I belong to India and since I have been born and brought up here for 30 years, and given the Right to Speech being a citizen of this country, I will voice my angst whenever my country gets gang-raped by her own citizens.
The Common Wealth Games is due in fewer than 60 days and guess what- we are getting to know the corruption rearing its ugly head once more. I have been following the national news channels pretty closely and the debates that have taken place following the disclosure of rampant corruption level the sporting event has relegated to.
Should We Have Hosted Such A Big Event?
This is quite a pertinent question. In one of the discussions on National News Channel, Mani Shankar Iyer objected the very necessity of holding such big events. His logics were loud and clear:
1 – India’s sports infrastructure is not equipped with International standards to hold such big events. The then government and their officials, who vied for hosting CWG in India a few years ago, did not care about India readiness to host such events. They spent millions of dollars to secure votes from other country members so that India could win the bid to host CWG. This is ridiculous in the first place!
How can you throw away my money out of the window to save your pseudo-national pride?
My tax money merits better treatments – please use my tax money for millions Indian citizens in the BPL bracket who are fighting for their basic needs!
2 – If you have a penchant for holding such big events to offer a fillip to Indian sports (which I suspect isn’t true), use my money to train sports people and for achieving better infrastructures at the grass root level. Use my money to encourage thousands of those budding talents before they give up their dreams due to lack of government attentions!
Why Would I Care?
I hate delving into the details of the CWG corruption. That’s for you to find out if you really care your tax money, genius!
All I can say, we live in a country where corruption is rampant to such an extent that we don’t mind waking up to it daily, seeing corruption stooping by another notch below.
If you’re still looking for an example of what I just said above, here is your daily corruption dose straight from TOI’s Sanp Judgment:
It comes as a shock that army jawans have to make do with substandard rations, as a CAG report finds. Three lakh soldiers under the Northern Command were fed rations that were six to 28 months past their consume-by date. A serious overhaul of the procurement process to ensure quality is needed. Fresh food is the bare minimum that those who risk their lives to defend the country can expect.
What Can I Do?
A lot, actually! Corruption breeds in our very mind when we become selfish and help it grow gradually. We don’t mind, for instance, feeding those government officials that have grown hungry to eat a pie of our hard-earned money to perform their basic duties and do jobs for their salary.
If you really care for your tax money, you must stand against the illegitimate demands of the corrupt officials of the Indian beaurocracy to begin with.
But corruption doesn’t begin or end with Indian beaurocracy alone. The next time you wake up finding someone robbing you off your hard-earned money, get straight with them!