Skit Based on Corruption - Class Presentation

This is the play which we enacted for our [XI 'A'] class presentation a few weeks back. The play was written by two of us [Karthiga and I] and well... I thought it was worth posting it here, as it's about the most frequently discussed topic everywhere - Corruption.

Narrator: It’s August 14th, the day before the Independence Day and the day looked beautiful and promising. One lady is seen amongst the crowd. Though she looked like any normal woman, her noble and dignified demeanor set her apart from everyone else in the place. Yet, people went by without even throwing a glance at the stately lady. For some reason, she is invisible to their eyes. She is the Bharat Mata. Yes, the Mother of India. As she crossed a building, she heard some voices and stopped to listen.

Man: Sir, I need a CC for my daughter. Here is my ration card and the details of the child’s background.

Narrator: The officer verifies all the necessary papers.

Officer: Everything’s in order, but for one….

Man: I don’t understand sir…

Narrator: The officer rings the bell. His assistant enters.

Officer: Take him out and explain the procedures here.

Assistant: Yes sir. [After coming out] Give me 500 rupees. You know the procedure or what?

Man: But sir… I am from a poor family and I have enough money only to pay my child’s school fee and today’s the last day too. Please sir…

Assistant: Even I have a child who’s been asking for a new cricket set and I have a few rupees short. So either hand over the money or else… well, you know the process.


Narrator: The man gives away, half-heartedly.

Assistant: You must attach 200 rupees along with the details, if you want to get it signed.

Man: But sir…I…

Assistant: If you are to argue with the officer like this. He may even tear the CC in anger and you will never get it.

Narrator: The man hands out the money bitterly cursing under his breath

Man: They get salary from the government for doing their jobs and yet… Don’t know how I’m going to pay my child’s fee…

Bharat Mata: Goodness… This is outrageous!

Narrator: But then her spirits rose a little.

BM: There’ll always be one or two black sheep everywhere. Let me try some other place. Surely it’ll be a better story there.

Narrator: She turns towards a building, hoping it would brighten things up. It was the Electricity Board Department.

Woman: Sir, I have telephoned and even launched 3 complaints that the street lights aren’t working in our street for the past 4 months. People… especially children, suffer a lot…

Officer: Sorry ma’am… your complaint didn’t reach me.

Woman: What do you mean it didn’t reach you? It was me who had filed them directly to you, sir! I hope you don’t expect me to believe what you say!


Officer [to his assistant]: You there… take this woman out.

Narrator: Outside the office:


Assistant: What’s wrong with you ma’am? Why don’t you just give him what he asked for?

Woman: What do you mean?

Assistant: Bribe ma’am, bribe… as you people call it. If you want your work to get done, you must give him money.

Woman [indignantly]: This is unfair… then what is he paid by the government for? Next beggars will start demanding coins from us!

Assistant: You don’t argue and waste time here. Either give the money or move away.

Narrator: Bharat Mata watched as the woman gave a scathing look at the electricity board and gave the money to the office assistant. She looked near hopeless and crestfallen. Just then, she overhears a conversation between a rich man and another officer from the income tax department.

Rich Man: Tax… What the hell should I pay the government for? It’s just like throwing the money into a bottomless well. I’m not dependent on them anyway…

Narrator: His cell phone rings

IT officer: Sir, there’s going to be an income tax raid in your home, tonight at 8.00PM. It’s secretly arranged, so be prepared, sir.

Rich Man: Right… I’ll see to it.

IT officer: Meanwhile pay some attention on this poor man, sir…


Rich Man: Sure… It’ll be done.

Narrator: Later, the IT officer’s wife calls him on phone.

IT officer: Hello?

Wife: Everything has reached us safely. All the appliances are from good companies. I think our child will be very happy with her new laptop.


BM [forlornly]: I never expected this… Even the family members, who are supposed to advice these corrupt officials against this vice, are supporting them. Where are the leaders who are responsible for all this disorder and chaos??

Narrator: Just then, she perceived a crowd of supporters following a politician. The throng was going from house to house. In one house…

Politician [slyly]: I’m a candidate in this upcoming general election. I need your votes to win, so please do vote for me. Here is a compliment from me, for your support.

Narrator: He hands out a 1000 rupee note and the poor man gets it, without any expression in his face. At this, Bharat Mata’s mind began to swirl. Politicians bribing people, people bribing officials, officials bribing politicians, politicians bribing people… It seemed like a cycle that will never end. But then, something the poor man did made her look up.

Poor man: We’re not selling our votes here. Please go away.

Narrator: And he quietly handed back the note to the irate politician. The Bharat Mata sighed in relief. A ray of hope had just come into her heart. Tired, she sits down in a bench by the road. A girl is walking on the road and stops by the same bench.

Girl: Are you alright, Miss?

Narrator: This surprises the Bharat Mata.

BM: Can you see me?

Girl: Of course, I can see you! I have eyes for a reason. So what’s up?

BM: I don’t think I can bear any more corruption…

Girl: Oh… So you’re a victim of that dreaded disease too, huh?

BM: You mean there's someone you know who is....?

Girl: I am! Just a few days ago I had to file an RTI application to get my work done in one of those government departments. People call me a fool for wasting so much time, when I could easily have done it with some money…

Narrator: The girl pauses, as if she was going through the events of the past few days.

Girl: But I’m not going to give any money... not even a paise! Why should I? This is brazen injustice and I’m not going to tolerate it any longer.

Narrator: She looked pensive and had her eyes fixed somewhere in mid-air. Bharat Mata didn't break the silence, as she watched the girl curiously. Then, suddenly with the vigor of someone who had made a decision, she got up.

Girl: I think I’ve got to go… Got some work to do. It was nice meeting you.

Narrator: And she rushed off without a second glance. Bharat Mata got up from the bench. She looked again towards the direction in which the girl had gone and she smiled. There was still hope…

Compeer: And that my dear friends, is the end of the skit. Corruption in India thrives on our indifference and ignorance. Many of us are going to face corruption one day or the other, and when we do, we should be sure that we don’t yield to this vice. It’s high time we understood the difference between adjusting to situations and tolerating injustice, because in the latter case, the more we tolerate, the more injustice will be inflicted on us. Let’s “Be the change we want to see in the world.” Jai Hind!
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82 comments:

  1. THANKS A LOT I \T HELPED ME A LOT

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  2. Ur welcome... thanx for reading :)

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  3. wow.....excellent play...i wish i could have seen the play :D

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  4. Well, our class didn't really act well, so it was somewhat like a sodhappal... :/

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  5. GOOD! Very Nice.......
    I needed it.
    Thanxxxx

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  6. Your very welcome :) Thanks for your comment.

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  7. Your so welcome :D Thanks for reading.

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  8. It is an awesome Play!!
    Great work! :)
    Thanx for Posting it!

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  9. Thanks :) Glad you liked it!

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  10. it was reallt nys reading ur short sweet nd simple skit.....i knw it'll defin8ly hlp me alot wid my class project!! all the very very bestt for the bryt future of CHANGE....:)

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  11. lol... Thanks :) Happy to help.

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  12. it was just awesome.......who ever has written this script has done a wonderfull job

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  13. It is very nice.........
    Thanks... for posting it.
    It helped me a lot in my class project.........
    Thanks..........

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  14. it was a very good script .it helped me a lot

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  15. it's too superb yaaaar
    it has helped me a lot
    hats off to the script writer

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  16. @Shilpa, Chinmayee, Raju, Saurabh: wow thanks a lot :)

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  17. ty for posting it was a great help to me

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  18. amazing script it helps us alot

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  19. Really frnd. We r the person, who cn increase the corruption and we r the person who cn stop the corruption. Its our nation, our life and our decision.

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  20. awesome!! loves it seriously....we r doing it on d stage hope it willl be good...fingers crossed! i'm bharat mata...........
    jai hind

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  21. @Pooja Raju: Wow... All the best!! :D

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  22. it also helped me

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  23. very nice skit
    u guys could hav made the ending a little better
    other wise hates off
    excellent job

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  24. Awesome buddy...............JAI - HiND..!!!

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  25. Superb skit thanks aaaa llllloooottt!!!!!

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  26. great skit! used it in a school assembly thanks!!!

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  27. extremely well thought-out skit! thanks - using it in a school program!

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  28. extremely thankful .......it was something very useful

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  29. A very true story . thnx a lot

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  30. :) tnx a lot i need it...:))

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  31. hmm.. nyc1.. tnx alot..........:))

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  32. excellent work you can be a good director pr writter well done

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  33. i am really very much impressed with your work good

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  34. Helped my sis a lot.. I howevr edited this a lot for a 5th standard girl's team.. Nice script and nice concept of Bharath Matha as a simple woman to a girl..!!!! Really nice one... thanx a lot...

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  35. awesome.i,m doing this play on stage hope it comes good

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  36. amazing it helped me a lot in my class project...
    thnx to the writer.....

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  37. awsm scrip..its a realistic..gud job..m gng o perfrm dis play..its a voice against curptn..

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  38. can i use this script to play in our function?

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  39. i want a script in marathi but i liked this scprit and will translate it into marathi ....thanks!!!

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  40. amazing skit!!!! i am in 10 std and i think now we can project this skit in the class as our holiday h.w.

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  41. so nice ! great work!

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  42. superb play..... we also thnkng to act it on annual function of my skul... with some modifications but keeping the theme real.... (y) superlike for this.....

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  43. NYC PLAY .....
    HOPE IT GETS ME THE FIRST PRIZE
    FINGERS CROSSED !!!!

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  44. it was very helpful for our class skit
    and whoever composed the script was really having a creative mind
    thnks a lot team CHANGE
    :)))))))

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  45. It Was Really Interesting and also very helpful

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  46. we selected this skit for inter house skit competition and we stood first

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  47. awesome ! wonderfull it was the best to play on stage
    these days thankxxxxx!

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  48. acted as mirror for the current situation of our country,,good script....

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  49. what are accessories u needed to wear for this skit.?

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  50. so nice i do know how they have wrote it .every one should read to it and should solve this big problem in our. finally its so inspiaring

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  51. really nice one..........

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  52. good concept...really helped lot !!!

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  53. im gonna do this skit in my class best skit ever

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  54. You people havd really done excellent job...!

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  55. magnanimous effort ! i'll try my best to make my kids perform well this play..............Thanx a lot

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  56. it helped me a lot and thanks

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  57. thanku thanku thanku............. my teachers liked it very much thanks for posting it

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  58. very nice concept

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  59. yaaa nice skit..der is no happy endin.. :(

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  60. thanks it is a nyc skit planning to hve it on 15th aug dis year at my skool

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  61. I love this skit I shall do this skit for my grade two children this 15 August I hope it comes out well.

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  62. Nice Story...
    Helped me a lot...
    Thanx..

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  63. nice skit
    and this helped me and my friends to get full marks in our group work
    thanks very much

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  64. nice.......................................

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  65. this was really gud but if you`ll have any other script on this topic so plzz post it with in sum hrs & or have any other script on any aother topic so it will also do..

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  66. thank you it helped me for my play on corruption

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  67. wow very inspiring story i think it should be read by each person

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  68. Play was superbb.... Theme was excellent.... Thanxx a lot for a help...

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  69. friends if the poor man that common sense of efficient usage of his given right WHY CAN WE?

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  70. what is meant by cc please tell me quickly

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  71. good but very boring . now a day we want a little fun type

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  72. what is CC?? play was awesome and our team got first place in the class

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  73. Can i use this script in drama for the function of 26th January??????

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  74. gud one helped my frnds a lot pls post more

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  75. nice play i think the message should circulate and must be read by every person......do post more..:-)

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