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Being a part of corruption: personal experience
The question of corruption is addressed everyday due to the likes of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare. Corruption can be removed from the society little by little through different kinds of ways.
THE WHOLE of India is fighting against corruption in the system and the issues related to black money. From the core of my heart I support the voices against these imperative issues.

I would like to narrate an incident happened with me. Later, I realized that it wasn’t good on my part and that the system is responsible for that. On the evening Sunday, June 5, between 9:00 9:15 pm, when I was returning back to home from Crossword, I was so calm in my mind (as this happens every time when I get in touch with books). I was riding my bike at just 25-30 kmph when the traffic lights turned yellow as soon as I took a right turn from the main road. The local traffic police person stopped me and asked me to park my bike on the side of the road. I did it as I know that I had breached the traffic signal rules.

As usual, he asked me for the driving license and registration papers and some more documents. I showed him the license but it was the photocopy of the original one, as normally I don’t keep the originals with me because the time required and process of getting a new original copy, if lost, of the license, is so tedious in this country that it's better not to lose the original one.

The cop was asking for the original one and registration papers, which I didn’t have at that moment, and he came up with the amount of Rs. 800 against breaching the rule and not having the papers with me. He was right on his part as per the government rules, but any middle class person would take a back step in paying such a heavy amount for a small mistake. So after a long discussion where I tried convincing him that I accept the mistake I committed, and I will try not to repeat it again. It wasn’t a major one etc., etc., but he didn’t listen to it at all. He was asking me about my job and my father’s job, and I could sense at the back of his mind he is thinking about getting a bribe from me, and he was judging my pocket level - as the next moment he asked me to give Rs. 100 and go.

Any middle-class man with a common sense will go for giving Rs 100 instead of giving 800 for that, although it’s a wrong activity but many people go for this as Rs. 800 is such a big amount to lose from a small pocket. I did it but later I realized that I have become part of the corruption, and contributed to black money - on a small level.

I gave it a deep thought during rest of my ride back to home. Questions such as why the government is charging such a big amount as a penalty for this; what if they reduce this to some Rs 50-70 (or an amount which a middle class man’s pocket can afford) from Rs 800. Is it about making people realize about the breach of the law or is it about sucking the pockets of these people? I myself was convinced with the idea for reducing the penalty amount as it may not allow people to bribe these people and becoming a part of the corruption and giving raise to the black money, although I am not 100 per cent sure that reducing the amount will completely take out corruption from this part system but I am pretty sure that it will bring down the level. It will also benefit the government that the money will go into government’s funds rather than going into personal pockets.

There can be various ways to sort out and remove corruption from each and every part of the system. Coming up with the solutions for the problem is better than showing anger for the problem. I request every single person to come up with solutions for eliminating corruption, and informing the right people in the system.
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