Many tried their hand for eradication of corruption altogether. Is it really possible? Anna is not the first man to try this, and regrettably, he will not be the last one. Unless you understand the dynamics of corruption and define corruption in all its various forms, it is not an easy task. How would you, for instance, define the act of a banker seeking money from the borrowers for paying bribe to secure corporate deposits? How would you view a smuggler offering a packet of cigarettes to a custom officer at the airport? Just pause, and think.
There is a story of a young lawyer approaching a senior advocate: “Sir, my first case is coming up for hearing in the court of Justice Stephen. I am really nervous. What do I do? Shall I send him a bottle of Scotch?”
“Oh no! Don’t do that” he cried, “Justice Stephen is a very honest person. You will lose your case.”
After a few days, when the lawyers met again. The junior lawyer thanked the senior for his advice: “Sir, your advice was indeed very useful. I sent the Scotch, and won the case.”
“How was that”, the Senior lawyer was aghast, “Didn’t I tell you that he is honest, and the case would go against you?”
“No, Sir”, the junior explained, “It was sent on behalf of the opposing party.”
What do you think of the above incident? Is it an instance of manipulation, corruption, or anything else? How do you view this? I leave this to your conscience.