Whenever I watched Hindi movies where the pot bellied corrupt politician was one of the villian I quite unconsciously thought "Yes, these are the guys responsible for the present state of affairs - dishonest, corrupt politicians". But think about it. Are you sure? saying that gives us the license to passively accept things the way they are and move on continuing with the blame game. Lets have a peek into our own lives and our own minds. Lets first search for the seed of corruption in our own self otherwise how would it manifest in society. If you can see it around its because its in you!

A few days back someone told me about how his Indian friend finds it difficult to buy the bus ticket here in Scandinavia. For more than a month now I have been traveling in local buses, trams and trains and not a single time the ticket has been checked. Since there is also no conductor it seems that this guy gets tempted to save money being quite assured that for a few days he is here, he will not be checked.In fact he feels quite pointless buying a ticket when you know that its not going to be checked.

Dont you think in this very mentality lies the seed of corruption. Because when he does that he travels and someone else pays for it. Is nt that what we call corruption? But he is thrilled and I am sure He would go back and proudly tell his friends about his extraordinary smartness and they would be thrilled too.

If the seed is in us waiting to sprout, all that it needs is an opportunity and look how it clings on and thrives at the slightest opportunity. Lets leave alone the politicians and stop this blame game because they are anyway a part of the same society. We elect them and that is why its we who need to take responsibility.


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    Rintu said...

    True Indeed. Hard hitting. I completely agree with you on this. It is the Indian mentality that has to change for the society to change for the better - and that includes me. But I believe that it wouldn't be fair to single Indians out (though I agree we should worry about our own society first before pointing fingers at others). I think it is pretty much the case with developing and under-developed nations - because of the economic disparity possibly.

  1. ... on October 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM  
  2. bhaw said...

    Yes bhaiya, true.
    A very thought provoking post. I love reading what you have to share , the most.
    It presents such basic, simple knowledge and so simply and also imparts in me the confidence to believe follow them and believe in myself
    Please write more often :)

  3. ... on October 26, 2008 at 6:03 PM  
  4. Vijay said...

    Itz very true. We are as culpable when we take the easier route of choosing comfort over the rite (seemingly hard) path when we look to bribe/indulge in short-cuts

  5. ... on October 26, 2008 at 8:41 PM  
  6. Shruti Poojari said...

    very true bhaiya...this is actually what v do....
    " stop this blame game ".....beautifully said..
    jgd bhaiya

  7. ... on October 26, 2008 at 9:44 PM  
  8. Vinod Patil said...

    Blaming corrupted people is foolishness. We must act on it.Every single person should no must do voting. Most youngsters ignore it.
    and definitely to change from within is important for everyone. Guruji also have told that everyone should do voting.

    Jai Gurudev

  9. ... on October 27, 2008 at 12:15 PM  
  10. Anonymous said...

    "If you can see it around its because its in you!"
    ... struck really hard!!.... :)

  11. ... on October 27, 2008 at 2:58 PM  
  12. Bhanuja said...

    Yea right! I will also burn all those seeds in me here and now itself.

  13. ... on October 27, 2008 at 11:09 PM  
  14. Random Reflections said...

    true - we make the world we live in .

  15. ... on October 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM  
  16. Now what?????????? said...

    Happy Diwali :)

  17. ... on October 28, 2008 at 1:52 PM  
  18. Jeet Bookseller said...

    Definately true...
    I'll make sure from today... I dont support it...

    HAPPY DIWALI bhaiya....

  19. ... on October 29, 2008 at 8:14 PM  
  20. gauri said...

    that was a wonderful insight into the mind of any one of us. its so true the way we think and then in discussions blame others for what is happening around us... thank you for bringing this to our notice.... its making me more aware of myself and my thoughts and actions....

  21. ... on October 29, 2008 at 9:20 PM  
  22. Anonymous said...

    corruption is a 'clap'indeed.only when there are two hands involved ,the sound is being produced..lets be not part of the clap..clean from inside!jai gurudeva!

  23. ... on October 30, 2008 at 9:18 PM  
  24. hemant said...

    hi.. bhaiya,good thoughts, if every indian (specially youths)start thinking on the same lines,and start taking responsibility ,art of living teachers can go on holiday :-),and this can be very good point for intro talk as well.ALL THE VERY BEST FOR YOUR ENDEAVOURS.

  25. ... on November 4, 2008 at 10:26 PM  
  26. Abhay Karnataki said...

    Sure. Bawa also said once, that stop corruption at your own stage first.

    I have given 200/- to save bigger fine on road, just because I was not carrying necessary documents. I had, but at home.
    I had to give 200/- to a police, as otherwise he won't take my mobile loss complaint.

    And on other hand, I saved 100/- by not giving it to a guy who taught me 4wheeler driving.

    I heard lot of black money goes in purchase of flats. I don't know how I am going to avoid giving it, don't buy a house?

  27. ... on November 5, 2008 at 10:11 PM  
  28. Abhay Karnataki said...

    Is corruption truly there!? In the sense, its money transaction without receipt. Now if both parties agree to have that transaction, then its just their personal deal.
    only to a third person who is interested in accounting, does it matter.
    and of course, if it is by force, then it matters.

    How do these colleges manage to take handsome donations publicly and give admissions. Isn't that also corruption.

  29. ... on November 5, 2008 at 10:13 PM