The root of all evil
The destroyer of every system
The pest in our society
The demon that suffers every idealist
The silent killer of all good
Is rooted in our own hearts.
It is the temptation for more
It is the motive to go wrong
It destroys law abiding man
It helps injustice grow
It neutralizes efforts to do good
It leaves people disheartened
It destroys positivism in man
When rampant leads to revolution.
Corrupt are not just the employees
Contractors, businessman, industrialists,
All those who do not follow ethics
Those who exploit situations
Be he a coolie or a tycoon is corrupt
And an enemy of all in the society.
No religious guru talks about it
No government controls it
No politician speaks against it
No intellectual writes about it
Any voice that rises against it
Will be a lone voice easy to crush
All accepted this as inevitable evil.
Be less selfish and help your neighbor
Said a great Telugu poet, Gurajada
If followed in letter and spirit
Can root out corruption
More effectively than digitization.
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