To give an example, a gentleman was standing in a long queue at a Delhi
Railway Station counter for a ticket. He came to know that all tickets
would be exhausted for the train by the time his turn would come to
reach the counter. But to his good luck, there was a young boy who came
to him and told him that he could fetch a ticket for just an extra Rs 50
buck. The gentleman immediately and without any hesitation handed over
that Rs.50 and a little later got his ticket. The gentleman then
subsequently withdrew himself from the queue. So this gentleman became a
victim as well as a beneficiary. He was not in the position of authority
and power. But definitely his behaviour at this juncture was illegal. It
is because somebody else, who was ahead of him in the queue to get the
ticket, would have come back disappointed.
Be that as it may, had this gentleman have refused to accept the offer,
he would have been in trouble. He fought with himself and succumbed to
pressure from within. Thus his behaviour became illegal and he became
corrupt at that point of time. Most of us would argue, what he had done
in the circumstances was right. It is because we are accepting this
method as a way of life.
A campaigner colleague who is in Build India Group has once told his
clerk that he should not hesitate to cough up few hundred rupees for
getting photocopy of an order for his client and that he could not
afford to see harassment for his client to come to the court time and
again for just copy of an order. Most of our educated and wise people
would say there was nothing wrong in it. But have you ever thought how
it influences the thought and character of the pampered Babu?
There was a recent example. In Sambalpur in Orissa, a government servant
could not get his pension papers ready before his retirement. (It had
appeared in a newspaper about a 18 months ago) The official was honest
and not used to taking bribe. After retirement, he found the job more
difficult. The clerk concerned did not process his pension paper. Eight
years passed. The man became older. He had a stone developed in his
kidney. He had no money for the operation. And then he became mad and
this fact was brought to the notice of media by his ailing wife.
What is this? Is it any way less than terrorism? But the babu concerned
cannot understand and the babus, who justify giving and taking money for
small favours, cannot understand the colossal damage they are causing to
the teachings of the tradition.
This is actually white terrorism. If somebody is involved in corruption,
he cheats the whole country. He definitely deprives somebody of some
legal entitlement. This is anti-national.
Take for example the UTI scam in which several thousands of old people
had deposited their money with an expectation of high returns and their
entire money was lost. Many died in shocks, due to heart attack and many
suffered from blood pressure. We have seen many bridge collapse cases
due to use of poor material. We have seen many hardened criminals going
scot-free due to favour from police officers or even at times
magistrates at a price. The examples could be many.
We talk too much of corruption but we never hesitate to take out-
of-turn favours, howsoever; honest we may be in our day to day practice.
Let us peep into the primitive society when there would not have been
any regulation on sex. A father could have had intercourse with his
daughter and a brother with a sister. Today it sounds perverse and ugly.
How did it happen? Marriage came up as an institution making sexual
relation between husband and a wife sacrosanct while prohibiting the
same kind of sexual relationship among others as immoral. A stigma was
attached to sexual relationships between a male and a female other than
the one through marriage. Thus stigma worked with marriage coming up as
We have also attached stigma to crimes like rape or murder or even
terrorist activities. All these are illegal behaviour, and a civilized
man would not resort to such activity.
How does stigma develop? Stigma develops from societal contempt.
Societal contempt comes from puaranas, religious texts, dramas in which
a villain is either killed or punished or withered or judicial
pronouncements. We get societal contempt against terrorism in festivals
like Dusserah, Holi, Diwali, Janmastami etc. As a demon is killed,
people revel. This revelry is demonstration of contempt against
terrorism. This is called celebration of punishment.
Celebration of punishment carries with it the message of "DON'Ts".
Therefore we need to have a festival for unleashing societal contempt
against corruption and terrorism and at the same time loving our own
nation and protecting its interest at any cost.
This is what Build India Group propounds through a unique programme of
pledge festival to spread the message of “LOVE YOUR NATION, HATE
CORRUPTION AND DEFEAT TERRORISM”.
is the founder member and Principal Campaigner of BUILD INDIA GROUP
(BIG) that works for a better Nation Building.)