Corruption in Administration in India
Corruption is widespread in India covering each and every aspect of life. Now, even peaceful protests against corrupt practices are not allowed by the corrupt officials. Still, there are a few exceptions her and there.
Corruption in India
In 70s, political leaders of India began instructing their subordinate administrative officials to collect illegal funds from the people by hook or crook and supply them. This gave free hand to the administration to oppress and exploit people in all the ways they could, like delays in working until a bribe was paid to them, illegal arrests until a protection fee was paid to the police, wrong billing by public utility companies if the officials are not bribed, etc. Gradually, the process percolated to the lower-most levels of administration, and bribery became a usual thing for any job by an official.
Since, common people don't have enough resources to pay bribes for everything and to save themselves, cunning persons began taking undue advantages of the system wherever they can - like thefts of electricity, encroachment of public properties, getting benefits of social welfare schemes without being eligible, etc. - to get benefits of the corrupt system. This has resulted in overall corruption of minds in the country.
Even a Peaceful Protest is Disallowed
Like other sectors of life, education in India is also equally corrupt and exploitation of the poor helpless is rampant, as is proved by this example of a woman teacher in a primary school at Pawada village in district Ghaziabad of U.P. State of India.
Since, the officials of education department and of district administration did not heed to her over 50 pleas, she along with her 3 family members sat on a 'fast unto death' in front of office of the District Magistrate Ghaziabad on 21/03/2011. The district administration under leadership of City Magistrate - Umesh Misra, immediately came into action against the helpless poor rural family with threats of beating by police, arrests, etc. The family called a social worker Ram Bansal (a 62-year old Engineer and the Author of this page) to help in the peaceful protest. For the whole day on 23rd, the threats continued but were forcefully replied by Ram Bansal but the administrative and police officials did not relent. So, to put his full mite into the protest, Ram Bansal too sat on the fast unto death along with the family members of the victim of the education department's Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Ghaziabad.
With this, Ram Bansal became the target of the administrative and police officials with accusations on him that he was flaring the matter and instigating the poor family to protest. To begin with, the City Magistrate threatened him with dire consequences if he did not end the protest fast and remove the protest camp from the office campus which was replied in negative. Then came Police Circle Officer (City) Dr Vivek Ranjan with a large police contingent and called the author to end the protest immediately. He abused the author in his filthy language - a cheat instigating the poor family for personal gains, etc. This was reported to the City Magistrate who justified it saying that it was the language of the police included in their training for duties. After failure of this trial, the protest continued peacefully.
At about 5 pm, the administrative a police officials came again with over 100 police constables and a lot of vehicles to arrest the peaceful protesters whose number was only 10 - five on fast and 5 more persons sitting in the camp as their supporters. A gross misuse of public authority and funds by the corrupt officials to save the corrupt official of the education department. Some media persons were called in by the protesters and the official crowd dissipated gradually without any action.
Then, the administrators called in a medical team who examined all the five on the fast.
At about 9 in the night, a large police contingent under leadership of City Magistrate Umesh Misra and CO (City) Vivek Ranjan again appeared on the scene, told the fasting protesters that the Doctor has declared them in critical condition. The author asked for the medical report which was not provided and all the five fasting protesters were arrested and were taken to a government hospital and admitted under tight police custody. Since the protesters were feeling healthy, they refused to take any medical treatment and food in the hospital and continued with their fast.
Back in the protest camp with only 3 women there at that time, the police personnel pushed the poor women out damaged the cloth covering and looted all the belongings of the protesters in the darkness of the night. This was reported to the District Magistrate, Ghaziabad and Divisional Commissioner, Meerut through FAX messages on 25th March 2011 but nothing has been heard from them so far.
Thus, all sorts of police misconduct against common people is not only tolerated but also promoted by the administrators of the country making the administration worse than that in India under British before 1947.
The protesters continued their fast in the hospital making a telling effect on their health. Many offers from the administration side came up all with a single purpose of saving the corrupt official of the education department, which were rejected by the protestrs.
This heated up the matter, and the administrative threats got converted into .
The Final Solution
On the evening of 27th - the seventh day of the fast, an honest and upright top-ranking official of Ghaziabad district administration - Chief Development Officer, Ajay Shankar Pandey came to the hospital to negotiate a solution. He offered not only to provide full justice to the victimized teacher but also punishment to the guilty in the case within 10 days. Influenced by the image and past performance of the officer, his offer was immediately accepted and the fast was ended.