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LORD MACAULAY ADDRESS TO THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT, 2 FEBRUARY, 1835

I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.

LEARN, WHAT WE SHOULD, WITHOUT BLEMISH
AND DO STICK TO IT

‘HONESTY’ – is one of man’s primary traits: Alas it’s only on paper.

Corruption and bribe are ruling the roost. Rights and riches of the people are sunk deep in the ocean of corruption. Politicians and bureaucrats have jointly thrived to establish a rule of corruption. The illiterate as well as the elite have succumbed to the powers and pressures of the above unholy combine and have willy nilly come to accept corruption as a way of life. Those who dare to stand up to the injustice will have to face the ‘consequences’.

In such a fast world, we are content with getting our job done by whatever means. A honest man in public life or in Govt. service is considered an aberration. They face imminent change of place or loss of status This is the reward honest persons get at the hands of evil forces.

Corruption and bribe are diseases that have afflicted the mankind. They are not incurable though. The antidote is indeed with the people. That is ‘Awareness’ of and willingness to fight corruption.

There were quite a few conscientious people who have taken it upon themselves to fight and eradicate corruption from the society. Dr.VALLUVAN M.B.B.S. D.O., a successful Ophthalmologist who functioned as the Chairman of Virudhachalam municipality, in Cuddalore district of TamilNadu from 25.10.2001 to 24.10.2006 is one committed to such a mission. His impeccable integrity, professed antipathy against corruption and relentless desire to serve the people were enough to earn the wrath of powerful coterie of political bigwigs. He had to face problems aplenty. This documentary attempts to describe how he fought with great determination, the evil designs of the corrupt forces and succeeded in realizing his dreams, and ambitions.

Dr.Valluvan hails from Neivasal, a village in Cuddalore dist. He has earned a niche in the hearts of the rural population in the town by his very cordial and humane approach to his patients for more than 20 years... He has a contented family with wife Tamilselvi, son Balaji and daughter Mala.

Virudhachalam is one of five municipalities in Cuddalore district. It was by a sheer turn of events rather than any burning desire for power that Dr.Valluvan found himself as a candidate for the Chairmanship of the municipality. His election campaign itself was note worthy in that he completely avoided pomp and vulgar show of strength to garner votes. On the other hand he took to a door to door campaign accompanied by a couple of friends, telling people that his only purpose was to serve the people of Virudhachalam in getting the civic amenities that were denied to them. The effect was electric and people plumped for him with full hope and trust. Dr.Valluvan was elected as Chairman of Virudhachalam Municipality on the 25th of October 2001.

From day One in office Dr Valluvan avowed to give a clean and people friendly administration. Behind his seat in his room he had it written boldly on the wall that ‘Giving and taking bribe was a crime’ and ‘People were the masters and that he was their servant.’ He firmly believed that this would deter the Officials from demanding bribe and protect the public. Through out his tenure as Chairman, even in the face of trials and tribulations, Dr.Valluvan unswervingly stood his principles which was acknowledged in an article in the tamil weekly ‘Ananda Vikatan’ dated 8-10-2006.

When Dr.Valluvan assumed office the Municipality was in the red to the tune of Rs.50 lakhs and the staff had not been paid their salary for a good 5 months. Starting from this appalling financial position Dr.Valluvan was able to show a credit balance of more than Rs.2 crores when he demited office. Besides he was able to show development and improvement in all the sectors viz. roads, school buildings, street lighting water supply, health facilities and many more. Why this was not possible in the earlier periods. The reason is not far to seek. It was due to an organized loot of municipal funds by a group of vested, so called people’s representatives. Dr.Valluvan at once realized that judicial financial management with emphasis on putting down corruption and controlling bribery was the key to good governance and success. He planned it on three fronts.

  • Prudent control of expenditure.
  • curbing irregularities-plugging leakages in revenue
  • Identifying scopes for fresh revenue.

Achieve By Honesty : Dr.M.Valluvan No. 88 mariyamman kovil street Vriddhachalam - 606 001   - Email : drmvalluvan@ yahoo.com