Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Corruption Vs. Corruption

Big ticket financial corruption has received a lot of attention lately. While I found the anarchic tendency of the agitations and the "either you are with us or against us" tone of "Team Anna", IAC etc. problematic and undemocratic there was no denying that financial corruption was and is a relevant issue. However to use such agitations as a smoke screen to prop up controversial leaders and unacceptable ideologies as legitimate governance models, is itself corruption of the highest kind. 
Conveniently,  political leaders are  being assessed only and only from the prism of financial corruption. 
Here we have "leaders" who have no respect for human life in particular and humanity in general yet there is hardly any popular middle class resentment. Atleast nothing comparable to what we see for the issue of "corruption." What should be the priority if one had to chose between catching a murderer or a thief?

So if Mr. Chetan Bhagat the leader of the "Mera Neta Chor hai" campaign (http://www.chetanbhagat.com/blog/2011/04/07/mera-neta-chor-hai/) were to come up with a "Mera Neta Katil hai" campaign is he likely to get popular middle class support? Of course, the more interesting question is whether Mr. Chetan Bhagat would be interested in leading such a movement at all?! 

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