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….