April 17, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

Truth Triumphs

Are we a low trust society?

Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent and vital to good health. Trust begets trust! Trust is Reciprocal. Trust is the glue of healthy societies and the grease of economic prosperity.

It takes years to build and only minutes to ruin. Its presence often goes without notice. But its absence is hard to miss. A single lie is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed. Hypocrisy is no crime, I’d rather say, it is an art.

Is India a low trust nation?
India is a land of castes! Every caste acts as a significant minority! It has resulted in fractured societies. Such societies are characterised by low levels of trust between communities. Caste Spirit makes one knowledge-proof and change –proof. Caste System controls governance, Judgment and Justice. Caste spirit over rules everything else including mandated requirements even ethics!

I love my country – its culture, diversity and people. While we are largely proud to be Indians. But there are times when we feel ashamed. our values – those moral thoughts and behaviours we used to hold dear, like decency, civility, honesty and respect, as well as caring, optimism, empathy, and tolerance ruled! This country was a beacon of idealism and progressive values to people the world over.

Trust is hard to define, but we know when it’s lost. Hypocrisy is nothing new in India. In fact, it is so deeply ingrained in our psyche that it is perceived as the way of our life. Many say it is in the genes! A Hypocrite wears a mask each moment of his life. Hypocrisy has acquired a sense of fluidity.
Hypocrisy Is Just a Matter of Scale. It is unlimited!

• SC protects Right to Information for us, but claims immunity for itself from RTI
• In a marriage the girl has to be a virgin. It’s ok with boys- Boys are boys’
• All Indians are created equal but ‘no’ says Reservation policy
• Indian state is free from religion. There is no uniform civil code!
• We talk of women empowerment but sacrifice our daughters and mutilate them
• We condemn corruption but give and take bribes
• We preach and not practice
We pretend to have virtues that we do not possess. We all suffer from a positive self-image and are loathe to admit that we often behave immorally. Hypocrisy allows you to appear principled without principles.
The decline of trust must be addressed on individual and institutional levels! We need to be worthy of trust. To establish trust we must act with high integrity and competence in our personal lives and work. Adopt Transparency not only about our goals, but also about our methods. Adopt best practices and processes.

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