While on the topic of Guru,I was wondering if flouting with the law can be avoided in our system.
Giving it a good thought, I sincerely feel that at some point of time , we are forced to be corrupt albeit in a small way.
People argue that we have corruption in the grass-root level..what can we expect from a nation where there is economic disparity of such huge proportions ? We have corruption at all levels....be it grass-root , sub-grass-root and the Guru level corruption.
What would people know of businessmen investing huge sums (borrowed and partner's) and then losing it out in interests....We talk of industrial development....GNP growth etc. etc. , what about that guy who has his life at stake, and is forced to face corruption at every level.
He has to weigh his honesty , commitment and the interests (as compared with the bribe amount ) , then decide as to what has to be done.
I know businessmen who are so honest with the quality of product they deliver
and take pride in doing so but never even bat their eyelids while doling out bribes or contacting politicians to help them out in difficult situations.
They are the very same people who take into consideration the needs of the labourers .
Are'nt we all aware of the fact that with a help of a politician , one can give so
much trouble to a businessman that he would close shop and run for his life ?
What happens during elections ?
Where does all the money come from?
What will the poor guy do..but to shell down amounts to every party than risk closing down his factory and sitting at home wondering what other saleable skill-sets he has to support his family and their life-style.
As for me , I may not want to spoil another's chance directly but if I need a berth in a train , would willingly shell down a couple of hunderd rupees (if demanded ) and take the berth. I am sure , even if there is no one to take the berth , the guy is not going to allot it to me unless I pay. Ofcourse I can shout , call the squad and threaten him....but it all depends on how much time I am willing to spend fighting and then what kind of scene I would have created and what other risks I would be facing.
So most of the times it would be 'GTH' (Go To Hell!) !
The guardians of honesty should also think about the temples in our country...is it a good practice to take a letter from a person in power and go for a 'Special Break Darshan' ? These days I feel sick to visit these corrupt temples because at a personal level I feel its unfair to the other people in the queue. The very look of the priests there makes me so angry that the purpose of visiting a temple fails.
So being corrupt or not is not a measure of a person's value as an individual. Just b'cos he flouts the law out of necessity or b'cos the situation demands , does not make him a dishonest , cunning person.
Mind you, I am not saying there are no bad people out there , I am merely saying that this is not an yard-stick to conclude if a person is good or not !
This guy GURU has my stamp of approval for all that he did in the movie !
Infact I was quite nervous when the judgement was pronounced , would have been very disappointed if he was sent to jail !
I would say 'Guru ! Its good going!' .
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