Friday, September 25, 2009

Corruption Tree

One day, the great king of great territory announced,” from now onwards, drinking wine is strictly outlawed and if anyone was found drunk, would be directly hanged till death.” The sudden decision of king spread in every nook and corner of city like fire in the forest. People became restless as it was not easy to leave their lifelong addiction in one moment. A group of dignitaries were formed to present their case before the king.
The chief of the group said with a ton of humbleness,” O, Great king! You are mightier in the mightiest. Please let us give some time to leave this addiction. Otherwise half the people of city would be hanged.”
Meanwhile a villager who was standing near the group whispered to his neighbour, “How fool our chief is! Does he not know that king's decision would be valid for a single day? “
To the embarrassment, his neighbour replied in mocking tone,” if you were so intelligent, you would be chief. It is such a serious issue and you, fool, are beating about the bush.”
The villager replied with annoyance, “Don’t you see, king himself is drunk. Do you think that king would like to be hanged too? Once king would come into sense, no longer this decision would be valid.”
King tried to answer the ‘chief’ but to the surprise of courtiers and people, he trembled and fell to the ground and his crown rolled and rolled and hit the feet of the villager.


Analysis:



 What I want to illustrate through this story is the distorted image of corruption of which we are somewhat addicted to. Corruption is more like a banyan tree that grows from the roots but once it is rooted deep it become so hard to drag it up. So the best way to kill the tree is to cut it branches, its twigs, its trunk and slowly- slowly it would get weaker and could be killed.
Corruption in society starts from basic level; like from a village, spreads to higher level. But to eliminate it, it would be better to eliminate it from bigger level to basic level.
How can we expect a thief to leave his act when the police take bribes?
How can we expect from babus to be honest when bureaucrats and leaders at higher level stock illegal money in their Swiss account.

How can we expect a student to be prudent and honest when his teacher himself is not prudent and honest?
It’s the system that is forcing the commoner to become corrupt.
No Corruption-preventive law can be fully utilized unless we start blotting corruption out from the top.
CBI is not meant only for investing and solving petty cases. It is shame for CBI for not to be able to solve bigger cases.  Do you want to read about this more? Click here

*I am not here blaming people at the higher level for more corruption than people, at lower level. I just want to suggest a solution for its prohibition. Individual transformation is required for tackling corruption but I always feel the need of catalyst in form of inspiration and motivation that can be better transferred from people at higher level.


*I have tried my best to write the story congruent to the message I want to deliver. But if anyhow I have not succeeded. Please read it as two separate posts...

24 comments:

Sat_hi_sh said...

Yeah buddy ,the top level Bureaucrats have to be dealt with severely to set an example but in India the policies are itself framed by these Bureaucrats ,so its gonna take a miracle to root out corruption :(



keep blogging
cheers!!!

anushree said...

so true...
change is the only thing constant...
who will chamge , how n for whom...its for us to decide...
probably everyone is aware of the fact..but the point is we always want others to initiate..keep writing.
such issues really need to be posted now n then ...coz humans they realy hv short memory i suppose...hope ur posts will bring CHANGE.
tkcr!

Surya said...

Pranam Amit,

The updated one,
The current one,
The valid one,
you wrote in an elegant way and brought the necessity highlighted against the deeprooted epidermic aweful disease!
How to withstand these viruses of super resistance is a question, still burning in side of the celebrated intellectual peaks!
Thank you!

Vishnu said...

didnt know that our PM has stated this.. thanks for the info.. a very honest post.. i liked these words "corruption is like a banyan tree".. so true.. n its very old like the banyan tree too..

BK Chowla said...

I would like to make a small correction.Corruption starts from the top and peculates down to the lower level.

Singh Amit said...

@ Sathish..
Thanks a lot ..:)
U r true... :)
" in India the policies are itself framed by these Bureaucrats"

Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@ Anushree
Thanks a lot...
glad that u liked it..:)

Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@ Surya..
Thanks a lot...
keep visiting..
Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@ Vishnu..
Thanks a lot.. :)
Corruption is like 'old' banyan tree..
Very true.. :)

Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@ Chowla ji..

Thanks a lot..

cheers!!

Suga said...

Well, I liked the story a lot ... bt again ... evn if in the end u said u dunt wana blame ppl at higher level ... thts the only thng u did thru ths post ... I mean Ppl are not kids ... they are very much aware if bribing is a crime or corruption shudnt be there... they dunt du it ... coz they c others ... they du it coz they want to !!!

R S V said...

good one Amit......
but by today's standards, corruption is acceptable if it doesn't ones life....it is a pity..

R S V said...

I meant
if it doesn't TAKE one's life...

Singh Amit said...

@Suga

Thanks a lot.. :)
You are true.. people are to be blamed...But..What I want to say is every people at every level are equally responsible. we can not rank..that higher level people are more and lower people are less... Because the basic thing is that both want to do corruption..the only difference is the availability of option to do corruption...people at higher level have more option ..so doing more.... people at higher level are law maker, bureaucrats, leader...So if their minds are corruption free..It would be easier to implement the law and control the corruption at the basic level...

Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@ RSV
Thanks a lot.. :)
You are true....
but people are loosing their life in many ways..:(

cheers!!

Happybirdie said...

yeah corruption...It should end and you have taken a gr8 initiative...but I wud also like to quote this from an advertisement that...'Wo(corrupt people) khaten hain kyunki hum khilate hain'..We must revolt thr and then..else this eating away will continue to eat our nation.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Truly Outstanding and a real good one !! Great Work..Unseen Rajasthan

Singh Amit said...

@Happybirdie..
Thanks a lot... :)
keep visiting
Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@Unseen Rajasthan
Thanks a lot..
Welcome to my blog.. :)
Cheers!!!

Ike said...

"All" have sinned and come short of God's glory."

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son,that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life."

Jesus said..."I am the way...the truth...and the life...NO man comes to the Father but by Me."

The only real peace is God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Shankar said...

preventing corruption is really a big deal.... In india it is very difficult since it is mixed in every drop of hemoglobin of some bureaucrats. We can point out if one or two is corrupt. But where and whom to pin point if the entire establishment is corrupt??

A political reformation is needed..right from scratch...

Singh Amit said...

@ IkE.
Thanks a lot for comment... :)
Keep visiting :)

Singh Amit said...

@ Shankar...
Thanks a lot..
U r true...
"A political reformation is needed..right from scratch..."

Cheers!!

Roshmi Sinha said...

Yes, it is the system! Corruption is everywhere and in every society. It is truly 'globalized'. The only difference is that in the west... i.e., in the so-called 'developed' countries... they keep the lid so tight that the stench does not come out. t the same time, they sit on judgement on the goings-on in the 'developing' or the 'under developed' countries.

The word 'corruption' is used as a bogey... against the people/leaders/individuals/groups/organisations... that 'they' do not like.

When a traffic police or an ordinary policeman is paid 4 or 5 thousand bucks... how else will they make ends meet... ??? What else can be expected... ??? Just an example, though...

Also, how does society treat the honest and straight forward people... ??? How does it treat 'whistle blowers'... ??? We read of sooo many sports persons who have won laurels for the country... leading the life of a destitute. Of soldiers who have lost their limbs or their lives... and their families living in miserable conditions. Of honest (former) MLAs and MPs... reduced to living on the streets. The list goes on and on and on...