have this dicussion in the leasure time of university.  A super – enthusiasts use to suggest – the ‘death sentence should be like China “… the most practical tips -’ yaar it’s better to fix rate …”.  As a freelance corner panelist, we were worried for the future and not involved in “give-take” business. However we never realised how corrupt we are word and real intention. Many of us were try hard to get some over paying job and many of them already have become real money maker. Rest of us who have not got that opportunity are still discussing about corruption.


Incidentally, I was never in ‘taker’  position, but many instance of feeling of pain and shame of not “giving”. Unability to not giving makes you socially down graded and often you will be insulted in full view of public.

You must be wondering why the Indians are so tolerant? Why is it that elected leader blamed for corruption in telephone department and party expelled him and he formed a new party with telephone symbol and won the election with overwhelming majority. Wondering wheather he got easy publicity and name linked with telephone helped him to win the election.

Corruption is so acceptable that we stop using this word ”corruption”, better we call it by different name like donation, gift or sharing etc etc.  In childhood we were taught – ‘who eat by sharing get holly Ganga bath’  or some share of bread flour for the fish, one bread for cow, one for dog , and little for crow,  means for everyone something. I guess our officials inforce that social teaching word by word. In the system share is for everyone and if something is left then it goes to real beneficiary.

We all have many friends and relatives who are running their house with this support. Their children are getting good education, and then contributing to new found economic growth of India. Many of them are buying new houses in our modernising metro and contributing to real state sector. They are also employing many agents to run their sprawling donation business. Those agents are officaly unemployed but they are running their houses with ease.  So I guess this donation system is also contributing in economic progress and wealth distribution.


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    300 crorepati babus in Bihar!


    PATNA: A staggering 300 Bihar government employees earning modest government salaries are crorepatis. If this isn’t surprising enough, here’s more:

    All but two of the sleazy 300 continue to hold on to their secure as also, no doubt, lucrative – government jobs despite long stints in jails.

    According to official figures, 71 such corrupt babus were caught until November this year by the state vigilance bureau. In 2006, when chief minister Nitish Kumar cracked the whip on graft, 70-odd ‘trap’ cases led to the arrest of 76 employees. This figure shot up to 131 in 2007; while 97 others were caught with their hands in the till in 2008. Of these 365 arrested babus, Vigilance Bureau found 300 of them had assets and other valuables running into crores.

    In the last four years, chargesheets were submitted against 596 gazetted and 632 non-gazetted public servants apart from 302 others, including those arrested before 2006. With just one vigilance court in Bihar for ‘trap’ cases, only a handful of them have been convicted so far. Worse, the departments concerned have been indifferent about sacking the convicts.

    The only two corrupt public servants fired were clerks — one in commercial taxes department and the other in the agriculture department.

    “The vigilance bureau has no role in the dismissal of government servants arrested on corruption charge,” said ADG (vigilance) Anil Sinha. “Our job is to arrest them, file FIRs, investigate the case, submit chargesheets and put them on trial,’’ he said, adding dismissal has to be ordered by the departments concerned.

    Sinha admits trials in such cases haven’t been fast because there is just one court for ‘trap’ cases. “But the pace of trials has increased, with court proceedings taking place daily,’’ he added.

    Another senior cop said speedy trial and conviction of such employees would go a long way in discouraging others. The vigilance department, too, feels that dismissals would create a sense of fear among other greedy babus. Nitish Kumar has emphasised the need for special courts to deal exclusively with trap and disproportionate assets cases. “If I had my way, I’ll have illegal properties amassed by them confiscated and open schools in their palatial buildings,’’ Kumar said.

    The state government has already got a Bihar Special Courts Bill, 2009, passed by the state legislature which provides for confiscation of assets of corrupt government servants. But the Bill’s awaiting Centre’s approval.

    “It is pending with the Centre since March this year despite reminders from the CM who has even met Union law minister Veerappa Moily in this regard,’’ a senior state official said.

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