The Cor­rup­tion Men­ace

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

Southa­sia made a very timely choice to fea­ture the can­cer of cor­rup­tion in its last is­sue. This dis­ease is rapidly spread­ing through­out the en­tire re­gion of South Asia. South- Asia mag­a­zine, en­abling its read­ers to un­der­stand the view­points of ex­perts span­ning dif­fer­ent coun­tries, con­tin­ues to truly rep­re­sent the en­tire re­gion. Hav­ing read and un­der­stood a great deal about cor­rup­tion in In­dia through the Anna Hazare case, it was in­ter­est­ing for me to also learn about cor­rup­tion in Pak­istan and Nepal. It seems that we have learnt noth­ing and our fu­ture re­mains bleak as long as cor­rup­tion con­tin­ues to be a re­al­ity. Anna Hazare has given the com­mon man a voice and it re­mains to be seen whether we can all unite against this evil or lose steam and, in the process, lose our fer­vor. We must unite not as in­di­vid­ual na­tions but as a whole re­gion. Only then will we be able to give the next gen­er­a­tion a bet­ter chance. This is also a mat­ter of per­sonal ac­count­abil­ity and we can­not let our chil­dren down. Arun Kapoor,

Delhi, In­dia

(2) Cor­rup­tion has been a se­ri­ous prob­lem through­out South Asia and is not new. Var­i­ous cases of cor­rup­tion have been brought to the fore­front over decades. Un­for­tu­nately, lit­tle has been done and lit­tle will be done. While the Anna Hazare move­ment may be cre­at­ing waves, it must be re­mem­bered that anti-cor­rup­tion laws, such as the Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act in In­dia, have ex­isted for years and seem to be tooth­less. Lit­tle will change, it seems. South Asia as a re­gion al­ready finds it dif­fi­cult to agree on sim­pler is­sues. There­fore, to be­lieve that it will stamp out cor­rup­tion from se­nior level posts is al­most laugh­able. It is ul­ti­mately the peo­ple to who plant the seeds of cor­rup­tion. There needs to be greater ed­u­ca­tion for peo­ple to make con­scious de­ci­sions about whom to elect rather than be mo­ti­vated by emo­tional sen­ti­ments and suf­fer the ef­fects of their choices in the form of cor­rup­tion. Malini Shankar,

Cam­bridge, US

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