How do we promote honesty in public life?We all know that we are very much part of a very corrupt society. With every single passing day, there is increasing evidence of corruption by the political class and the Civil Servants.
Is there any hope? Yes, there is. And we need to zero in on all those who are very good, are very honest and can do a great job by bringing about some change in the society.
One of these officers, is a Civil Servant by name Sagayam in Tamil Nadu. He dared to take on the mighty and the corrupt who were swindling all the good sand near rivers for their own personal benefit. This involved the most corrupt politicians as well.
Today, Mr Sagayam is a hero, and is reportedly interested in politics. The present collector of the District of Salem, in Tamil Nadu, whose name is Ms Rohini is another person who stands by honesty, takes on the corrupt and the incorrigible elements, and is now seen as a person of some merit.
All that we need to do is to bring such people to the mainstream and with media and public support, make them do far better things. Another possible way is to educate school children who are seen to have very good values, and encourage them to take the Civil Services as a career.
This might bring about some change. Similarly, the use of social media has now been so good that the corruption have now decreased at least one percent. We need to identify ways and means of using the social media to promote honesty and integrity in public life.
Readers may also point out successful men and women, and point out what they have done. This will hopefully change our society, at least to some extent. We also need to debate on the details of the "how", at this present point in time, like never before, to be able to promote honesty in public life.