Sunday, December 4, 2011


I doubt if the disease of corruption can be eradicated.It is almost immortal and may take another shape if removed from one place. I illustrate the fact with an assumed satirical story of an office clerk. The clerk had become infamous for corrupt practices he followed and despite transfer after transfer he always found ways of receiving bribe. Then he was transferred to sea coast for some assignment. He was getting bored of not receiving his daily dose of bribe. He sat one day on the sea shore asking fishermen not to enter the sea. When they asked why no entry. The clerk said 'lahren gini ja rahi hain tum unhe bigad doge' (waves are being counted and you will erase them). After repeated pleadings and requests he bargained for his dose, saying the officers will also share the amount. The fishermen went for fishing. This became a routine and the fishermen knew what to do.
So, this imaginary story tells you that any number of Lokpals or Prithwipals will not be able to eradicate the menace of corruption. We must realize that those who give bribe are more guilty than the ones who take it. Bribe givers are not being punished and therefore when 'miyan bibi razi kya karega kaazi' (when bribe giver and taker are concurring what will Lokpal do?). People are getting frusrtated and becoming Naxalites. Perhaps Islamic laws can be more effective but then what about democracy?. A dictator like Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose might do some good and this also will be at the expense of democracy. Hople Anna Hazare is able to refine his ways to deal with the devil of corruption.


  1. Mishra sir, Observation holds that all humans at personal level are meant to do pursuit of what is best for themselves. That is another holy way to define what others allege to be corruption. The basic problem is that it has to be prevented at the social level, because--> there is another story to explain why and how:
    It says, supposing all people become 'corrupt', and discharge or disregard their duty on the payment of 'extra' money. A pharmacist pays extra money to have counterfeit medicines approved from the drug inspector. There comes around adulteration in massive scale, and the citizens start falling victim to it. Will it be possible for that same drug inspector to find a genuine medicine even after payment of some more cash.
    Apply this for the case of Driving Liscence, or approval of operation of school bus for children.(such cases have been proposed and projected in cinema, such as 'Hindustani'(Kamal hasan).
    Moral is that" Corruption is pursuit of self happiness at one end, but social poison. If a citizen desires to control it he should have a means.AND, It is that same citizen who does corruption, while he is also a victim of it.
    In India, the problem is that Corruption is systemic in nature, when compared with other countries which are low on corruption.Infact, the SYSTEMIC nature of it is further breeding more of it, by way of defense that "when everybody id doing it, why should I not?". Thus, there is no way of breaking it. The Systemic element is that: There are very few point where the Public Administration's counter-check and balance point are separate, and that too, not distinctly and fairly. Which means, subversion of system is easy, by appointing the 'right' person as Chief Justice, the president is titular head, a "puppet", and bureaucracy is habitual to serve the political heads for their self-pursuit. The Election Commission and the CAG are two constitutionally designed independent people, but unfortunately they are manageable appointments too. Summary, it is a system now.
    The indian democracy needs to experiment out something new by itself, to solve their misery.
    Jan Lokpal draft of Anna is a very very strong proposal and studied means on this front.

  2. You are right. But the government of India is determined to make it ineffective.