Aunty, why is everyone discussing about the CVC? Asked my 15 year old grand niece.
Well, a person becomes the subject of discussion for his/her commissions or omissions, I said.
You mean to say for doing good deeds and bad deeds? She wished to know.
To be precise for doing bad deeds more than good ones, I explained.
Why does such a powerful person indulge in bad deeds? But, aunty what exactly do you mean by a bad deed? The girl asked.
In this case case a bad deed could be abusing one’s power for vested interest, I replied.
What is that ? she asked again.
Using his/her official power for personal gain, I said.
You mean to make money ? Don’t you think that’s wrong? She asked next.
Well, Kruthi, it is wrong for you and me, may not be for some, I said not wishing to continue the debate.
CVC stands for Chief Vigilance Commissioner, doesn’t it? she said.
Unfortunately that’s a mistake the media seems to be committing, including the anchors on the TV, I regretted.
Then what is the right expansion? She asked.
It is Central Vigilance Commissioner, I replied.
No, aunty, I think it should be Corrupt Vigilance Commissioner because you said bad deed means abuse of power . Our teacher taught us what Lord Acton has said : Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
I was at a loss for words.
n.meera raghavendra rao