Monday, 17 March 2014

Standing 'Against' It When I Wanted To Stand 'For' It!

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How does it feel like to be transported back in time...

To one of those eras of one's own life?

To one of those care-free, childlike times of one's own life...

School Time?

College Time?


With Co-Curricular Activities On Our Mind?

With Collegiate Societies On Our Mind?

Apart From Academics, Of Course!


It Sure Was Fun & Frolic Back Then, Wasn't It?


I  remember waiting eagerly for... 

The Debate Club at School...

And the Literature Society at College...


How avid one of those Debating - Interjecting Sessions used to be...


I always used to pick the harder to support side of an argument...

For instance...

If the motion was - 'Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely'...

It would be fairly easy to frame an argument agreeing to the above statement, in my opinion.


It would be difficult to support the point that...

Absolute Power DOES NOT Corrupt Absolutely...


And I liked to take up the difficult part...



How does it feel like to be reminded of one of those 'dear - to - the - heart' School or College memoirs by one of your own contemporaries...

The Friends & Co - Bloggers at Project 365 have done just that...

Put Up A Contentious Prompt, For The Day!


And as a matter of fact...

There's One Argument In My Mind, Perfectly Suited For This Prompt.

The Motion For The Day Is...


Bribery And Corruption - Stepping Stones To Fame And Prosperity...

Personally, I would've liked to take up the difficult part of supporting the motion...

Of saying that the wealthy Babus are actually prospering, if not getting famous, for one part.

But, since I'm Guest Authoring Project 365...

There's bound to be a twist!

And I have a feeling - this role reversal is going to be Great!


With That Said...

Here's Presenting Yours Truly - Against The Motion... 

That Bribery & Corruption Are Stepping Stones To Fame & Prosperity!



Ours Is A Democratic Republic.

Our Preamble starts with the words...

"WE, The People Of India".


Not I...

Not Me...

Not Myself...

Selfish interests have not been accounted in the least.
And to Bribe & to be Corrupt is essentially to be Selfish...

But, true fame and prosperity cannot go hand in hand with bribery and corruption...
Prosperity encompasses wealth, health and happiness.
To be famous is essentially to be honored.

सत्यमेव जयते। 

This is the truth, that cannot be negated.

At no point in his life will a dishonest person be able to free himself of the consequences of his action.
So, even if he gains the wealth of the whole world, he loses his soul and thus can never truly prosper.

Such wealth can only give one a false sense of security and complacence, i.e. we miss the wheat, for the chaff, which comes attractively packaged.

People who talk the language of bribery and corruption are often up for sale, themselves.
Greedy doctors perform unnecessary operations, lawyers bend the truth, accountants and secretaries falsify reports but when the bubble bursts, the corrupt find themselves standing amid the ruins of their own lives.

How can a guilty conscience field a strong character?
So, how can fame & prosperity be buttressed by spineless individuals?

By Hook Or By Crook...

Sounds pretty good...

Only That...

The Crook Ends Up Hanging From The Hook, Himself!

It is not just the end that's important but the means to reach that end.

We cannot progress by destroying the moral and social thread of the people.

If you believe that corruption and bribery define a way of life, you are casting yourself in the sorry state of the Devil's Advocate, Dear Friend...

Corruption takes away vigor from our arms, wisdom from our councils and every shadow of authority and credit from the most venerable parts of our being.

For, Bribery & Corruption can buy you an Existence but certainly not a Life.


This post is a part of the WordPress Daily Prompts : 365 Writing Prompts program where the aim is to post at least one post a day based on the day's prompt.

Today's Prompt was a 'Free Prompt' provided to all of us, Guest Authors.

The Prompt is, Bone Of Contention - 'Pick A Contentious Issue About Which You Care Deeply.
Write A Post Defending The Opposite Position And Then Reflect On How It Was Like To Do That.'

This is my Fifth Post as a guest author to Project 365 : We Post Daily!


  1. Pretty powerful words there Poonam..enjoyed your take on the prompt :) unique and hard hitting

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Sid.
      Keep Visiting. :)

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Harshvardhan!
      Keep Visiting. :)

  3. Very true, Poonam.
    You have rightly said-
    This is the truth, that cannot be negated.

    1. Thanks for appreciating the effort, Anita!
      Keep Visiting. :)

  4. Hi Poonam.
    How are you?
    Came over to your blog after seeing your post on Indiblogger.
    We are a married couple from Mumbai, very new to blogging.
    Loved your blog.
    Will be very happy if you could take some time and leave a comment at my blog, on my latest post.
    Best wishes and regards.
    Vee N Ric

    1. Hi Vee n Ric.
      Doing well and even better on seeing you coming over, and loving my writing. :)
      Heading to your blog right away.
      Keep Visiting. :)


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