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Corruption is a tough nut to crack in India
Corruption is a social malaise but it is strange that the society is comfortable with it. Tamil Nadu is one of the states where people are showered with largesse for no good reason but to buy votes.
CORRUPTION IS not easy to fight especially when you have been turning a blind eye towards it for a considerably longer period of time. The ongoing tussle between DMK and Congress is a direct result of the Congress’ not toeing DMK’s line on A Raja. This has least to do with the seat sharing where Congress would have yielded at any point of time. DMK dominates the alliance with Congress in the state hence it is tried to bargain from a relatively stronger position. They chose an indirect way to express their unhappiness over Raja issue as they know that another tainted Congressman Kalmadi is roaming freely.

Corruption is a social malaise but strangely the society is comfortable with it. Tamil Nadu is one of the states where people are showered with largess for no good reason. People are given grains at a rupee a kilo, television sets being gifted to the voters. The election commission had to intervene to stop the DMK from distributing television sets. Where was the prime minister’s logic of ‘incentive to produce’ when the question of distributing free grains to the poor was put to him? It seems his logic is one of convenience rather than of wisdom that is why Congress never stopped any regional party anywhere in India from making a mockery of the PM’s logic. A rupee a kilo scheme is like a bribe being paid to an illiterate, who constitute the mass. This is one of the starting points of corruption as it steers the corrupt towards power, cements their place in the region. They just need to keep on blowing away tax payers’ money to finance their agenda.

There is no consensus among political parties on the issue of corruption. Each has its own definition and own prism to look at it and hence everybody pleads innocence. Corruption sometimes is born out of necessity as evident by the horse trading to form or save the government. Sometimes it is born out of compulsion like the alleged bribery of MPs during Narsimha Rao’s tenure. Sometimes it is born out of the collective will of the like minds as in the case of fodder scam, adarsh housing scam, kickbacks, etc, etc. Political alliance is a result of all the above factors combined. No sooner the DMK announced the resignation of its ministers from the cabinet Mulayam projected himself as UPA's saviour. What would have been the nature of the alliance if the DMK ministers would have resigned? This is not a rocket science and everybody knows the nature and trajectory of the alliance.

Morality or immorality is not an issue among political class. These are left to the law abiding citizens of the country or those accused of petty crimes. Corruption has made India a country where punishing helpless and disempowered is very much in fashion. This is the hallmark of high and mighty and people do want to remain in fashion. The more we think about rooting out corruption more we find ourselves entangled in. The quashing of CVC’s appointment is fresh example how things were twisted to make somebody suitable for a post. Manipulation of this kind is more than enough to scuttle any investigation and its ripple effect can cause the collapse of the whole system. We do not need a consensus to decide what is corrupt and what is not as guidelines in detail is available under various sections of the law and we have enough law to take care of the cases of corruption. We lack the sincerity in implementing the law to the letter. We need to resolve to keep ourselves above greed, to implement the law and bring the culprit to book. We need to resolve to bring institutional changes to make our system function efficiently.

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