The intellectuals in India are generally very critical about the bureaucracy and the politicians. They have a soft corner for the common people, particularly the poor people. The common/poor people are described as innocent, honest, hardworking, simple and good people. The bureaucracy and politicians are part of the society and if the society is good, the bureaucracy and politicians cannot be bad.
An agricultural worker or a construction worker or any worker in the rural areas is never punctual. He or she finds several excuses to stop work during the day. He usually takes one full day for the work which he could do in 2 or 3 hours. A worker does not work alone. He wants at least one more worker with whom he can talk while working.
If the people in general are like this, how do we expect a government employee to be different from them? Intellectuals talk of corruption in government. How can we eradicate corruption in government when the common people are corrupt? They want money for their votes for any election. They volunteer to bribe to get undue favors.
If the government is to be honest and committed for the betterment of the people, high values should be inculcated the society. Some of the important values to be inculcated could be:
- Commitment to work
- Taking pleasure in work; shuning laziness
- Neither giving nor taking bribes
- Independence – avoiding where possible seeking help or favors from friends or strangers or government
- Valuing society’s needs more than individual’s
- Sacrificing more for society than for self
- Developing a sense of cleanliness – not littering on the streets, keeping public places clean
- Accountability at all levels, from worker to manager in factories, from Peon to Secretary and Minister in the Government
- Dignity of labor – not to look down on manual work
- Respect to the weak, children and women
- Repayment of debt
There is a pressing need for non-governmental organizations in India which can propagate values in the society.