The current hot topic (offcourse after WC win) is Anna Hazare's fast unto death if the Jan Lokpal Bill (law against corruption) is not passed.
Suddenly there is lot of excitement about this bill and people are holding rallies, candle marches across the country in support of Anna and the Bill.
Morally it appears to be right, everyone in this country knows and agrees that the corruption is halting the progress of the country and bringing a bad name.
But I at times wonder, can we ever become a corruption free state? or better still do we ever want to be free from corruption?
Corruption is in the blood of this country and in the blood of country men. Do not get me wrong, its not purposefully but that's how we have been brought up and that's the only way of existence we know.
We know a 50 rupees can get me out of the situation where I am not carrying my driving license, 100 rupees can get me my LPG cylinder without I have to book it, 200 rupees can get my birth certificate sanctioned without any proofs, a 500 rupees can get my passport done without much documentation and without much hassles.
The corruption we all keep on talking about that we abhor, somewhere deep in the heart we have become addicted to it, we have become habituated to it and slowly and gradually we have become part of it.
Corruption has become a big part of our society and our individual selves too. Now if our child is not getting admission to the school/college we want, we always try to find out if giving some donation might do the trick, despite the child not deserving it.
If we go to a concert, we would like to find a way by which we can jump to the VIP seats on ordinary seat tickets by paying some money to the gatekeeper.
We do not feel ashamed in asking for the bribe and neither we feel ashamed about giving it to get our work done in an unlawful way.
So the corruption isn't only when Kalmadi is accused of CWG or Raja is accused of 2G spectrum, it is deep rooted in our conscious and comes to play when we give a 100 rupee note to the electricity linesman to fix the connection illegally or pays off the traffic cop to leave your bike parked in the no parking zone.
The flexibility that we enjoy out of it, I am not sure if we would like to shun it any time soon.
Hence may be we can scream in the parliaments, in the media, even on the streets that we want a corruption free Country deep in the heart we might wonder, if we really do.