Thursday, November 24, 2005

It sucks to be honest

More so in India. There seems to be no incentive to be honest. I wonder why so many people keep trumpeting about vacuous words like honesty, integrity etc ad nauseam. A little reading and one could come up with a whole lot of examples why it sucks to be honest.

And that's exactly the reason why it's important to glorify people who commit themselves to maintain integrity.

Murder on the oil front

Ofcourse, the first mention goes to the latest victim – Manjunath, the IIML alumnus who was murdered in cold blood for trying to be sincere in his job. His story sounds like THE perfect script for a Bollywood movie: Hero gets a good education; unlike a lot of others, he decides to serve a Govt. company, and indirectly the country – which is a path less traveled by; he tries to seal an IOC outlet for adulterating oil; refuses offers of bribe; doesn’t yield to the threats; the ‘villans’ call him alone. It’s a perfect start for a picture perfect end.

Except that it’s not.

It’s real life, mind you. He gets murdered in cold blood, on a day when CAT was the focus of arguably the whole country. Every newspaper worth a mention devoted space to CAT – the window to dollar dreams and investment bank jobs. But then, our hero certainly wasn’t the character who figured in that highest-offer-till-date story.

What adds to the angst is that he chose to work where all the critics-in-mother-earth wanted every IITian and IIMite to work – to contribute to the country, residing in India. Whether the ‘brain drain’ from these institutes is a permanent loss to our country deserves a separate post, but it’s surprising that a story that’s very, very similar to that of S. Dubey (the IIT graduate) hasn’t got half that attention. Didn’t we call it a perfect story? Just count the number of articles in on Dubey.

Other bits and pieces

Coming back to the topic, I’ve personally seen people (including me) been the butt of undergrad jokes for the following:

1) Not copying in exams.
2) Attending all classes.
3) Waiting for the green light to appear in a traffic signal.

The point is: it sucks to be 'proper', even if you incline a wee bit towards that side. You might tolerate all jokes, but it’s most painful when you have to be ashamed for being honest. That’s what happens when you are outnumbered by one too many.

Again, a quote from Rediff that appeared while covering Dubey's case: “This is a clear signal to everyone that honesty in India has only one result -- failure. An honest citizen must be prepared to forfeit one's life.

Now, would Manju’s story alter the gun culture scene in states like UP/Bihar?

I can’t comment on that, but the PSUs are sure to take a beating (as if this isn’t the case) among the IIM community if pieces like these come out in the open. Because, as I said, there is zero incentive to be honest or to work with PSUs or somehow contribute to the country, unless people like these are glorified.

Please sign up the petition here:


At Friday, November 25, 2005 10:22:00 AM, Blogger Jammy said...

"there is zero incentive to be honest" - wrong dude. There are lots of incentives, the main incentive being the belief that others will place on you. I have no idea why you need to be ashamed of being honest. Honesty might not be the best policy in today's scenario, but it surely is one policy that you can be proud of.

At Friday, November 25, 2005 6:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too angry with Jammy on the subject of honesty. I think this incident is being overly extrapolated. It is a sad event but such things, though not totally uncommon, are the price that one pays.

At Friday, November 25, 2005 6:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is agree and not angry ..sorry

At Friday, November 25, 2005 7:01:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

@Jammy: I quite agree with you that some people would be willing to place more trust on you, but there would allso be a fair share of people whom you have no way of getting-close-to if you are a honest guy. And trust for them is a matter of closeness than integrity.

And yes, I've been proud most of the time, but if the circle is huge and you are the only odd person, you will feel left out, no matter what.

At Saturday, November 26, 2005 4:16:00 PM, Blogger Hemu said...

I am crying and writing this comment, well i knew this manjunath bhai for the past 15 years , for the past 4 years i lost his whereabouts, I am none other than his junior in KV Beml nagar, Kolar gold fields,karnataka the school which had laid foundation to our life.

Unable to sink in the news.

well i still remember his famous prize winning song "paal irukum, palum irrukum" from an old tamil film.

i would like to say a bold incident in his childhood day when children of our school were having lunch, accidentally one small boy had hit a bee hive and it started harming few of the ladies who had come to give lunch to their children , this manjunath bhai went and covered few ladies with the towels on which his friends were eating and asked all of them to lie backward, he was a tru scout also down, in the process he avoided a major incident and he was bitten badly by the bees and was hospitalized for some days before recovering.

His parents did encourage me in my chilhood telling son of a teacher should be brilliant and earn a good name to his parents, well my father had worked with shanmugam uncle and was a trainer in BEML.

Well still many memories in my mind, shattered in the news.

May manjunath bhai's soul rest in peace.



At Saturday, November 26, 2005 5:00:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

@Hemu: Thats moving. Please get in touch with Maybe they need more information on him...

At Saturday, November 26, 2005 5:42:00 PM, Blogger Hemu said...

govar, i am sorry i have forgotten many things, it would be better to ask any one from KV Beml nagar 95 12th passout or KV beml nagar 10th passout as manjunath bhai belonged to this batch, he was a good singer, and rest i dont remember much as i passed out from the same school in 96 in 10th , i am sorry i dont remember much,

please do convey the message to manjunathshanmugam blog to which i had also mailed.

At Saturday, November 26, 2005 8:04:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

I'll try to put it in their blog...



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