New Delhi: Voicing her concern for the deep-rooted corruption in our society in various forms, social activist Aruna Roy drew new vistas on graft. Not one to shy away from expressing her thoughts and opinions, this National Advisory Council (NAC) member cited that it is as easy to criticise corruption as getting tempted to become a part of it for getting one’s job done.

Speaking as a chief guest on the occasion of the 78th birth anniversary of Narendra Mohan, this head of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan threw light on the diverse forms of corruption which is rampant in the society yet eluded from the human eye. Her microscopic views brought forth cases of graft committed beyond the monetary level. “Corruption does not mean only monetary irregularities. Arbitrary use of power is also corruption. Injustice in any form is corruption,” she added.

Dubbing corruption as a symptom and not a disease, Roy lamented the Indian mindset. “We want scientific methods, scientific technology but when it comes to thinking, we never want to adopt a scientific approach towards it. If someone is asked why are they doing something and for what, they feel offended. They just do not like to be questioned,” said Roy while addressing people during a discourse on ‘Today’s Politics And Corruption’ here on Monday.

The programme was organized by Dainik Jagran, the leading Hindi national daily, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Editor Narendra Mohan, a pioneer media visionary.

“This discourse on politics and corruption made me realize the various forms of corruption. I got a new look on the topic. It is true that corruption is rampant everywhere, even at our homes,” said Sanjay Gupta, the Editor and CEO of Dainik Jagran.

Citing a valid example he said, “As it is in our own homes, when we see a child crying, we as parents either lure him by giving a chocolate or other incentive to make him stop. This is also a form of graft. We cannot deny that corruption is everywhere.”

The occasion was also embraced by Pragati Gupta, Editor of Sakhi magazine; Nishikant Thakur, Resident Editor of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Dainik Jagran; Dr Avinash Jha, head of Jagranpost and other eminent journalists.

(Nuzhat Nasreen/JPN)