The President of a marketing company had appointed a committee of 3 persons, a HR Manager, an Accounts Manager and a Sales Manager, to recommend ways to reduce the company’s travelling expenses by 10% without adversely affecting the company’s operations.
At the annual Budget Meeting, the Committee was making a presentation about their initial findings and the further course of action. The Service Manager realised that the Committee had focussed almost completely on the travelling expenses incurred by Sales Engineers and Service Engineers. He pointed out that, while the number of engineers was 5 times the number of managers, the total travelling expenses incurred by the managers was double the total travelling expenses incurred by the engineers. Hence the focus should be on the travelling expenses incurred by the managers. He suggested that the company’s travelling expenses could be reduced by over 15% if all managers flew Economy Class instead of Executive/Business Class and stayed at 4 Star hotels instead of 5 Star hotels. The suggestion was shouted down by all the managers present. Not even one person was willing to consider the Service Manager’s suggestion!
This incident illustrates exactly what happens in our country. Everybody wants change. But most people expect change to happen! Very few people are willing to change themselves.
Now that the AAP will form the Government in Delhi, many, if not most of those who voted for the AAP will assume that they have finished doing their bit by voting for the AAP, and that all the ills that have been plaguing Delhi will be removed by the AAP Government in no time.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Let us consider corruption. We all know that bribes are taken by policemen/officials/bureaucrats/politicians. But we conveniently forget that the same bribes are given by us. We have got used to getting work done by paying ‘speed money’ or having our misdemeanours overlooked by paying bribes. For corruption to be eradicated, both the bribe-takers and the bribe-givers have to change for the better.
The same holds for all other issues. While steps must be taken to prevent wrongdoing by officials and contractors, the general public also has to behave responsibly.
AAP’s broom will clean up Delhi, but it’s not a magical broom. It won’t work on its own. It will work only if most people in Delhi pick it up and use it for the common good.
Best wishes to the AAP Government and to the people of Delhi!