There has been so much hue and cry about the corruption and its huge proportions in India during last few years 😦
But Are we really the most corrupt nation – Let’s look at results of survey conducted by World Economic Forum:
I am presenting data on two parameters: Public trust of Politicians and Prevalence of Bribery – Better rank means that public trust of politicians is high and prevalence of bribery is low.
Well, we actually are corrupt but guess what – so are other BRICS nations (direct peers to us – BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) . It is either the developed western countries with strong institutions or smaller countries like Singapore who face lower levels of corruption. What it means is that we are not the only country that faces corruption; it might be in the human blood and result of the fact that humans are selfish creatures by design. It needs to be stopped through strong laws IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY or through religion promising us great afterlife 😀 . Corruption is our biggest bane and we need to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Lets analyze, what is the source of corruption… There are two parties involved and it is a win-win situation for both… the payer of bribe gets favoritism and saves/earns a lot of money while the receiver gets direct monetary benefits as the payer shares a portion of the moolah.
Now,the million dollar question: Who is more responsible – payer or the receiver:
I think, that the person paying bribe is actually more corrupt than the receiver and is the actual instigator of corruption.
Take few small examples:
1) How many of us pay the designated fine to traffic police in case we break some traffic rule by mistake or otherwise – I don’t – Do YOU?
2) How many of us comply with the income tax rules and pay income tax in full – I do because my company deducts TDS – I might not (if I was running a business) – DO YOU?
3) How many of us buy electronics items from Grey market to save taxes – Data shows that a lot of us do – I have bought many items from Grey market – DON’T YOU?
4) And How many of us ask the retailer, if the items can be purchased without bill – I do a lot of times – DON’T YOU?
This is an endless list – You would say – why should I pay taxes and fill politicians’ coffers – I say – you actually are selfish and its’ all a sham that you have been playing.
Lets try and stop pretending that we are supporting Anna and we are fighting Corruption. Guys, WE ARE THE SOURCE OF CORRUPTION. We are not the Victims, we are the perpetrators. I certainly feel so.. what do you think…let the World know..comment..share…do whatever you want to do..but for God’s sake STOP BEHAVING LIKE VICTIMS…..
And I would finish with the song from Teesri Kasam –
Sajan Re Jhooth mat bolo – Khuda ke pass jaana hai
Na Haathi hai na Ghoda hai – Waha Paidal hee jaana hai!!!