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Values Are Valuable


Topic for this month’s article is ‘Importance of character and moral as traits against corruption.

I believe that Character and Morals collectively constitutes values and whosoever we may be, values of our life always determines path of our journey.

To elaborate it further, I would like to share something with you all. Around five years back, while volunteering with an NGO; often I visited red light area that is situated in southern part of Mumbai; to carry-out some development work for the community.

The message of one poster that was displayed on gate of the particular building talks a lot about the topic that I am addressing today.

The poster said…

            Yess… we sell our body here… But if you want to do a business of Dignity…

            Police station is half kilometer away…

            Yess… we sell our body here… But if you want to do business of Honesty…

            Mantralaya (Offices of Ministers) is just three railway stations ahead…

            Yess… we have plenty of love for you… But if you want to do a business of Lust,

            Then this is not a place…instead just go and become religious guru of any religion…

Friends, since childhood we are listening and talking about corruption. And whenever we talk about it; we often held bureaucracy, government, administrative bodies, and judicial system responsible for it. Undoubtedly, they are responsible for corruption. But my question is… are they only responsible for this disease called corruption? Have we looked at other side of it?

I think, whether person is bureaucratic person or general public like you and me. Doesn’t matter. But if a person is lacking with Character, Morals, Values in terms of Dignity, Honesty and Love, I think that person is responsible for this disease. And hence, that poster was talking about the business of these three things.

We are well aware that business transaction can not happen without two parties, that is buyer and seller. If you are either buyer or seller of Dignity, Honesty and Love, you are responsible for the corruption. You must be thinking how..!! Right..?? Let me explain…

If any non-parliamentary transaction of 100 rupees is happening between traffic police and person caught driving without license. That means, they both are keeping their Dignity at a stake.

If any non-parliamentary transaction of 1000 rupees is happening at any government department for completing small tasks and procedure, it means both are keeping their Honesty at a stake.

If any non-parliamentary transaction of 10000 rupees is happening between you and your religious gurus, just to express your Love towards your own god; unknowingly both are encouraging corruption by keeping their Love at a stake.

And that’s how character, morals, values becomes important in the fights against corruption. If you seriously wish to breath in corruption free environment; Never… Ever… do business of your Dignity, Honesty and Love.

Theme of this 2015 vigilance week is ‘Preventing vigilance as a tool of good governance.’ And I believe that preventive measures are nothing but values and morals on which we live our life.

Friends, for a moment keep aside a thought of eradicating corruption. And today, lets us take a pledge to prevent and protect our own Dignity, Honesty and Love in the fight against corruption.

Because, corruption is not only about giving and taking bribe. It’s all about allowing other person to play and manipulate with your Dignity, Honesty and Love.

To conclude, I just want to say that by keeping your morals and values at a stake you may become rich, may be a billionaire. You may own various places and properties that will reflect on the assets side of you balance sheet under titles as fixed assets and variable assets. But… never forget that biggest asset of your life is the place that you create in the heart of people and in your own eyes.

(This article has been awarded as winning speech delivered by me, in intra college elocution competition organized by Indian Oil Corporation Limited in association with Jasani center of Social Entrepreneurship-NMIMS, Social Responsibility Forum-NMIMS, and NMIMS Toastmasters to celebrate the Vigilance Awareness Week)

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