Not only is it insipid and innocuous, corruption remains a faceless reference in most drawing room conversations. A traffic constable, a ticket collector, a tax officer, a municipal staff and a local legislature are part of a middle class script on corruption in public life, which conveniently misses out on the disproportionate assets amassed by a neighbour or the nefarious deeds of a close relation. Why should we, let someone catch them first!
Notwithstanding the legacy of failed public institutions to root out corruption in this country, hope has been pinned yet again on another institution to catch them. The child within us is ecstatic with the promise of a new toy, a Lok Pal. Curiously, neither does one know how the toy may look like nor is there any clue on how it may work! Till the toy arrives, corruption around us flourishes with impunity.
Unbelievable though it may sound, a forest range officer minced no words recently to tell the wife of his senior colleague that `the shopping bags she was carrying were the outcome of her husband's illicit income'. Courageous and fearless, this young hero has evoked the `lok pal' in him to expose and isolate the enemy within. After all, public knows more than what a Lok Pal might know - yeh to public hai ye sab janti hai!
(the picture above is from a popular Bollywood film of the 70's Roti starring Rajesh Khanna (right) and Jeevan (left)