The biggest accomplice to the crime of corruption, it is said, is our own indifference. It is time to end that indifference.
There is much controversy about Anna Hazare and his Jantar Mantar movement of April 2011, but he has showed emerging India that if the indifference is discarded it is possible to become the change we seek.
But this change needs long-term commitment, mass involvement and constant pressure to ensure tax money is used to create a new India instead of being sucked into a black hole of corruption.
The need is urgent.
Current spending patterns indicate that corruption and bad administration over the next five years could suck away $100 billion in public money. That’s enough to wipe out India's budget deficit and potentially transform the nation.
Only pressure from an alert and informed citizenry can ensure taxpayers’ money is used to change India.
Through its editions and website, Hindustan Times will offer interactive national and local platforms for this change through ReImagining India, an editorial series that will not only track the corruption we now take for granted but also analyse initiatives to re-imagine the country's systems and processes.
Get involved, now. It is time.