All of us do favours – especially to our loved ones. I am not referring to things like helping at home as a favour – its your duty! I am talking about bigger things…
Lets say, your son or daughter is a very average student (just pass category), and you have a good deal of money and influence. Now, you need to get him/her join a college. If you go via the open category, there is no chance for getting a medical seat – the scores are not even near! So, would you use both your money and influence to get him/her the medical seat that they don’t deserve?
I guess, a lot of us would do it provided we have enough resources. Its clearly an undeserved favour. It helps on the short run – we can brag to everyone that our son/daughter got a medical seat, that too with our influence and connections… But what happens on the long run? Can the student even pass the MBBS examination? Even if they pass it, do they have a chance of specializing with a Masters degree? Some people with too much influence might even go to the extant of chasing the papers and buying the degree… What happens when such people become doctors? Do you think they will do justice to their profession?
These are all questions that we do not consider, we think its ‘chalta hai’ when such open bribing happens in the name of donations. But when we/ our loved one gets a horrible treatment due to the doctor’s negligence, we get all energized and angry.
There was one incident I read in the book by Verghese Kurien, ‘I too had a Dream’. Verghese Kurien goes to the United States on Government of India scholarship and returns back, where he is told that he needs to work at a research institute at Anand for Rs. 350/- a month salary. Since he already had a job offer elsewhere, he tries to reject it. But the Under Secretary, Education warns him that the Government will sue him for the Rs. 30,000 they spent on his foreign education.
So, he goes to his uncle and asks him if he can help him get relieved. His uncle was the Finance Minster of India, and could have easily done it if he had wanted to. But his uncle refused. Not only that, his salary was increased to Rs. 600/- a month by the Under Secretary after knowing that he was the nephew of the Finance Minister, and hence getting the approvals would not be difficult.
I quote response for that, from the book – ” ‘The finance ministry will never agree’ declared my uncle. My aunt asked him why it bothered him if I was going to get a better salary. ‘Its my job to see that he does not get it’. replied my uncle. Such were the principles and standards of the Government of India those days “.
PS: I understand that every one would agree to this in principle, but when it comes to action, would we follow our principles? Do let me know, in the comments section.