Friday, August 19, 2011

“Anna Hazare’s Crusade Again Corruption” - Professor M.S.Rao

“There is more Indian money in Swiss banks than any other nationality.” – Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder

Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption is catching up. It is unfortunate that Indian government is trying to douse the movement rather than addressing the issue. In any democracy it is always the people who are supreme as they make the governments. In the case of Anna Hazare people are behind his movement. His movement is not personal and is beneficial in the larger interest of country. Government must take a note of his demands and address immediately. Anna Hazare is not fighting his personal battle. He is fighting against corruption in India. Government must make sure that it loses the battle with Anna Hazare without any false prestige to win the war against corruption in the long run.

It is very sad that one out of three people in India are corrupt. Corruption has become a cancer to Indian society. People pay bribe to get the things done and people accept as they are used to it. In fact, there must be change in mindset among Indians against corruption.

Corruption is more problematic than prostitution as the latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country. According to Transparency International (an anti-graft watchdog) India stood 83rd corrupt nation in the Global Corruption Index, alongside Malawi and Romania .

It is unfortunate that people are judged by materialistic possessions rather than their knowledge, skills, abilities and virtues. Few people in our Indian society often encourage ends, not means and it proves costly at the end. In fact, corruption creeps when people don’t emphasize on fair means, but on unfair ends.

What I strongly feel is that India is rich but Indians are poor. On the one hand we find billionaires in India and on the other hand we find poverty. There is no proper distribution of wealth among the people leading to gap between the rich and the poor.

Government must address the issue of corruption from all perspectives with short term goals and long term goals. Only by blending both short and long term goals and aligning their words with deeds we will be able to root out corruption in India.

Reports reveal that New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland are the five least corrupt nations of the world. We can learn from them the strategies they have devised to curb corruption. “To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell”, goes the proverb. It all depends on us to choose the path we intend to follow. Therefore, choose the right path for longevity and for the overall progress of our society. Say firmly ‘No’ to corruption.

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder and Chief Consultant,
MSR Leadership Consultants, India
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