“We should start a movement that will result in a change in social attitude so that we boycott people we identify as corrupt; this will have a better effect than conviction, which comes after years,” said Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde.
He was speaking at a rally against corruption and price rise organised by the Karnataka Rajya Samudaya Samanvaya Samiti (KRSSS) here on Saturday.
Street plays and songs were performed at the rally, which was a festival of sorts against corruption. It also had an exhibition of cartoons and caricatures.
Terming New Delhi as “the headquarters of corruption”, Mr. Hegde said: “We have, as a class, understood the damage being done to the country. In the case of collusive corruption, where big corporate companies grab property, the country starts losing big money. Take the example of the 2G scam where we lost Rs. 1.74 lakh crore. Imagine how much development we could have achieved with such an amount,” he added. He said Anna Hazare's Bangalore trip had been very successful and there would be a joint meeting with the Government next week.
Writer K. Marulasiddappa spoke on conspicuous consumption and the widening rich-poor gap.
Well-known television and film personality T.N. Seetharam pointed out that we had come to a state of accepting corruption, if not glorifying it. Referring to the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda's jatha, playwright G.K. Govinda Rao took a jibe at the media's reportage saying, “We have to believe what the Government says. If it says a crow is white, we have to caw the same thing too.”