People laugh these days when government — state and central — make tall promises about stamping out corruption. It’s like a part of our lives, something that our nation cannot do without. When we put this issue into perspective, we realise that we all play a role in sabotaging the efforts to eradicate this curse that has dampened a few good people’s efforts to make a difference. Of course, there are corrupt officials who would not do their job unless they get their share, and among the general public there are many who would not mind an odd hundred or five hundred or a thousand to get things done, quicker and smoother. Though the majority of the latter is slightly ashamed about their role in entrenching corruption, there are those who are vociferous defenders of the practice who retort: “How else can things be done here!” And so we settle for it, bit by bit, with or without the knowledge that we are slowing down our country from getting to the point of greatness that eminent people say is our rightful future. You may laugh if you hear our leaders are doing something about corruption. Apart from the Lokpal and Lokayukta bill, there are at least nine bills proposed and tabled, but yet to be passed by our esteemed representatives in the House. We hear it’s going to be a chaotic winter session, thanks to the disagreement among parties over foreign direct investment. The Prime Minister had plans of trying the dinner diplomacy on the main Opposition, the BJP, but to cancel it following the death of Bal Thackeray. After the brief lull in the war of words between them, things are heating up again. So, if you don’t think it too much of a trouble, would you, gentlemen and ladies in the House, kindly pass some of those anti-graft bills, please?