Corruption is a cancer that eats away at the fabric of a society. That has what has happened in India through the years since Independence. We let our standards drop. It must have started slowly – like a frog being boiled. Those in power condoned the first actions of the corrupt, thus lowering the bar and sending a signal that it was okay to be a little corrupt. Over time, the bar kept dropping and we kept doing nothing about it. In fact, we voted the folks back into power. That helped legitimise corruption. Re-election is like salvation — it helps make right all the wrongs one did in the previous term.
Through the years, this corruption has spread from government (politicians and the bureaucracy) to even some large organisations who have people with the power to influence.
A friend remarked to me that Corruption in India has now become a non-issue because everyone is corrupt. So, it has become socially acceptable. And people in Middle India sit by and watch their hard earnings looted away. We think we are alone and we cannot do anything.
But one person did manage to change things in his state – without being corrupt.
Narendra Modi’s Gujarat is a shining example of a state that has put integrity and development above everything else. And this is not just me saying it. During my travels in recent times, when I speak to people, they all unanimously hail what he has done for the state. “If only we could get Modi to run the country for 5 years….” is the common refrain.
There are probably many honest politicians, MPs, Ministers and Chief Ministers. But none symbolises honesty and results on the ground more than Modi. He has won a resounding victory recently across elections at the municipal and panchayat elections – the numbers are a revelation in the bipolar politics of the state.
India needs people like Modi to make it to the top, and then start the process of cleansing the system. It has to start at the top. Manmohan Singh could have done it, but he chose to look the other way. We cannot let another generation of politicians eat away at our society. The money that is looted away can fast-track every development project in India and deliver results in five years – bringing about the change we want and need between two elections.