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Samuel Paul’s essay (‘Corruption as Spectator Sport’, March 31) deserves serious attention. What is most frightening is the gradual acceptance of corruption as a way of life by politicians, middle class gentry and the media. Paul advocates a systematic reform of the system to eradicate corruption. One wonders whether corruption in the society is an isolated phenomenon independent of the class structure of the state. There is no denying that concrete suggestions have been put forward now and then to cleanse the system. But neither the political system nor the media have taken these seriously. Even NGOs have not been able to garner support on these issues. One may be tempted to conclude that the present Indian state structure is not willing to support these reforms. Can politicians participating in the existing electoral process have the courage to stand against corruption when it is a common perception that a winning candidate rarely follows the framework of regulations set by the Election Commission? This has continued for years together. The result is that probably not a single institution is free of corruption – only the degree may vary.

With every Tehelka.Com exposure we will get excited, our minds will get worked up for a few days and then we will follow Rip Van Winkle. Politicians will reap the maximum benefit in electoral politics and, more dangerously, many middle class elements will aspire to become players in the corrupt system. The only silver lining is that the poorer section of the society still lies beyond the ambit of corrupt practices. It is this section which can rise against corruption and has the capability to cleanse the system in an organised manner.

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