Indian politicians and their so called affiliates grieve me deeply. These days, when I open a newspaper to read or a news channels to catch up on the latest, all I hear is scams. Scams, scams and scams! A scam here and a scam there. Everything seems to be a scam. The entire system seems to be flawed.
I will remember 2010 in India as the year of scams. There was huge scam in Common Wealth Games 2010. There was telecommunication license scam. Then came the Adarsh society scam. Oh, I forgot to mention the IPL controversy. The list continues. Recently another loan scam was grounded by the CBI.
It is rather difficult to chose the biggest and I am also not interested in that, but this has adversely affected the image of the government; it has loosened people’s faith in the governance and the possibility or hope of good governance.
India was once an ancient, culturally rich and diverse, spiritually accomplished and materially prosperous civilization. It survived for millennia. India survived invasions of Alexander the Great, The Moguls, The British Empire and many more in between. But I doubt if the present day India is capable of surviving widespread corruption which is internal.
I would like collect some imagery, some thoughts and videos that capture my feelings.
Here is a quote related to the results of moral degradation of a society. Before the start of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, a great quote from Will Durant appears. It says “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” I couldn’t agree with him more.
Although the contexts are different, I have to say that I identify with this statement.
In a more Indian and modern context a song from Hindi Movie Rann, directed by Ram Gopal Verma, somewhat captures the essence of the present situation. The title of the song is “Sikko ki bhook” in Hindi which means “hunger for money”.
The question is, will justice be delivered? Because, with the present level of corruption, I don’t think India can aspire to set example before the world, as a rising economic, political or military super power.
Nail the corrupt, save India.