Are we ready to get rid of corruption?


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Every Indian who wants India to prosper and become a successful nation feels that getting rid of corruption is the only solution for that. Of course I agree but are we ready to get rid of corruption? Do we understand what a corrupt free India will be like? There is an old saying that if you point a finger at somebody remember that the rest of the fingers of your hand are pointing towards you. This is a blog for those people who point fingers at others and don’t realise that the rest of the fingers are pointing towards them.

So what does Corruption mean? These are some of the definitions which I found on the web

1.      Lack of integrity or honesty, use of a position of trust for dishonest gain

2.      Inducement by improper means to violate duty

3.      The process of decay

My blog is focussed on the 3rd definition, we as a culture are so used to corruption that we don’t realise that our culture, attitude is in the process of decay.

Now, let’s look at some of the day to day examples which we will come across in a corrupt free India.

1.      We have to pay the right amount of tax, be honest with our taxes, if we don’t the hand of law is much bigger, so we will be penalised for it.

2.      Imagine this scenario, rich kid drives dad’s car without a license, kills somebody on the road, walks away from it and the dad finds a poor man and makes him to take the blame and the son walks free. In a corrupt free India this kid will have to be prosecuted. This story is about Chris Huhne an MP in the UK who was sent to jail, it’s an interesting read

3.      You cannot drink and drive, you have to take a taxi home or arrange a friend (who has not had any alcohol) to drop you back home. This applies for all the road traffic offenses like not wearing a helmet, not wearing a seat belt, driving whilst talking on a mobile phone and most importantly have to give a proper test to get a driving license etc.

4.      You cannot drive an unlicensed auto or taxi

5.      You cannot bribe a customs officer and bring things into the country for which you should have paid customs duty.

6.      You cannot get a fake medical/sickness certificate

7.      You cannot get false reports on investigations, forensics, autopsy reports

8.      You cannot get a loan if you are not eligible for 1 even if your bank manager is your blood relative

9.      You cannot jump queues or cut corners because you know a politician or an influential person. This applies to influential persons as well just because you are in power doesn’t mean that you get priority. This is very commonly seen in our temples where celebrities and people of power have a special line for themselves.

10.   You fail to pay a bill you have to pay the specified penalty and not get away by bribing the officer.

11.   Your kid who is not good at studies can’t get a seat in a good school/college through a recommendation from a politician, they have to sit through the exams and get admitted in school/college if they are successful.

12.   Public officials have to work their standard hours of work and have to be doing official work when at work. They will also have to complete work at the stipulated time.

13.   Can’t use government vehicle for personal reasons

14.   Hospital staff can’t sell medicines to Local pharmacies at a cheaper price and you can’t buy cheaper medications which should have been given to the poor people.

15.   All government employees will be accountable for their work and if they don’t the organisation is responsible for it including handling people’s complaints.

16.   Can’t smuggle government supplies ranging from a simple pen to building materials for personal use.

17.   Street shops should be only in legitimate places and can’t bribe the police and get away from it.

18.   MP’s either Lok sabha or Rajya Sabha would have to attend parliament and cannot get away with poor attendance.

19.   Businesses have to comply with health and safety regulations which would automatically reduce their profit.

20.   Judiciary cannot be bribed to get favourable verdicts.

21.   Politicians who are corrupt and convicted will not get special treatment and celebrities will not be able to openly support a corrupted politician blaming political vendetta.

22.   You can’t have black money in real estate transactions.

23.   Politicians or celebrities can’t set up properties or companies in your name (no benami names)

24.   Common man will not get money, alcohol, biryani during election time. Election funding will have to be made public.

25.   There won’t be cheap labour in India as everybody in the system will have a minimum wage and they have to pay tax and will get all employee rights as any other job.

26.   Consumers will have better consumer rights and if you sell faulty stuff you are accountable for it.

This is just a simple snapshot of our day to day lives in a corrupt free world.  “You” in this blog refers to the common man who is against corruption and is part of corruption. I know that every common man would like to live in a corrupt free world but they have to realise that they are part of the corruption and their attitudes and culture has to change if they want to get rid of corruption.

So we need to ask the question again – Are we ready to get rid of corruption? May be the answer makes more sense this time.

It starts here…


It starts Here




Hi all,

This is the first post on my blogging website. So I would like to start by introducing myself a little bit and the purpose of this blogging site.

I am an Indian living in the UK for over 10 years now. I work and live in the UK and that forms the very essence of starting this blogging site. I have always appreciated the good things in both the countries and shaped myself taking those positive things from both the cultures. I think we are swift in learning fashion, movies, technology etc from the western world but what about administration, governance, infrastructure and other basic systems which makes Europe and America as the world’s developed countries. So my focus will be on India learning from the UK and other countries than the other way around.

India is 1 of the developing countries in the world which is growing at a rapid pace. Have we all heard this before? How long has India been a developing country? When I did my schooling 20 years before I was taught that India is a developing country and even today we are a developing country. So would it be better to set ourselves a target that by 2050 India will be a developed country.

That brings the question of why 2050? India at the moment is in a highly infuriated or volatile state, people are desperate for a change but with very little patience. The AAP effect has given hope to a lot of people and I am 1 amongst those people who has the hope that we will become a developed country 1 day. But change takes a lot of time and it has to be done systematically.

Aren’t we expecting too much too soon? Think about the AAP in general terms like getting a new job. When you are given a new job you get a probationary period where you are given a chance to settle down and prove yourself, add to that a place where there are no systems in place or an existing system which is reluctant to change it becomes really complicated and it will take a long time to bring about change.

So we need to be patient and I think for us to be a developed nation in 2050 we need not just a political change but also a cultural change. It will take 20 years at the least for this change and add another 15 years for the next generation to grow into that changed world. So by 2050 we can hope that India will be a developed nation.

In my next few posts I will be writing about various topics, some of them might be current issues and some longstanding issues in our country and try at my best to open up a discussion with the blog and give examples of good practice from the UK and any other country which has a better system.

I will try not to be political in my views and all the views expressed in the blog will be my personal views a lot of which will be based on research from the amazing World Wide Web

I want to finish this post by quoting Mr Mandela’s words who the world lost in 2013. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion, People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love, for love comes to the human heart more naturally than its opposite.”

Love all and have a happy peaceful week.

Happy reading