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Friday, January 7, 2011

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is most corrupt of them all?

Think corruption and the first thing that comes to mind is the Indian politician. Corruption is a very integral ingredient of Indian politics, a fact I was aware since grade 2. My definition of a politician hasn’t changed much since then: they were (and are) really good and successful crooks, who excelled in the art of treachery and made enough money and contacts, to keep them out of jail and trouble.

The hue and cry over a minister being corrupt is all humbug. It’s actually amusing to see the astonishment and shock portrayed by the media, the opposition party and everybody else except one group. The one to complain should be the taxpaying common man, whose money is being stacked, year after year, in some bank, with pretty girls at the reception desk, in Switzerland. Then why is he quiet?

The common Indian man has learnt to insulate himself from such news reports because there is no good coming over losing your temper over a “petty” issue such as this. He knows that a politician is to corruption as a Tamilian is to sambar  or as a Gujrati is to dhokla. It’s bloody common sense man!

Be the change you want to see.

The Indian man is happy with his life, his new shiny 2 wheeler, a small house, his plump wife and children, rinku n pinku and their pet Pomeranian Ram Charan Singh. 

However, he would love to have better roads to ride his 2 wheeler, have electricity throughout the day so that his children can study and his wife can watch her favourite soap 3 times a day including repeats. However, he doesn’t think much about it because one gets what is in their “fate”.

In the name of “fate”, the common man has learned to ignore and accept the atrocities of our “leaders” and carry on with their lives. Why? Ask yourself the question, why?

Be the change you want to see.

Time and again, we have observed the victory of evil and powerful, over the good and weak. We live in a democracy of hypocrisy. It’s true that India is a people’s country, a few particular people. We have given up the fight, if ever there was a fight. Giving up is the most pragmatic solution. Giving up is the right thing to do for a common man. The ones who fight and often perish are foolish people, way too emotional for the real world.

Be the change you want to see.

Politicians are bickering on who is more corrupt of the two. Media, news, movies, sports, government and every other business which generates revenue is run by powerful PR professionals for their rich, influential clients. Journalists are being bought, scam after scam unfolds day in and day out but life has to go on. Why shouldn’t the clerk outside every government office still want his chai paani (petty bribe)? In all probability, he might have paid somebody off to get the job in the first place. He needs to get a return on investment. It’s bloody common sense man!  

Be the change you want to see.


Where is this post of mine going? I have no clue. I have no solution and I don’t even know the depth of the problem. But I can feel an anger burgeoning within me. I can feel myself turning into one of these pragmatists, beginning to accept the filth, feel helpless and blame it on “fate”. NO! I will not let this happen to me. I would prefer to be foolish, optimistic and with a belief that things will get better.

I want to see justice, see good, feel trust and live a clean life.




I am being the change I want to see, are you?

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22 comments:

mink said...

the best things i liked about this post are the picture sources.nicely chosen haha.baaki sab kuch was COMMON SENSE MAN! :D

gayatri said...

likd evrytn abt tis... da title gvn, da apt pics n fcrse da content :)its smtin whch i do tink n ten chuck as u mentnd.. ur blog kindled da teeny weeny hpe of cin tins in a betr posture :D :P beautifuly wrtn as alwz :)

TinTo said...

dude!!! sarcasm + humor is ur birth right... and any thoughts abt submitting this to the editorial, Hindu??? if not, give it a thought!!!

ABI said...

bum... THE HINDU!! pakka..
but ya,, i don want u 2 get hammered either.. :P watevr,,,but goooood work :D not revolting but rebellious.. :P and i ll surely try 2 do my bit :D promise

Dilip said...

Kudos Ashish..!!Well finally you have written some thing very near to my interest.

No offence but to be the change you need to revolt against the system which is again you only..you are the one who offer chai paani to the clerks coz you dont want any trouble with your work...government is corrupt coz we want things to go our way..the day every bourgeois will understand their resposibilties we dont need to worry about corruption...We cant blame the whole government itself coz its also a system generated system by all of us.

I appreciate the way you've put humour to this post..
keep writing..:)

Mohit said...

very well written. apt visualization of the scenario. the pictures in this blog say for themselves. seriously we all have to be the change.

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Mayank --- Absolutely :D
@Gayatri --- I'm glad you liked it...finally managed to get a comment out of you ;)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@TinTo--- WOW!!! That's flattering man...you really think it deserves a place in the Hindu? Well what the hell...let me just try my luck :) thanks man

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Abi--- thank you :D It doesn't really matter if I'm turned down...I'm not going to stop anyway :)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Dilip--- thank you so much :) I absolutely agree with you. That's why I kept emphasizing on "being the change you want to see" :)

@Mohit bhai--- thank you so much bro...we need leaders like you :D

Purba said...

Impotent rage is all we can express. What can we do? Refuse to bribe...Question....Vote responsibly...And be a part of the system to bring about the change we want to see.

And we can always start from our small neighbourhood :)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Purba --- totally second your views...that's the way to go :)
Cheers to that.

Srujana.C said...

you write so well....!!
sorry this is a totally different comment, when the discussion here is something else, but, u might want to consider another career apart from whatever you are doing :) Write Books!!! and we will read! :)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Srujana--- WOW!! That is super flattering...I would be lying if I say that the thought of it hasn't crossed my head. Really sweet of you. Thank you...you get a free copy if ever write a book ;) :D

Harshad Sonaje said...

I don't understand how corruption got into the nerve of Indian bureaucracy. Is this why we got independence from Britishers. We got independence from British rulers but not from the laws they created for us...

Ashish Kalsi said...

Absolutely no idea. It's like a cancer and the only way to cure it is to remove the tumor. Something radical needs to be done asap before its too late.

Varshaa said...

Scintillating!!

Varshaa said...

Scintillating!!

Harshad Sonaje said...

I don't understand how corruption got into the nerve of Indian bureaucracy. Is this why we got independence from Britishers. We got independence from British rulers but not from the laws they created for us...

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Abi--- thank you :D It doesn't really matter if I'm turned down...I'm not going to stop anyway :)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Mayank --- Absolutely :D
@Gayatri --- I'm glad you liked it...finally managed to get a comment out of you ;)

Mayank ojha said...

Black money bring out and spent it among the poor .the men who hide the black money also share among the Indian Public to hate them