Are Indians corrupt by nature as thought and stated by many of us these days? Is the greed for public money tempting for all us? Do we have some dignity left in conduct of our public figures? What can be the lasting solution of corruption? All these questions are made more difficult to answer by recent years events, in particular two incidents worth more than 10000000000000 rupees.
In first incident, that is known to us as the biggest scam in history of India, 2g spectrum case, public officials and politicians appropriated estimated 1.72 lakh crores of public money by graft and by bending the rules.
In second incident that has come up recently, Indian Archeological Survey has unearthed more than 1.2 lakh crore worth jewels and gold at Padmanabha temple in Kerala. This treasure was under the guard of traditional family of king and some priests. They had the opportunity to take away money from it for 400 years. But they never did, they knew that only a small fist of jewels from that temple can make their generations wealthy, but they never touched it. Why? ….. they stated that it is public money, God’s money, so they don’t have any right over it and they are just protecter of it. Amusing for today’s time, isn’t it?
Gandhiji once said that public official and politicians should act as guardian of public fund. He also pointed out that morality and religion are very important values in public service. But due to blatant ongoing rationalization of society, where only ends are important, not means, society expecting that a public official will not amass wealth by using all the means available to him is a gigantic stupidity. We can either have ethical society or rational society, we can’t have ethical society consisting of rational-economic men. It is just not possible.
So on the issue of controlling corruption, either we should be so developed that doing corruption is a lot more difficult than earning a honest salary or we have a moral society made up of moral people. West has gone with 1st option, but they amassed wealth by colonialism/no-colonialism. Now they are also feeling the heat of unethical society with increasing globalization. We can’t expect India to grow wealthier than west because in today’s world colonization is becoming more and more difficult. It is far easier for India to choose a path of morality because we still have a great tradition of morality and religion.
We don’t need new laws, lokpal, CVC etc. They have been and will be just patchwork. The lasting solution lies in the creation of a moral society. We need moral leaders, we need more Gandhis, we need more Chanakyas, we need more Kalams. Then only we can solve many of our problems, more on other problems later…