You Can Make a Difference by Dr. Vinaya K. Singh, PH.D.

My understanding is that the MPs, ministers, MLAs, IAS, IPS are the most paid and facilities getter public servants of India. I don’t know what type of more comfortable life they need. This is our mentality that we are thinking them as VIP and provide all the comfortable life to them. But why don’t we think that there should be no discrimination within government’s servants. A Sentry (peon/helper) should have the same regards as a Mantry (minister). If a Sentry can maintain his family in his salary so why can’t a minister with all those extra facilities and perks provided by the government. I don’t think they deserve more than that. The only think we are missing is that we don’t have equality in practical in any area in India because of practicing faulted democracy.

One of the main principles of democracy is equality. A state can’t be developed, if its citizens are not treated equally in every aspect of life. Equality could be socialistic or gender-wise. Both, a person on post of governor and a rickshaw puller, should be treated equally by government institutions. There is no difference between them. Governor is carrying his/her responsibilities of serving the people like rickshaw puller, whereas a rickshaw puller is doing his duty by providing mobility to public. The only difference among them is in the salary, since the governor’s responsibilities are to provide his/her services to whole public of state whereas a rickshaw puller serves limited ones. But, they should not be differentiated by their positions and should be treated equally by each and every government agency.

There were many incidents reported to me where influential persons (MLAs, MPs, bureaucrats etc.) were given preference over general public. One person told a story that while he was waiting in a queue at office of Superintendent of Police (SP) to register his complaint, a local MLA suddenly appeared at the scene without having any prior appointment with SP. All the office staffs of SP’s then were diverted to welcoming the MLA and he was allowed to see the SP out of turn, and thus delayed the turn of other individuals by couple of hours. Generally speaking, an MLA is a lok-sevak, but that MLA didn’t care about the suffering of the loks (public) at that time. It would have been better; if either the MLA would have waited in queue for his turn or SP’s office staff would have not entertained him. This incident shows that there is no equality in India and a person is being respected based on the position he/she holds.

Very Important Person (VIP) word should need to be abolished from the government dictionary. Only the general public has right to be called VIP in a democratic state rather than the government servants. Author’s research shows that persons at high positions (like MLAs, MPs, IAS, IPS etc.) don’t want to change the system in fear of they would loose the respect and authority to rule.A MLA/minister should think as he/she is servant of public and rather than he/she being a VIP, the general public is VIP. The public service commission (Lok Seva Ayog) is established by government to provide efficient and capable public servants (Lok Sevaks) to serve the people but most of us want to join that because of not serving the people but to get power to rule the public. Therefore there is craze to become Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, minister etc. If we really imagine we have to work as servant of public and not as VIP, only those of us can opt for this job whose real aim is to serve the public. The author is not sure how many of ministers, governors and bureaucrats (let’s call them as lok-sevaks in future references) think themselves that they are servants of public and they should use words like Your Excellency, Me Lord, Your Honor, Sir, Hakim, Your Majesty, Reverend, Mahamaheem, Honorable etc for general public rather than expecting the same for themselves.

I came to know that people are dying to become MLA/Minister/IAS/IPS and they are ready to pay any cost for that. They have crores of rupees in bag and running here and there to get such positions so that later they can use their position to get respected as VIP and may do whatever they want to do and law will do nothing on them. These positions in India are now being treated above the law and people at that position think law is not for them but only for the poor public. The main problem India facing nowadays is corruption and this could be the cause of revolution one day. If any party concentrates on corruption as main issue and give a motto, “Bhrastachar Miato, Bharat Bachao (remove corruption, save India)”, it may really gather a momentum like Jay Prakash Narayan got. If corruption would have not been there, those ant-social elements would not think to spend crores of rupees to become servants of public. Anyways, now election commission is doing good job on some extent to control the expenses and now there are many good and honest people taking part in contesting the election. I found that there are many constituencies in UP from where more than 20 candidates are there in the fray.

The main problem because of which the educated public is not taking part in contesting the election is that there is no guarantee of job in politics. Politics is a career where you can’t be sure of getting a permanent job to fulfill the obligations of family’s responsibilities. If you loose the election, you may want to have something aside on which you can rely on for your fulfilling the family’s responsibilities. In the past, this field was chosen by social reformers and workers who wanted to serve the public without expecting any thing in return. There aim was, “to give, not to take”, but now in this materialistic world no one wants to serve public going hungry. Political workers also have a dream of living life king size therefore they are landing into corrupt practices. One of the solutions to this could be to allow the government servants e.g. great scientists, engineers, DMs, SPs, doctors etc to contest the election during their service tenure and have option to join back their job, if they loose the elections. This looks simple and could create problems but a national debate on this can bring some solution.

Also this is not hard to educate the people to vote the right person. It may need hard work. I think there could be more efforts involved in educating the public in village area than the urban public. But it is not impossible. The public in village still believe in customs and social obligations and are easily manipulated based on cast and religions. That is what happening and most of the parties taking the benefit of it. Here also the election commission is taking steps to control bribing the voters. Only thing is that to educate the public, we need full time workers on this job. But question is how to get the full time workers? We definitely should not think, they could devote any time without any benefit. Again, we should indulge government employees who have income to survive and will not expect anything in doing this or a party should pay to workers who fully devote their time on this. Thus it will basically land in financial need for a party, and wherever money comes into picture, there comes corruption, which is a dangerous disease like cancer. So, again, the first duty of any party should be to work on removing this cancer. The corruption is so deep in villages too that even the schools, the place of worship of our futures, are not untouched. Government provides funds to build and repair the rooms for schools in the villages. I am hearing every day that the contractors build the rooms and in next few days the rooms are getting flatten because they are not built as per the standards. Basically most of the funds are being shared by government officials by means of corrupt practices.

I am working to make some reforms in India and you can help in this cause many ways. You may spread the word in our fellow Indians to change their mind-set of assuming lok-sevaks as VIP, and treat them as equal. These lok-sevaks are public servants and they are there to serve and not to oblige us, and demand respect from them. My research shows that Media also support in making lok-sevaks a VIP and don’t involve in educate the public of their rights. I was surprised to hear from many villagers that DM is their big Hakim (Malik/master) and they are his/her servants and for his/her disposables. They can’t do anything against to annoy him/her and this reminds me the British rule. I have written to Media to educate public and awake the people on many occasions but I found most of the time no-news is news for them. They are mostly busy in boasting few cricketers, politicians and film stars in the news.  

Dear readers, you may also contribute creating a welfare society and educating the public. I am doing so via the organization “S. N. Singh Welfare and Education Society”.  There are many government institutions that are mainly established to look into corruption cases but they aren’t yet so effective since corruption is there too, but there are ways to control the corruption. Government must make it compulsory to audit the bank accounts and properties of government servants and elected members including their family members every year to check the corruption. If their earnings found more than their sources of incomes, they must not be let go Scot free in any circumstances. We need effective anti-corruption system that every day monitors the day to day activities of government officials and elected representatives. Even the DMs in serious cases are just getting the transfer as punishment, but they should be dismissed from duty immediately, if they are either found involved or unable to check the corruption. The NGO can be involved in controlling the corruption by help of their sting operations based on public complaints, and net the officials red-handed. These operations should take place every day at every level viz. Village, Block, Tehasil and District. Government need to assign budget for these NGOs.

The readers of this site can spread the words to politicians and well-wishers of India, “Bhrastachar Mitao, Bharat Bachao”. They should tell the owners of India and influential persons to first work on removal of the corruption and later think of any other policies. It’s my opinion that for the political parties, corruption is not an issue and they have other preferences over it to work. They could have some reason behind it. Law enforcement, judiciary and developments are basic needs of state but it could not be corrected until you have a solid system to check the corruption. We read very day in newspapers that the corruption is main hindrance in development of India and it’s an evil which could be the main issue to tackle first. This is because you can’t ensure a law enforcement agency to work properly without having a fear of punishment for taking a bribe. The police department is basic law enforcement agency in India and you know that how corrupt that department is. I read a news in a news paper that a person went to a local police station to register an FIR for murder of his brother. I was shocked to know that the murderer was so rich and powerful that he made the case opposite with the help of police officers. Now the FIR is reverted and the brother of deceased has been named in the FIR and he will be in jail any time. The police officers have fabricated the false case such that it’s difficult for the victim to prove the murderer of his brother a murderer. The deceased tried to get a bail from local court but judge was also paid a heavy bribe and therefore judge rejected his bail. Now let us see what happens in high court, as victim is trying there for the bail. 

So, now let us talk about what is the cause of this story. If there would have been an effective system to check the corruption, the police officers would have not dared to take the bribe. My question is how we can make law enforcement agency and judiciary effective if it can be broken by corruption.  Corruption is making a person above the law and order in India. If corruption is there, law breakers will be there and therefore we can’t dream for clean and honest law enforcement agency and judiciary. Because of corruption, the law and order has become the kept (in Hindi, called Randi) of powerful, influential and rich persons. My proposals are based on real experiences and ground scenarios and I am still on agreement that the corruption could be a point of revolution. All political parties should consider first the “Bhrastachar Mitao, Bharat Bachao” and the other issues later.

I would like to make it clear that there is a law and order breakdown because of corruption and corruption is not there because of law and order breakdown. Mostly people are breaking law and order because they allured to money and become corrupt. Assume if people are afraid of loosing their job, if caught practicing corruption. What they will do? Definitely they will avoid breaking the law and try to punish the culprit. Now, think another way, if there is breaking in law and order, what will happen? A person can kill other person or one may give money to other to break the law, right? So, in this logic what is happening finally is breaking law and order may create more criminals, both general and corrupt, but corruption results in breaking a law. But guess what, why one will allow breaking the law and order, because being a corrupt. If a law enforcement agent is not corrupt, he may never allow anyone to break a law, and incase a law is broken, it could be a slippage or by mistake. For example, it could be possible if a police officer would not involve in nabbing a murderer because he would have taken the bribe from him. Thus corruption is involved in breaking the law. Otherwise, if the officer is just breaking the law without taking any bribe either for fun or because of his irresponsibility, then murderer is getting benefited without paying anything for that, but it is not creating corruption. Thus we first need to devise a mechanism to catch the corrupt and punish them and reward the honesty. If we devote our full energy and resources for checking the corruption first, this will automatically cover the issues of law enforcement, judiciary and development. Our first aim should be to ““Bhrastachar Mitao, Bharat Bachao”.  

I talked to one of US friends of mine on corruption and he said me that if a police officer in US is found indulged in corruption, he will loose his/her job without any mercy shown to him/her and with that he/she will also loose all the government benefits too. Guess what, if he/she is being sued, he/she might land into begging since he/she could be ordered to pay the penalties and losses due to corruption to plaintiff from his savings. He/She would become bankrupt. Now you can imagine why a police officer in US can’t dare to break the law for bribe. Based on his/her level of corruption, he/she may be jailed too. 

What ever I proposed in my research paper at , here or any other sites are neither impractical nor utopian. Everything is practical and can be easily implemented. Our country will not remain practicing faulted democracy for ever. One day our country will certainly practice the real democracy and that day you will see whatever I proposed have become the real. I have hope. Don’t we know that the governor and chief minister say that they are the servant of public, they say every day but they don’t implement in real life. But it’s not impossible. They will start implementing in real life too, if we could educate the public. There are many who know their rights but still there are many who have not understood the meaning of democracy and we have to reach on them.

In my opinion, almost every crime is somehow associated with money or in other words with corruption. Thus we may conclude that the mother of most of the crimes is “corruption”.  If we can make law like TADA, why can’t we make law like that to control the corruption? If government servants will have fear of called terrorists for practicing the corruption and may face rigorous punishment, they may certainly think twice before practicing corruption. And I would like to say here that doing this is not impractical but we need a will. We have to gather momentum from our public against the corruption and we need to prove them that until you remove corruption, nothing will work properly. The law & order, judiciary and development are basic needs of a state but they all have a tight link with corruption. If we are successful in removing the corruption, you can see the difference. The call of time is now we should all need to work on one and only one motto, ““Bhrastachar Mitao, Bharat Bachao””. I am sure, we can make a change. If we look on current scenarios in India, the corruption could be a point of revolution and a leader crusading against this can get a stature of Jai Prakash Narayan.


2 Responses to “You Can Make a Difference by Dr. Vinaya K. Singh, PH.D.”

  1. S. N. Singh Welfare & Education Society and its Mission « How to transform Uttar Pradesh (UP) into Uttam Pradesh (Best State Says:

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  2. Vinaya Singh Says:

    Dear Friends,

    I received emails from many of you and they were very encouraging and supportive. They will certainly help the Society to move forward with more enthusiasm. Many of you have asked some questions on development and I am answering here for all of you. I have also responded to individuals e-mail.

    My understanding is that it is very important to be part or member of working committee or any committee of a political party to have a say. You can’t influence a party agenda from outside as much as from inside. Most of the time parties don’t care about our views. I am working with many parties without being a member of it for the welfare of society and have presented with implement-able ideas to at least start with few but you know what I got from them. Just praise but nothing else. They say ideas are good and if implemented we can get governance to expectation of public. But guess what? That’s it. They didn’t add them to their policies. But for example, if I would have been in the working committees of those parties, at least I would have tried to convince to put together something in their parties’ manifestoes. It could be true for any parties, BPD or others. Until you don’t have a say in party you are not sure if you could influence, and this could be a gamble from outside. Therefore I asked many of you whether do you have any say in any political parties but please don’t take it any other way. Even my philosophy too is, “Not to Take but Only to Give”.

    These are my views purely based on my experiences but I whole heartedly appreciate your enthusiasm to work for welfare of man kind and I don’t have doubt about your intensions. I fully support you and I am with you. I am working in line with you and am not in politics yet. Once you are in politics, you can’t be ideal. But at least I expect from politicians to practice values and morals (honesty, integrity, politeness, services to public, respectability and accountability towards public etc) based politics, which are lacking nowadays. I think I can influence many parties and their policies by not binding to a single party, but definitely I need some friends everywhere to have them implemented.

    To fund any developmental work, definitely we need money and we can’t depend fully upon begging or on donations from public or organizations. Also, if you ask for donation, most of the public have some mean idea even if you have noble cause because of act of people involved in corruption. They think we can use the money for our own welfare. So, we need to start some businesses where we can earn money honestly and without any corruption. So, even if you start a college or an industry, we have to initially take it as money earning business but maintain the transparency and sticking to the policies as much as possible.

    It is not possible to provide the employments to all the unemployed and we need to think about encouraging them to start their own businesses. We can do it by giving free of cost professional or any other training to them and provide surety-less fund in form of loan to help them start their own business. We can’t depend on government to provide all these, other wise it may not be able to develop the infrastructure for progress and also banks may go bankrupt. So, the idea is to let private organizations jump into this and have a “no profit, no loss policy” to run it. Thus it may earn money from business and loss in social work and could stick to “no profit, no loss” policy. We need schools where we can provide profession based moral education with English compulsory as English is the language of Global Villages and help a professional to work out side a state or even a country. Also, we want to make each and very child (male or female) get educated and can start own businesses in future, if they couldn’t get any job. Most importantly, priority should be given to girls/ women as they are more backward than boys/men. We may want to fund them for education, in case, if anyone feels if he/she can’t continue because of economic hardship. Aim should be to make everyone to qualify enough to understand their rights, true democracy, can get a job or start a business. No one should left behind struggling for roti and dal (food) and importance should be also to uplifting of underprivileged first.

    But all these need solid fund and for that reason I am advocating to start with some business oriented units. Setting up of small scale unit solely for employing unqualified people will do nothing much if we don’t think to earn money to fund at large as mentioned above. Initially we could start this and later think for other opportunities to enable us to influence the chunk of the society.

    In this process, I came across the rules for setting up of private colleges or starting up of small scale sugar factories and paper mills in UP. But all these need investors. I came up with proposal to start a private engineering college in a village of Ballia, UP with some rules and regulations set up to basically help the needy based on “no profit, no loss” basis and reached to many investors, but it didn’t materialize yet. This needs about 1.5 crores of rupees and 25 acres of land. S. N. Singh society, the organization for which I work, has arranged for the land but no investors. The basic hurdle for investors is corruption and government officials’ corrupt demands making the investment double. They want 1.5 crores as Suvidha Sulka and ministers to DMs with many others are involved in it. Other industries also need investment of similar scale. But I am still pursuing them and I am sure, something may happen one day in this direction.

    I need your support to work together towards S. N. Singh Society’s main mission, “Bhrastachar Mitao, Bharat Bachao (remove corruption and save India). Please visit at for more details.

    Thanks & Regards,

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