Our Anti corruption system needs a serious and everlasting change. Why is it that no one goes to jail in our country despite indulging in corruption? This is because we have completely rotten anti-corruption laws and anti-corruption agencies that it is almost impossible for the corrupt to be penalized. I have been a part of this rotting system, and it is thus designed, so flawlessly, that the need, the desire to bypass the long queues, put some greens under the table, only to put you ahead, is almost strategic. It’s a self sufficient system, which feeds itself off others who are supposed to be a part of this… But, now, the glass is overflowing. The uprising has begun. Thanks, to the dedication of Anna Hazare, and his persistence for the Jan Lokpal Bill, a major tool for prosecuting and convicting corrupt officials and ministers, is now in the news.
I, too, am guilt of contributing to the filthy algae, and not just once but many a times…
My first tryst with THE SYSTEM, is actually, a ground-breaking moment for any young adult. You get your very first wheels, 2 or 4, depending upon the wallet of your parents. When I got the first 2-wheels, obviously, Driver’s License was another important step, that my parents insisted upon. No point paying a fine, every other day. So with prepared with a traffic rule book and all the driving signals to heart, I reached the RTO, prepared for a driving test.. All the forms were taken, filled up, photograph pasted etc etc.. A long queue, didn’t deter us, although, taking a tea break was required. At the tea stall, casually chatting up another tea-sipper, the tout, as we came to know later on, who told us, that instead of the basic learner license, I could own a permanent 4-wheeler license too, albeit at some fee, of course. He carefully conjured up the horrors of RTO rules, long queues we would have to face again and again, instructors failing candidates on purpose and what not.. Scared and crumbling like a stale cookie, we agreed to pay and skip all the loops to get a 4-wheeler license with no written or driving test! After all, I can always learn to drive the 4-wheels later on!
THE SYSTEM – 1, ME – 0
Next setback was a few years later, when I needed a passport in a relative short time. Tatkal couldn’t have worked, because I was out of my hometown, therefore, I set to apply normally only to inform my parents of the impending inquiry to be taken place the hometown. When the call from the police station came, luckily I was at home on a short trip. Obviously, the condition of staying in the hometown for last 2 years, couldn’t be fulfilled, but we stuck with former and the enquirer didn’t press on either. We left him a little thank you gift, for not going into the details..
The SYSTEM – 2, ME – 0
And the 3rd and last time was just a final nail in the coffin. Who would have imagined that 2 adults getting married in India need an approval from the society care-taker to the office clerk??? Having any photo ID proof is not enough, apparently, you need:
Address proof of partners and their parents
Letter of employment of both partners
Photo-address proof of witnesses
Letter of admission from the priest
Wedding invitation copy
and of course, a local lawyer, who would have to pay the clerk at the registration office on your behalf.. Considering, getting married at a temple is so easy rather than actually following the law, clearly makes the rank of law below god in this country. And constantly answering questions like, “Why are getting married at court and not a traditional wedding?” makes you cringe at total lack of knowledge and the obvious need to prod into others life..
The SYSTEM – 3, ME – 0
I, seriously, fail to find the democracy in THE SYSTEM…