While watching a recent new movie, I couldn’t help but wonder, why do people enjoy when the good wins over bad? Why do we applaud when a sincere police inspector crushes the corrupt politicians and government people?
Corruption is a word that is used frequently in a common Indian’s vocabulary. Just like the famous David and Goliath story, independent India awaits a David to eradicate corruption which has taken the form of a monstrous Goliath. India is facing voluminous problems vis-a-vis poverty, terrorism, unemployment, crimes against women, etc. In my opinion the root cause of these problems hails from corruption. Understanding corruption is no rocket science. We could define it as a union of politicians, bureaucrats and criminals or an inefficient administrative system or the criminalizing of the Indian political system. The real issue that raises concern in India today is the agony of all those Indians who are inadvertently victims of corruption. Today corruption has such a bloated effect that it is clearly visible in all the sectors of the Indian society.
The effect of corruption on our economy is blatantly evident today.. We face the evil of corruption everyday, in the form of donations to educational institutions, bribes to government officials, and under-the-table transactions. It is appalling to see the innumerable scams in our country. The 2G scam, which involved Telecom Minister A Raja giving away unified access service licenses at throw away prices, which cost our country Rs 1.76-lakh crore. Known to be the biggest corporate scam in India, the Satyam Computer Services scam horrified shareholders and investors as it fueled out Rs 14000 crore from the Indian market. The high-rise Adarsh Society was a high-rise scam where apartments were distributed amongst bureaucrats, politicians and army personnel, instead of allotting them through a legitimate auction. Abdul Karim Telgi, of the famous Telgi scam, looted the country of over Rs 20000 crore by printing fake stamp papers with the help of many government officials. But, the hallmark of scams is undoubtedly the Commonwealth Games scam which has caused national shame and has triggered uproar amongst the Indians. In the recent years scams have come out of the box and the pace at which they do doesn’t seem to lessen. The real problem is finding the cure for this disease called corruption.
In 1966, the Sanathanam Committee found that the Lokpal Bill would be helpful in curbing corruption but no political party strongly acted on it since then. Forty years later, the youth of India have awakened and are determined to get a good and strong Lokpal Bill under the leadership of Anna Hazare; which is to be passed in the monsoon session of the Parliament. Will the implementation of the Lokpal Bill reduce corruption in India? If the Lokpal Bill is passed, will it succeed in punishing the real culprits? Even though the Government has tabled its own version of the Lokpal Bill, there is agitation as the civil society activists say it has numerous inadequacies. The need of the hour is to pass a positive and strong Lokpal Bill during the monsoon session in August itself. A Bill that will ensure the end of corruption! Rather than disputing, it is preferable that the Government, the civil society activists and the youth of our country form a nexus and work towards a corruption free India, making the Lokpal Bill the medium.
At this juncture, I would like to mention what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous speech, “Let us begin anew remembering that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to ending an era of slavery of the Black people in the United States and spoke well of fighting slavery in a united manner. We Indians should stand up to corruption and uproot it out of our system. As I end, a very famous song enters my head, “We shall overcome, we shall overcome someday, deep in my heart I do believe, we shall over come someday” Will a corruption free India remain a mere dream?
Amravati, Jan 19 (PTI) Former President A P J AbdulKalam today asked the youth to work towards making India acorruption-free country.
"India wants young people of ethics, youths of ethics.
That will bring beauty in character and harmony in homes. Wemust have a corruption-free nation, but corruption begins fromhome. If children decide that their family will be free fromcorruption, India will greatly recover," he said.
"Use the bond of love that you share with your fatherto make your home corruption-free and take an oath that todayonwards I will work as corruption-free brigade at my home,"the eminent scientist said at a gathering of youths atJawaharlal Nehru Stadium here in Eastern Maharashtra.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari was prominent among thosepresent on the occasion.
"We should be proud of our role models, butunfortunately, we don''t have such role models. Nation isbigger than any party, any system. So, nation should win. Ifnation wins, you''ll win," said Kalam.
The former President said there is anguish among everysection of the society, including students. Everyone isworried about deteriorating democratic and societal values.
"We all need to fight a hard battle to improve thethings. Our politics needs to undergo a chemotherapy. Theignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on theearth, under the earth and above the earth. Knowledge willempower you to undertake great missions."
Kalam said everyone of us should think about what Ican give to make India developed in 2020. (more) PTI CORRSY
Kalam administered an oath to students about having a goal, working with integrity, teaching at least five peopleand working to protect and enhance dignity of human life.
Gadkari, in his speech, said people, especially youth,should take inspiration from Kalam. "Only dreams are notsufficient. Youths should have awareness to achieve success."
The former President was in Amravati in Vidarbharegion for a day and attended four functions.
Speaking at Techelons-2011, a national-level technicalfestival for students, he advised engineering and technologystudents to build capacities to empower the nation throughtechnology and innovation.
"Every youth wants to be unique. You have to fight thehardest battle and not to stop until you arrive at your goal.
You must have an aim in life, acquire knowledge through greatbooks, work hard, sweat a lot and be the captain of theproblems. And then you will become unique."
The noted scientist said India needs moreentrepreneurs than job-seekers. "I visited a village inPunjab, where I met farmers who have successfully increasedthe production of seed cotton. This was achieved through aproductive partnership among farmers, agricultural scientists,textile industry and the Government."
At another function, Kalam said engineers andtechnologists of Vidarbha should become the champions ofintegrated development of the backward region.
Advocating PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in RuralAreas) for improving infrastructure, he said Vidarbha shouldhave 20 PURA complexes. PURA provides physical, electronic andknowledge connectivity leading to economic development ofvillages. (more) PTI CORRSY
One of the key issues in Vidarbha is the availability of water. Though, the region gets around 600 to 800 millimetreof monsoon rain, the region does not have adequate provisionto contain the water in villages, Kalam said.
A coordinated action is needed to de-silt andoperationalise all the water bodies of Vidarbha, he said,adding "simultaneously, action is also required to createsmall check-dams and additional water bodies in villages."
Addressing another gathering of students atVidyabharati College here, Kalam said, "students should dreambig, but dreams should be coupled with actual action."
Amravati has given birth to many freedom fighters,social workers, leaders and scientists who worked for theprogress of the nation. Students must aim to achieve successin whatever field they select, he said.
The former President appealed to the students tobecome good human beings and acquire knowledge. "There isno option to knowledge. Students should become knowledgeable,meritorious and develop their character." PTI CORRSY
"When there is righteousness in heart, there is beautyin character. When there is beauty in character, there''sharmony in home, when there is harmony at home, there will beorder in nation," Kalam said.
He was addressing a programme organised at Sant GadgeBaba Amravati University here.
Kalam also spoke with Collectors, district heads ofdifferent departments in Amravati division as well as theteachers.
"District Collectors are the last mile forimplementation of schemes and they are the link betweengovernment and public. They are attached to the problems ofthe district. They should step forward with integrity anddetermination to develop." PTI COR
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