Our attitude towards those with wealth one of the reasons for corruption: Justice Hegde
Mysuru: Former Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde attributed the rise in corruption to the Indian society’s attitude towards those with wealth. Justice Hegde, who delivered the convocation address at the University of Mysore(UoM) on Monday, said, “We have lost our conscience to tell the difference between wealth gained through legitimate and illegitimate means. Our society honours the rich without pausing to consider how he/she amassed wealth. Those who turned rich through hard work, and those who earned wealth through corruption are treated equally. This encourages people to become corrupt. Nobody in our society considers corruption as an evil.”
Pointing to the country’s precarious condition when it came to transparency, the former Lokayukta said, “Owing to our population and corruption, our development has become invisible. If we had controlled the rise in population, and checked corruption, India would have been a rich country by now. There would have been fewer tears in the eyes of Indians.”
Hegde further bemoaned the paucity of statesmen in India. “There are a lot of politicians, but no statesmen. The society is under the clutches of communalism, casteism, and rich-poor bias. Only students can emerge as the saviours of democracy,” he added, calling for efforts to be made to ensure equality in all sectors.