I always wondered why India remains a corrupt country when well meaning average people work with good intention to the best of their capability. I wanted to know how corruption at one place would mutually harbinger corruption at some other place. A news item in the Tribune today made many a things clear to me.
If a citizen raises voice against corruption in public life he thinks of CBI as the best institution to look into the matter. We read so many news items about people demanding to have a CBI inquiry in matters where there are corruption charges. But the fact that such an august body as CBI has to seek permission from a department to prosecute persons to find out the truth about the charges levelled against them, is a news to me.
Does it mean that a person, a “babu” in a office or ministry can override the preliminary inquiry report of CBI only because he happens to be made in-charge of an assignment which is not his primary job and for which he has not been specially trained. I am shocked to learn that a “babu” in MHRD wrote “I don’t perceive him to be a corrupt person” about someone against whom CBI had established charges. The question is who authorizes such persons to pass judgment when they are not trained for that. Well it is the Minister in charge of the department that entrusts such a job to a “babu” and the MInister is an elected member of the parliament voted by us, the citizens, to power.
So, in a nutshell, we, the citizens, who go on tolerating injustice and corruption around us are to be blamed for making our country a corrupt nation. And when I look back and count the number of complaints that I addressed to officers in the ministry for redressal, and the fact that they remained uncared for, that was so painful to me. But today I know why they were never looked into.
We remain a corrupt nation as we are a nation of gutless, spineless people who instead of fighting corruption side with the corrupt and try to make the best of the opportunity by earning whatever we can. Be it anything.Have you ever seen a place of accident and if you have seen some people robbing the injured victims of their belongings instead of providing them with much needed help, don’t hate them because this is what we all are but in a sophisticated and corrupt manner.
I wonder whether Mr Kapil Sibbal would ever read my blog post and take appropriate action against the erring officials?