TAWFEEQ IRSHAD MIR
With glued memories of my infantile period, hardly I could retrieve the surroundings and the events happening around, Brought up in a very small village “Goripora” in the Sopore town of Kashmir, a village with meticulous
presence, conscious, a mixture of intellect and a think tank of its own, whenever I revert my memory lane through times, I find myself in the nap of my grandfather, an image of an old man enveloped in “chadar” yet young by
mind, he was the then head of village, people of all ages enjoyed his presence, igniting the debate pertaining to different issues.
Being the head of the village, mostly revenue matters were discussed and the consistent content of all debates used to be “corruption” the word that recurrently vibrated my neurons and propelled me as to what was this
corruption all about. The initial understanding was like this, “to get your work down, have a chicken to please” and sometimes “the person inflated the pocket to get the work down” in common Kashmiri language, you might have
encountered the word most frequently “channel, like the person has channel, designated to corruption. Being in a rural area, the incentives for corruption used to be” chicken “an apple box” sometimes red beans “probably due
to lack of money as people used to exchange their daily needs rather than money. As I grew up, exposed myself to the environment, what I found was interesting, now an updated version of corruption :every now, people
discussing the scourge of corruption, as like a curse, preferably in revenue department, to have an income certificate, an amount of 2 to 3 hundred rupees was a prerequisite.
With t time I found people paying huge amounts to get their land acquisitions settled, even to get a driving license, driving skill hardly mattered, as the time passed by, now the word “corruption” was a constant encrypted
into the minds of people, a peculiar picture of engulfing in corruption was most obvious from electricity department, then it was not digitalized.
The new house holder enjoyed the bless even without registration by simply paying a meagre amount to officials in the department. “Not a single institution is prone to corruption” but it’s deleterious effects on education
and recruitment system has monstrous consequences. As I observed during the years, it was evident during the board exams, every one among us might have witnessed the special privilege being offered to some students in the
examination Hall, a corruption of intimate level, eventually with the enlightenment of newspapers, social media, the youth began to lay their repercussions on corruption pertaining to selection process whether it be for
further education or selection of job process, like the ‘x’ person got selected because the said person had paid a huge amount for it, it swept the general consensus of youth, dredging them to denial resorting to premature
statements that “now this education is futile as you won’t get any things unless you don’t have enough money, there is no place for poor fellows, we can’t continue with this” and the consequence was such that many talented
ones dredged in drug dependency.
Here I am talking about corruption on the local level, attached to the ground where I am the self-observant of this scourge; many a times I have been a part of discussions locally regarding this remorse, but in an alienated
Social networking sites are filled with tons of data regarding corruption, gallons of ink have been spent on news papers to reflect this horror, while everyone apparently and seemingly attacking the subsequent political
discourse and the concerned administrative systems,
“I have a virtual opinion, I believe, “every human being has encoded traits, and has a natural tendency to express these traits, both positive and negative as like in all other animals, but the best thing about humans is to
differentiate between right and wrong and the ability to direct their energies toward humanity, that’s why called humans, but one’s the person is exacerbated by materialistic influence, the person tends to express the
negative trait to fulfill the ill designed desires, and simply the person who endorses or resorts to such mischievous act of corruption, the person is engulfed by this wild trait “ Now what astonishes me the most,” while
everyone seemingly denigrates this scourge, then who supports it, I mean everyone is raising in objection to it, then who constitutes to the corruption.
I would like to prove my content with objective analysis, suppose I am the person, and I am asked to give some amount to secure a place in any govt. department, despite irrelevant educational qualifications and out of any
fearful selection procedure; now it’s all about me, would I agree or not, so surely the moment I am in such a position, I will surely opt for it, likewise I believe every single person on the planet not only in the valley,
will opt the same. I just made an analogy and it almost pertains to every aspect. So literally, I mean to say that corruption is from within; in fact, the people with this thinking make the system corrupt and that’s how it
seems that the whole system is overwhelmed with corruption, it is engrained in the minds of people, “the humans have rbcs, wbcs, and platelets in blood, but I suspect we have one more” corruption cell “in our blood and we
have genes encoded with it dominantly.
We have to deter this menace from within, the moment we object to this greed, it needs to be abolished from within; sanitizing the systems won’t yield any results, because it’s already ingrained in the minds of people, so we
have to interpret and analyse and suppress this wild trait only then we will get rid of this wild menace infesting our spirituality, ethos.
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