Ahmedabad 11th October 2009: The bright young brains of the Nation today gathered at the Gujarat NRE National Integrity Theme Presentation Contest at IIM A’s Insight 2009 to make an attempt to crack the code that connects corruption with terrorism. The topic for the contest was “Does Corruption feed Terrorism? How can we get rid of such Corruption?” The event received an enthusiastic response from the various premier B Schools as well as Engineering and Technical Institutes across the country. There were in all 25 entries, from which 9 teams were selected for the final presentation. The finalists were from IIM A, IIM B, IMT Gaziabad, NMIMS Mumbai, NITIE Mumbai, N L Dalmia Institute of Mngmt Studies and Research.
The first prize of Rs. 20000/- was won by Team Chakravyu of IIM Bangalore. Abhilash Sridharan of IIM Bangalore gave a vivid description of how corruption abets terrorism, by financing it, facilitating it, being made easy by the weak defense of the State. He went on to describe how proper implementation of rules, efficient judiciary, pragmatic and effective law enforcement can curb corruption and break its linkages with terrorism. The corporate world, civil society as well as the government machinery should join hand in tackling the cancer from spreading. The second prize of Rs.10,000/- was won by Nitin Bajaj and Harshita Mishra of NITIE Mumbai. The team from Mumbai highlighted the vicious circle of corruption rising out of depravity and poverty; exploitation of the same to fulfill ones greed, which goes on to become a breeding ground for terrorism. A consolation prize of Rs.1000/- was awarded to all the finalists.
The contest was judged by an eminent panel of judges comprising of Mr S K Nanda, Principal Secretary, Forest and Environment, Government of Gujarat; Mr Ajay Kumar Tomar, IGP, ATS, Ahmedabad; Mr R K Mishra, veteran journalist; Mr Javed Ameer of NGO Action Aid; Mr Arun Kumar Jagatramka, CMD Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd and faculty members of IIM A.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Arun Kumar Jagatramka, CMD Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd said that there is a lot of learning from Singapore, which was once much corrupt than India 20-25 years ago, but strong leadership and the will to do away corruption, has today made it one of the least corrupt nations. He said, “India’s march to become an economic superpower would get stalled if we do not stop this hydra headed monster of corruption from spreading. It is time for Corporate India to take the Lead.” Mr Ajay Kumar Tomar, IGP, ATS Ahmedabad said that we need to have a will of doing the right thing and to object strongly to any wrong doing from happening. Mr S K Nanda emphasized on tackling the root cause of corruption and insisted on an inclusive growth. Also while making his comments on the presentations, Mr R K Mishra, suggested that we should imbibe integrity into our daily life and see that we practice the same that we preach.