Waking up at 0500, as usual, on the new year day, I open the newspaper. 1,016 files belonging to BBMP are recovered from an MLA’s private house. A BBMP executive engineer and 3 staff members work from the MLA’s house, found by Lokayukta.
The MLA states that he is innocent, but would not answer any other questions.
Over the past few years I have collected business cards of several government officials and politician holding government offices. A golden Ashoka emblem with the nation’s motto Satyameva Jayathe – Truth Alone Triumphs – is at the top of these cards. Does truth have a chance in most of these offices?
Our currency notes and coins too have the motto inscribed to remind us the primacy of truth every time we transact. Unfortunately, bribes are paid using the same currency notes each one reminding us about the triumph of truth.
The USA in 1776 had adopted a motto “E plubirun unum” roughly meaning Unity in
Diversity, suggesting that out of many peoples, races, religions, languages, and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation. In 1955, US Congress passed a bill to change the motto of the nation changed to “In God We Trust.” Congressmen claimed this to be one of the fundamental differences between the citizens of the US and communists. The motto is inscribed in US currency notes and coins. If an atheist or agnostic does a cash transaction, he still passes on in writing – in God we trust. May be better than stating that truth alone triumphs while conducting nefarious activities.
Or should we have different set of slogans for certain people – “God Save the Country”?