The other day, I was seated with a group of people discussing development in India. The moment someone mentioned the word “politician”, everybody else came out with adjectives like liar, selfish, greedy, corrupt, power- hungry so on and so forth. While all of what was said about the politician was valid, it set me wondering, if this is what they really are! Do these adjectives fit all politicians?

Wait a minute! Are these adjectives meant only for politicians? Does not a person coming from any other section of society or any other community have these qualities? Yes, of course everyone has these qualities. Even you and me!

Ladies and gentlemen, all these qualities are inherent in almost all of us, no matter which section of society we come from. How many of us can say, with absolutely clear conscience, that we have never lied, never been selfish, never acted with greed or any ulterior motive, never been corrupt or even never accepted / given a gift in exchange of a favour given/received, never craved for power or to be the best in whatever we do, unmindful of the consequences?

Very few, I am afraid.

When we are talking of driving away, corruption from our country, what are we really willing to put at stake to achieve that? How many of us are really willing to admit the instances when we have lied, been greedy, been selfish or been corrupt; and clean the mess that we have created?

The question we have to put to ourselves is:

Am I willing to tell my five year old child that I lied, I have been greedy, I have hankered for power at home or at workplace, I have first kept aside for myself and then shared with others?


Or even if I do, I will sound so fake!


The basis of driving ills from society is the courage to tell my child that I have done things which have had negative impact on the society and the country today. I am sorry for that and promise never to act in the future, in a way which would impact negatively and I am willing to be held to account for that.

Here, I use the word ‘I’ as a representation of our generation. In some cases, ‘I’ may not apply to me / or to anyone else as an individual.

Coming back to driving corruption away from the country, yes, it can be done!

It is not an overnight phenomenon. It is a slow and willful shift in our mind-set, each and every person’s mind-set, from “first me, then others” to “first others and I am included in them”. Inculcate the new belief in my children, my grand-children, my students, my neighborhood children and every child around me. Set an example to them by living the kind of lifestyle, I promised I will live and inspire them to live that lifestyle. When I live life in my new, shifted mind-set, I encourage my children and my grandchildren too to do so. (Believe me, this will take a lot of patience! Do not lose hope and heart! Be patient and loving always)

They in turn encourage many more of their peers and acquaintances to live that kind of life. Slowly and surely, when this mind-set shifts in the society; it will take country into its grasp. Many of us may not live to see this shift or experience the fruits. We certainly, would be the first people to initiate a positive change in our country and take it back to the glory that it once was! We would be the people who had the courage to take the bull by its horns and tame it and bring it down to whatever it was worth! It is only when the society shifts from “me phenomenon” to “others, with me included phenomenon,” will the seeds for an incorruptible country sown by us bear fruit.

Ladies and gentlemen, I happily declare that we, as a community of authors, can really set the ball rolling and take our country to the rightful place of an nation OF HONEST PEOPLE WITH INTEGRITY around the globe!


Nandini Rao
Nandini Rao

Nandini Rao is a self-employed professional coach with in-depth exposure to the several business functions. A trained and internationally certified Coach she is committed to coaching people to achieve their goals and raise the quality of their own lives. With over 20 years of experience in the Corporate world she brings with her a wealth of experience. During the tenure of her career she has been responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the organization; formed and implemented policies within the organization; provided leadership, direction and guidance of organization development activities and motivated staff to balance high level skills with maximum productivity; analyzed and evaluated effectiveness of the operations; developed and maintained organizational structure and effective personnel; coordinated activities through subordinates and appraised assigned personnel. Her excellent organizational skills during her working life enabled build a charitable organization from idea to ongoing operations and working towards sustainability within a span of three years. Today, even after 8 years the organization is well oiled in its operations and has reached greater levels of sustenance, because of the strategies that have been implemented. Her deep understanding of human psychology and ability to relate to people from diverse fields make her an excellent coach, mentor, and builds strong & lasting relationships. Writing, which has always been a passion for her got relegated to the background during her working career. She has now got back to it and is fully expressive in her writings, be it her poems in Hindi and English, fiction in English or her articles in English. All of it reflect her depth of understanding of life and people. Her focus, coupled with strong management and leadership skills have motivated professionals to maximize levels of productivity. She is committed to delivering high quality, adhering to timelines and building productive relationships for herself, her clients and all the people around her.


Vishal Kale
Vishal Kale Posted on3:22 pm - Mar 29, 2018

Simply superb…

just a general Q : any answers to the questions above, anyone?

    Nandini Rao Posted on3:33 pm - Mar 29, 2018

    Thank u sir. My A (answer) to your Q (question) is not what, I perceive will really make a difference! Another A (action) consistent to the C (cause) is what will make a difference!
    Pardon my impertinence, if that is what it sounds like!
    Time to confront n overcome our inner demons!

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