Even today, Indian Administrative Service is considered to be the most coveted post and those who have achieved it are definitely the bright and the brilliant. They are, therefore, vested with powers, positions and treated with great awe and regard.
But the news items we read in recent times unfortunately make one change our views about these honorable citizens or intellectuals. They are frequently kept under scan, followed by the CBI and their houses and properties are raided. Shockingly, these government officials considered to be pillars of administration are found to be highly corrupt and amass wealth and properties disproportionate to their genuine income.
The IAS couple who have been caught with huge sums of currencies and some of the others who have been misusing their power and position for achieving their material comforts show that education, power and position can never satisfy an individual’s inherent greed or avarice.
These avaricious officials have brought dishonor and shame not only to themselves but also to those who hold such offices and most of all the citation they have got. Is this fair? This type of misdemeanor is not only witnessed in the administrative cadres but also in other fields like research and academic areas. Many professors indulge in malpractices or try to exploit their students who are working under them. Scientists either bluff useless discoveries with doctored papers and results as their scientific contributions. Showing them as their achievements, they climb the ladder of posts and waste the funds of the government and never feel ashamed about their intellectual frauds.
All these only prove that we have been living in a society where even the so called highly qualified or educated too are undependable, self centered and have no qualms in taking bribe, perpetuating scientific deceptions or in fooling the society. A civilized society is one where the common man and especially an educated man/woman should be socially conscious, responsible and be a role model for their family, friends, children and the future generation.
The unabashed raise in the deceit by these educated scams, police cases and scientific frauds in higher echelons of the society, a conscious citizen cannot but wonder whether this society can be called ‘developed’ or even ‘developing’ as everyone always prefers to claim.