We should change our corruption perception
Anti-corruption outlook is probably more insidious than corruption itself and taking advantage on this sentiment looks new thing in the politics. Imran Khan is banking on the same charm in Pakistan while the drive behind Anna Hazare vogue in our bordering
This trend is apolitical indifferent and works in awakening urban middle class. It is getting started in new dimension in this country and will exist so.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), whose tactic is not completely upbraided, released its manifesto and roadmap, putting corruption of land mafia, the police and income tax departments at the top.
The common suspects were all included but one, which is not so usual, the army, also inched up on the catalog.
What requires emphasizing is that this write up is about corruption perception and not an assessment of how crooked an organization and a department is in reality. It can clarify much of the catalogue and its classification.
Those departments will rank higher on the list that the general public comes in direct contact with, and thence the dishonesty that infringes in routine lives and annoys then on personal level.
Additionally, it is not just personal experience that is important to detections but also the media mechanism. Regardless of the intensity, people hated widely what media pundits sound and fury about.
Although administration and apolitical lot is more corrupt, it is public which considers the politicians as most crooked and dishonest.
So, there are many ups and downs on what is perceived as a corrupter kind of corruption. For example, the money that a Patwari takes as a bribe for doing a work is possibly peanuts equated to the embezzlement made in military contracting.
Unfortunately, the former will earn top position in the list of corrupts because it takes place in the public orb and hits people on a personal level.
On the other hand, the latter is less corrupt because it well-kept under veil of secrecy and gets slight print-space and airtime in media.
Without any doubt, corruption is very bad but some of it is widespread structurally and not easy to eliminate within 90 days.
Moreover, the hefty bribes a minister or official got is also corruption but similar is the 100 rupee kickback the hawker paid to book an illegal place for his cart. They can’t be talked in similar way.
The black-and-white and grey areas should be re-introduced to be aware the public about perception of corruption. The real challenge will be to introduce how we can deal with it and get rid of it.