Some days back, I participated in a network discussion. The question was “What is the bigger problem for India, poverty or corruption.?”
My overall feeling after reading that thread is that as a civilization we might be old, but as a functioning society, we are immature. We are still talking about value based or ethics based approach to dealing with corruption. No one gets up in the morning thinking “I am going to do some corruption today”. Yet it happens.
It happens because there is fault in our systems. Our systems are not in sync with our needs and abilities. If a desk clerk, who has no chance of getting ahead in life anywhere else, has authority to hold or clear a big project then there is bound to be corruption. It’s not a problem of person (or persons) behaving right. It’s a institutional problem and must be treated as such.
Democracy has given lots of tools to us. How many of us have used them? Have we showed any positive activism (one where action happens)? No. We are constantly showing negative activism (bickering and criticizing).
Recently Government of India passed a landmark law that makes it easy for ordinary citizens to fight corruption. It is called the Right of Information act. A good website is here. (or simply google search right to information india law)
If you genuinely care about corruption then do something. There are no tools available to improve character of a person. But there are tools available to improve the system. Educating yourself about these tools might be a first step. Even a small action is better than hours and hours of discussion. You can do something. You are not as powerless as you think.
If not, then just accept that you are born to suffer and this is your destiny and stop talking.