Awareness needed to root out corruption
This refers to your article “Fighting corruption through awareness” (November 4). One would find that our country is not any more or less corrupt than any other society. But we are certainly more hypocritical. I would like to point out that if corrupt practices become the way of life, society degenerates and political stability is endangered. One would find that our society has become extremely corrupt and we cannot hope to wipe out corruption completely but we can at least minimise it.
Today the need of the hour is that the citizens must be better informed about their rights so the officials cannot pretend to have powers they do not possess. We all have seen that once the evil of corruption is born, it grows very fast in every field. At one time it was said that a corrupt society cannot survive long, but even this belief has proved a myth. The loud talks of anti-corruption measures, stringent laws and deterrent sentences have no meaning. The philosophy of corruption interesting. So long as there are people to offer bribe, there are also people to take it, directly or indirectly. One would find that people accept bribes under the table, then come out to raise anti-corruption slogans at the top of their voice and urge others to be honest and pure. Thus when a people in power indulge, in corruption so unabashedly, the common man gets a kind of sanction. I would only say that we should be honest and our conduct and character should be of distinguishing mark, if this is done, then it is not difficult to end corruption at the levels of life. But, I fail to understand, Can we do this?
Vinod C. Dixit