Last day lots of formalities were in the pipeline but preparing the demand draft of 15K for his old company was urgent. He wasted no time and with a speed of 40 km/hr, he reached his bank. Monday morning, first half, bank was jam packed. It took 30 minutes for Rukhi to finish his work, before he could rush to his bike. To his surprise he found a friend waiting for him. It was the Traffic Police (TP), waiting with bright and hungry eyes.
TP: Is this your bike?
Rukhi: Yes it is, why?
TP: Give me your license, it’s parked on the pavement and you need to pay fine.
Rukhi: Where is the board of No-Parking? I can’t see and I was in a hurry so had no options.
The argument started to gain some more heat and Rukhi did what he thought it was best at that time.
Rukhi: Take 300/- and let me go
TP: Sorry it’s less; pay me more, if you want to escape fine.
Rukhi requested but the TP was hungry for more. He saw a nice catch on a Monday morning for the TP. The argument caught some attention by one of the seniors of TP who was standing nearby.
Senior TP: What’s wrong, TP settle the issue and let him go.
Rukhi by now who was behaving like a gentleman was no more willing to run away.
Rukhi: No Sir, I want to pay the full fine. I am ready to pay 1000/- but I am not willing to give a single penny to the TP.
TP: With a sense of politeness, Sir give me 300/- and you go to office.
Rukhi: No I want to pay the fine so please charge me.
Rukhi paid a fine of 500/- and left with satisfaction and the TP had to be satisfied by keeping the slip of 500/-.
I know Rukhi could have paid 200/- less but he was happy to pay the fine rather than paying the bribe. Initially like all of us, Rukhi wanted to rush by paying a small bribe but later he paid the fine. Don’t you think we should follow this rather than tweeting about corruption and doing nothing. This week Anna Hazare fasted for the JanLokpalBill. India salutes his willpower but the revolution is from here. Are we ready for the road ahead or will this die with the media coverage.
I am ready to stop corruption at my end, WILL YOU?