The Telegraph
Saturday , March 1 , 2014
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Fighting graft need of the hour

Measures to check corruption was initiated long back when the Indian Penal Code was formed in 1860. Since then, several new laws have been enforced. What we now need is a change in the mindset of people for curbing corruption.

J.B. Mohapatra, former director-general of police, spoke on this theme while addressing a gathering that went on to hold a discussion on “Expunging Corruption”, organised by Youth Power of India at a Ranchi hotel on Friday.

“No doubt corruption must end for bringing in a change in society, but that may happen only when people promise not to pay bribes for getting a work done,” he added.

Initiating the discussion, S.P. Mukherjee, a well-known doctor and president of Ranchi’s Nagrik Manch, explained how corruption was rooted in the lifestyle of today.

All may not have the financial power to acquire gadgets and assets they wanted to possess, but there was no end to longing for acquiring these and that led to corruption, he explained.

“We are not here to garner support for any party but to gauge the opinion of society about the need for such an alternative that would seek eradication of corruption,” said Youth Power president Manoj Kumar to dispel the notion that the discussion was being backed by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) as many of its supporters were in the audience.

But AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal figured a number of times during the discussions.

“I am not affiliated to any party now but I feel there must be an end to corruption. And AAP initiated the process,” said Saheed Hasan, a psychology professor of Ranchi University.