Dandy March II
With increasing cases of corruption and scams that we read in newspapers daily, everyone talks about corruption and the so-called remedies to end corruption. The latest effort is by a group of NRIs in the USA, who propose to undertake a 240 mile Dandi march, on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous Dandi March, as part of our freedom struggle. This march, named Dandi March II will be held during the same days, viz, March 12 to 26″. The first Dandi March was, relating to imposition of tax on salt by the British, and could thus be described ‘simply salted’,while the present Dandi March II could be called a ‘mirch masala’ one, since the theme here is a more burning one.
What would come out of this will be anybody’s guess. In any case, it is doubtful if this could ultimately turn Into a dandia dancing march. Another important point here is that such a march will only spread bad news about our country to the outside world and India’s rating in the eyes of the world will further deteriorate.
Ending corruption altogether is perhaps a futile exercise, as can be seen from the new revelations coming up each time. Why I am saying this is because, according to Mr. N. Vittal, (while commenting on one of my articles) ‘ corruption has become a rival to God, he is every where, but you can never catch him. Ditto for corruption’.’ How true! To me it could be easier for one to hunt for God and succeed in the effort to ‘catch HIM”, perhaps as easy as breaking open a pillar!
The pessimism also stems from the following. The Government had admitted deficit in governance, deficit in ethics and cited the compulsions of coalition politics for it’s failure on several fronts. Even assuming that it succeeds in catching the culprits, with it’s inherent weakness, it will keep delaying action to punish the guilty.
The NRI group had estimated the amount stashed away in foreign banks as close to $1trillion. This is really shocking. This is equivalent to crucification of India, that is Bharat. But the Government does not seem even slightly concerned. Should not the Government wake up and act in terms of whatever can be done best.The Government, in it’s own humble and nice way may, perhaps only say: ”Lord, forgive them, for they know not what they do, and forgive us for even we do not know what to do’!