Science students of Christ College in the city were told on Monday that the
evil of political corruption plaguing Indian parliamentary system today
cannot be solved only by making more laws. "What is needed is the political
will and this needs public awareness, enlightened voting by an informed
electorate and mass movements," the director of Central Institute of
Representative Democracy (Cirede) and Academy of Communication and Media
Education (ACME), B. Someswar Rao told them.
He was the
chief guest at the launch of a certificate course in parliamentary practice,
which itself is a part of creating the awareness. Christ College is
organizing the course for the second consecutive year in collaboration with
Cirede. He theme this year is, "Democracy: Issues and Concerns".
One of the
slides he showed screamed: "Wanted More
Corruption" and explained that like viruses developing resistance
due to repeated use and under-dosage of the same medicine, society had begun
to accept corruption as normal and unavoidable. The media too played a role
by overexposing people to corruption and rarely highlighting honest and good
work. As in USA massive scandals spur reforms, he said giving examples.
Rev. Fr. Thomas C. Mathew, set the mood for the course, attended by over 200
students, by stressing the need to promote healthy parliamentary values and
democratic temperament. Prof. Rajasekharaiah, head of the Political Science
Department introduced the course and Cirede Chief Coordinator J.
Gnanashakher welcomed the participants