Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Corruption..the culture of self interest

Indians do not believe in the theory that they all can rise if each of them behaves morally, because that is not in the message of their faith. Their caste system separates them. They don't believe that all men are equal. This resulted in their division and migration to other religions . Many started their own faith like Sikh, Jain, Buddha and many converted to Christianity and Islam. The result is that Indians don't trust one another. As a result they trust family over friends, friends over cast, cast over religion, religion over region, region over country. That’s how an utterly corrupt politician can make a comeback because he belongs to particular caste or religion.
The inequality has resulted in to a corrupt society. In India every one is thus against everyone else. Corruption in India is a cultural aspect. Indians seem to think nothing peculiar about corruption. It is everywhere. Indians tolerate corrupt individuals rather than correct them. No human race can be genitally corrupt. But a race can be corrupted by its culture.
To know why Indians are corrupt, let’s look at their patterns and practices. As it is time to understand exactly what makes a Indian to offer heavy cash and gold ornament as offering to the god. Exactly what goes in there mind when they do so. Definitely it is not for welfare of society. They give cash to god and anticipate an out-of-turn reward. It is actually for a welfare of own. They can go to any extent in the name of moksha and benefit of its own. In the world outside the temple walls, such a transaction is named-bribe
A wealthy Indian further end up offering not cash but gold crowns and baubles. These gifts can not feed the poor, his pay-off is for God. Such a plea acknowledges that favours are needed for the undeserving.. It is not a surprise that In June 2009, The Hindu published a report of Karnataka minister G. Janardhan Reddy gifting a crown of gold and diamonds worth Rs 45 crore to Tirupati.
Indians temples collect so much that they don't know what to do with it. Billions are gathering dust in some of the famous temple vaults. Indians believe that if God accepts money for his favours, then nothing is wrong in doing the same thing. Bribes to god is encouraged by temples priest, the more bribe u offer the more VIP treatment u deserve from temple of god. These temples receives huge bribes from their devotees in the name of god without getting into source of their wealth…Why?
This is why Indians are so easily corruptible. Indian culture accommodates such transactions morally. There is no real stigma. Indian moral ambiguity towards corruption is visible in its history too.
Indian history tells of the capture of cities and kingdoms after guards were paid off to open the gates, and commanders paid off to surrender. This is unique to India. Indians' corrupt nature has meant limited warfare on the subcontinent. It is striking how Indians have actually fought compared to ancient Greece and modern Europe. In India fighting wasn't needed, bribing was enough to see off armies. Any invader willing to spend cash could brush aside Indian’s kings, no matter how many tens of thousands soldiers were in their infantry.
Little resistance was given by the Indians at the Battle of Plassey. Clive paid off Mir Jaffar and all of Bengal folded to an army of 3,000. Golconda was captured in 1687 after the secret back door was left open. Mughals vanquished Marathas and Rajputs with nothing but bribes. The Raja of Srinagar gave up Dara Shikoh’s son Sulaiman to Aurangzeb after receiving a bribe.
‘अनेकता में एकता’ वो भी दिखावटी एकता. Un trust is so deep that slight provocation can make them insane and ignite riots among various caste and religions. They can loot and kill there neighbours with whom they were as families few days before.

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