I was having a conversation late one night with a few friends and relatives, whom I was meeting after a long time. Inevitably, the topic shifted to politics. One topic that kept coming up was that of corruption – at the high levels and at the low levels. Its pervasiveness has now become so deep and wide that we accept it as part of the operating environment. We are no longer jolted out when we hear stories of corruption.
It was not like this once. It should not have been like this. It need not be like this for the future.
Before we get to that, I want to share some of the stories – big and small. For obvious reasons, I will not put the names – just how it operates. All political parties are guilty of this crime. And every person gets away with it. Over time, the system is such that the honest people are almost weeded out of the system.