Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is gearing up with a new outlook and a shift in their vision of functioning. From Punitive (implementing punitive measures after the misdeed is done/proven) to Preventive Vigilance, the latter approach envisages to put in place appropriate mechanisms at work places  to  kill the viper before it strikes, i.e., to plug in all those loopholes which provide the ubiquitous channels for the plague of corruption to spread within and around.

While human tendency is to look for and put a stop to all those external factors which visibly impair the sustenance of an ideal scheme of things, the crux of the quest perhaps lies in deep-searching inside the mazes of our inscrutable minds for a more permanent and deep-rooted  arrangement. When we talk of aborting the moves of corrupt forces at work, the reliance on sabotage by physical mechanics is only half the work done.

When my driver jumps the traffic signal or switches from one lane to the other on a busy road, on the pretext that it will save time, the thought which eggs such an action is to cross the finishing line before someone else does. When I pay a few pennies extra to install a new water meter at my residence, circumventing the elaborate official procedure, I am saving on that extra paper formalities and a few month’s wait that is required for the exercise to take its own routine course.

My next-door neighbour has that sly half-smile playing on his lips when he chants that “mainey karwa liya” phrase at the drop of a hat. He openly exhibits a sense of exhilaration and unattainable power that he enjoys by brazenly not complying to the laws of the land or flouting laid down rules and regulations.

My influential acquaintance, Mr. X, the pot-bellied seth, employs all the tricks in trade to impoverish the Government by a few crores by the end of every financial year. He humbly acknowledges that he has the capacity to hire professionals trained to do that.

In all these above instances, the underlying idea is the same. To reach faster where others have not or cannot by a shorter cut. Interestingly, it is perhaps the ingrained faculty of competitiveness in human nature that actually instigates recourse to such devious, roundabout and corrupt means to achieve the desired end,  in lesser time, shelling out at times more mullah and (mis)utilizing resources at disposal.

In my earlier post, the vendors would call upon the concerned employees with big baskets attractively gift wrapped  during Diwali.  Since, my aversion towards receiving such “additional benefits” was well-known, they would leave it on the doorstep (of my home) as they considered my non-acceptance an affront to their festival sentiments. At times, therefore, it is also difficult to disassociate  the aberration from the established social culture of a milieu. It is also a fact that living within a rotten system it is hard not to follow its regressive ‘traditon’.  But I say it is difficult but not an impossibility. And anything which is not easy merely needs an extra ounce of push, patience and perseverance. And of course! First and foremost, to unlearn the age-old practices before embarking on learning something new. That’s all.

Conforming to the truism that every action is preceded by a thought, the endemic infestation called corruption, that the law enforcing agencies of the Government are at arms against, thus, also germinates somewhere in the human cerebrum before taking imaginative forms penetrating the realms of physical functioning.

When the Netas raise a hue and cry over cleansing the extant systems, they forget that it is the people’s minds that need a good rub and brush to begin with. But doesn’t that also imply that they should on their own, once and for all, erase from their rule-books the covert mandate of brainwashing the polity, especially, in the name of the holy scriptures?

Corruption-free society is neither a misnomer nor a Utopian dream. It is just that we need cleaner, healthier, incorruptible minds to perpetuate a healthy, clean and in-corrupt systems. In these lines, therefore, it is much more imperative to figure out how to cure a corrupt mind of the disease first, in favour of a corruption-immune present and posterity, than to spring clean the arms and agencies of the Government of the virus which actually is just the outcome of the vicious working of a whole bunch of corruptly thinking minds. The second line of action would automatically follow suit once the initial exercise meets success.

At the individual level, I think the first step would be to halt and ask oneself  the following preliminary questions when the devil within clamours for attention:

Whether to choose the right or the easy path?

What are the pros and cons in taking the right path?

What are the pros and cons in taking the easy path?

What do we ultimately gain by doing it right?

What do we ultimately lose by doing it easy?

What do we actually put a premium on – the quick gains or the forever losses ?

I strongly believe that, somewhere during this Q&A session, we’ll see the light within directing us on the destined track….


About gc1963

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16 responses »

  1. Amit Agarwal says:

    Mind boggling food for thought! Amazing write!!


  2. Thought provoking article. We as a society have got habituated to doing things that are easy rather than those that are right. Take a long time to unlearn, but not impossible. Integrity, incorruptibility has to .trickle down from the top – leaders must lead by example.

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    • gc1963 says:

      Agree with you Nilanjanadi. Leaders should set examples and uphold a genuine ideology of truth and honesty which is not happening. When society is run by market forces values are the casualties.


  3. The easiest way is chosen by most of us, and, unfortunately most of the
    times, that is not the right one. 😦


  4. Bikramjit says:

    The thing is who decides what is right.. and what is wrong..


  5. Rakesh Pandey says:

    Very thought provoking! Corruption is a way of life. It’s going to be difficult for us too, who pay a 100 to the traffic constable to avoid the just fine. But, I guess, it’s a must. A bitter medicine.


  6. umashankar says:

    I know not where to begin, or if to begin at all.

    If you have ever read the works of Asimov, a visionary of a scale not lesser than Einstein and Edison, he has propounded the concept of Psychohistory (a fictional science which combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future behavior of very large groups of people) in his futuristic saga called Foundation series. Our investigative institutions need a faculty at least at par with that.

    As Karna, the redoubtable figure from Mahabharat, would say, “Parantu, paap ki paribhasha kya hai, Brahmin?”But how do you define sin, O seer? Where does it begin and where does it end? It reminds me of the structure of carbon-carbon bond that came to Kekule in his dream. When my bike died its legal death in the summer of its youth at fifteen having under ten thousand kilometers on the odometer, I was in Mumbai. It was supposed to be dispatched to Jaipur for inspection by the lords of the roads for granting it a second life of five years. The cost of transportation both ways in company of the cadaver two-wheeler and the number of days required to complete the formality was overwhelming to say the least. I instead opted for a tip that was naturally a fraction of the expense. If only that was the only tip I had paid!

    But most things are rotten in the state of Denmark. Having squandered the best years of life in a bank I have seen businessmen, professionals and industrialists of all hues paying less than one hundredth of the income tax due to them by concocting the accounts. It is assumed the poor will never repay their loans (with grim fallout on the officials granting them loan). It is established the rich will never pay their dues to the state (with grim fallout on the officials granting them loan). It follows then that both rich and poor will never pay tax. There will always be gargantuan welfare schemes at the cost of the residual tax payers consisting mostly of salaried class, and those unable to mask their inflows intentionally or otherwise, to the poor and rich alike. The projects, infrastructure and industries keep dying as the promoters keep siphoning away the funds into real estate if not tax havens abroad. Dying big business and industries need grants from the state. The poor need MNREGA.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you when you say it all boils down to ‘competition’, a faculty hard-coded in our genes. But for that, we might have followed the dinosaurs. Doesn’t that explain what ISIS is doing in the middle east and plans to do that everywhere else?. Getting rich and powerful, and superior as a consequence, at all costs is the key. Which brings to mind whether humans, as defined by Indians, are fit for democracy. The venomous crop of politicians thriving in this nation is a grim reminder.

    The big question that hogs my conscience then is whether I should do the same to my car that completes fifteen years next year? Or else, should I take leave for a fortnight or so and return to the state of its origin to have it granted a fresh leas of life? Remember, about a half month’s pay that I might lose in the process can buy food for my family for months.

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  7. Vimala Ramu says:

    A thoughtful treatise.

    Liked by 1 person

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