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It is also a fact that the corruption is omnipresent not because of the politicians alone. The bureaucrats and the educated without qualms indulge in any sort of malpractices. We can argue that the whole world is like that and since the population in India is more we could feel the magnitude of it significantly.

But that argument is hardly convincing. The country which is considered to be a land of philosophy degenerating into corruption for material benefits and countries which promote existential principles favor corruption and amazing wealth carry a large difference. Indians preach philosophy and practice hypocrisy. So at least let us follow the western world in accepting our weaknesses and greed for pelf.

The major problem for Indian community for being corrupt is their utter selfishness and love for their family and progenies. In no other country the people suffer with such a type of family connections and feeling that their entire generations to be happy with the money kept in store well in advance. This is evident in the activities of the film stars, politicians, doctors and other professionals trying to bring their children into the same field by hook or by crook. We never care for their individuality or interest.

We consider it is the responsibility of the parents to keep wealth for the entire generations so that they live happily. This directly dictates everyone to earn wealth and hoard them. God said ‘Wherever there is a failure of Dharma I will born to establish Dharma’. I am sure that must be the statement exclusively for the Indian Nation. What is exactly the meaning of ‘dharma’ and where is ‘dharma’ today? We have reached a stage that even if God himself comes down to Indian soil he will be defeated in his efforts to establish Dharma as ‘Adharma’ has become so prevalent in our country.  

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Comment Production of Space.
Most of the communities in India (such as Bengali), are succumbed in 'Culture of Poverty'(a theory introduced by an American anthropologist Oscar Lewis), irrespective of class or economic strata, lives in pavement or apartment. Nobody is at all ashamed of the deep-rooted corruption, decaying general quality of life, worst Politico-administrative system, weak mother language, continuous absorption of common space (mental as well as physical, both). We are becoming fathers & mothers only by self-procreation, mindlessly & blindfold. Simply depriving their(the children) fundamental rights of a decent, caring society, fearless & dignified living. Do not ever look for any other positive alternative behaviour (values) to perform human way of parenthood, i.e. deliberately co-parenting of those children those are born out of ignorance, real poverty. All of us are being driven only by the very animal instinct. If the Bengali people ever be able to bring that genuine freedom (from vicious cycle of 'poverty') in their own life/attitude, involve themselves in 'Production of Spaceâ'‚¬'„¢(Henri Lefebvre), at least initiate a movement by heart, decent & dedicated Politics will definitely come up. - Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, 16/4, Girish Banerjee Lane, Howrah-711101.

05/12/2011 13:31 PM


Thanks Jay Chittavajhula. I admire and appreciate your highly positive thinking and approach. There is no second opinion on it. But, even if you and me practice honesty and dharma there are a host of population waiting to neutralize it. This is because the upbrining in India has to change; the education and employment and the dignity of labor have to change. But honestly I feel 'dharma' it self is an elusive term. Let us search. Thanks again for responding and sharing your valuable views.

03/19/2011 12:18 PM

Comment True. But look at this way. There is a small, very small, consciousness lit in & through your post. Why don't you, me & others really find out what is real Dharma and try to follow it? Ok. Now. How to do it? Think. Let it start from you. Me. Where? In everything we do. We think. We talk. Gradually the light will glow more and better. Perhaps, somewhere around us, there are other similar lights, only not yet seen by us. To let it happen, first we must keep our mind positive and confident. He will come. That's it. If He is not coming, or if we don't see Him coming, may be something is wrong in the way we are seeing/behaving. What is it? Definitely, there is Dharma practiced by someone somewhere. That's why we all are still existing. Let's search for them. But how? Only with the "torch" (the determination to stay on Dharma path), can we do so. Regards

Jay Chittavajhula
03/19/2011 11:11 AM

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