State of the Nation – Part 3

So, it is a difficult situation we find ourselves in. There are still many who care about the future, and who do not want British Raj 2.0 to continue. Change is always brought about by a few – an ordinary few who are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to do something they believe in.

25 years ago, India went through a similar sort of change on the same issue – corruption. VP Singh resigned from the Rajiv Gandhi government, launched a crusade on the single issue of corruption, got together the anti-Congress, left and right forces, and went on to become PM by 1989. The same Congress led by Rajiv Gandhi who in 1984 had got over 400 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha ended up with less than 200 in 1989.

Of course, corruption did not end with the election of 1989. If anything, it has become more brazen and multiplied in magnitude. The corrupt have also got smarter. Even as we talk about Swiss bank accounts, it will be most surprising if we find a single name in there from the people we know and who rank amongst the most corrupt. Only the naïve can expect that we will actually be able to corner to taint the corrupt.

Continued tomorrow.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.