Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A Story of Courage- Defiance-Honesty- Truth-Integrity-Guts-Determination

All above values we aspire to have. Very very few people manage to stand by them in real life. Extremely few, cause in this country more often than not the reward for possessing these is ….DEATH.

Read the news on Gaurav’s Blog. After Satyendra Dubey’s case one hoped the country would open itself to the corruption that lies within and try to eradicate it , sadly it has not and sadly it has consumed another honest person. What will be done about it? Nothing…

When students pursue IIT-IIMs, Engineering-MBA degrees, it’s truly in search of greener pastures. The colour green becomes extremely important. Once you enter the institutes, 50% of the lot is driven by money and lack the above values; stating that they don’t really help you in life. Having been part of the MBA-Engineering clan, trust me it’s tough to find people driven by them, honestly it is.

Then why is it that some of us believe in them, why are some of us still willing to sacrifice lives in a hope that the things and ways of life will change?

I did not know Manjunath. I’m too shocked to say anything. I know a couple of colleagues who knew him and I don’t know how to react.

Here is a guy, who having acquired the best of the education in India, could have opted for a job abroad or any MNCs in India in a cool AC office. Yet he chose to go into a PSU. Despite politics and corruption around he had the courage to stand by his values, defied corrupt petrol pump owners, was honest to his officials, had the courage to speak the truth , the determination and guts to stand by his decision, and trusted his integrity. What did he receive in appreciation for this? Death as a reward!

I do hope his sacrifice is not forgotten. For me he is a hero. He really his. May his soul rest in peace. I know our words of condolences will not help reduce the pain of his family, but all I want to say is he will be remembered as a martyr for fighting this cruel corrupt system, very few of us manage that today!

And on another note, all government officials and politicians crib about the so called brain-drain in Indian PSUs and Civil Services. IIM-IIT, Top MBA-Engg. grads opting out of joining these services in search of greener pastures.

But when the few honest ones like Satyendra Dubey and Manju do opt for them in the process to ensure a change, what are they rewarded for their honesty? Death? Is that a motivation for people to step in? If government or their employer can't ensure their protection for being honest and no justice is served to the injustice done to them how do they expect anyone of the future generation to step in?

There is so much to think about.......


Update: Telegraph carries the story here

6 comments:

Anshul said...

Yeah very sad. I was just talking to some friends about this issue a few days back. I honestly feel direct confrontation is just futile unless its at a mass scale. Either u have to sacrifice yourself and hope that it arouses public response or u got to take a more crafty approach and the beat the system at its own game. Without political and monetary might changing even the smallest vice in India is a herculean task... Ofcourse that doesn't take away anything from such brave people.

Rauf said...

Don't give up, just stay there. The country needs you. Please don't let such incidents discourage you. Your efforts make the country take a step forward and there are people to push it ten steps backwards.
Just stay there and fight.

Minal said...

@Anshul: I agree with your view to fight the system from within but it can get extremely infuriating and frustrating. More often than not after your efforts bear such response, you would want to quit.And as I said there are very few like Manjunath and Dubey and maybe the country needs more of them and less of those corrupt biggies!

@Rauf: Highly encouraging, but the reality depicts a different picture.

Tugga said...

I agree with Anshul; diplomacy and the willingness to wait for the opportunity are needed. Shivaji succeeded where Sambhaji failed, Mcgrath succeeded where Lee failed. The key point is this: Much as I respect the sacrifice, I can't help but think it's going to be wasted. A sacrifice has a point if it inspires; on the contrary this one seems to arouse more cynicism about our system than ever. It tells you of the perils of doing the right thing. As Anshul says, there is no room for one man armies or for vigilantes in the system. Either you should be able to inspire a mass movement(I don't know if sacrificing oneself is the way to go, and I don't know how, else I would have been doing something other than this PhD), or you work your way around the system trying to do as much right and good as you possibly can.

Minal said...

@Tugga: Views taken. As most would say work around the system and the reality is that it's tough,and can get rather frustrating. I guess every individual has his own way of fighting the system.
Nothing more I can add.

Rauf said...

reported on TV yesterday