Article On Corruption in India
“Corruption is a tree, whose branches are of an immeasurable length; they spread everywhere.”
Corruption, in one form or another, is a worldwide phenomenon. But everyone admits that corruption is something ugly, immoral and detestable. Unfortunately, in our country, corruption has become a part of life. It has entered the very roots of the Indian society.Our ministers are corrupt; our officers are corrupt; our people are corrupt. Every politician, without exception, is corrupt. Even our anti-corruption departments fall an easy prey to the viles of the corrupt persons and they let them go scot free after minor punishment. The law of a land is too weak to deal with the corrupt elements with an iron hand.
To our nation, one of the greatest dangers is not from outside, but from inside. And it is not so much from anti social elements, but from the so called most respectable persons – mean, corrupt leaders, bureaucrats and employees.
As present, corruption has crossed all limits. It has spread from the highest to the lowest strata of society. Indeed, it is shameful to know that we are considered among the top few most corrupt countries of the world. Our leaders, who are elected by the masses with their votes in the hope that they would serve them most honestly for five years, only utilize their time in feathering their own nests. They have no scruples and no qualms of conscience. They indulge in all types of malpractice most unashamedly. They throw all their promises to the winds and act on the contrary to what they themselves preach. They live in practical homes and move about in luxury cars, while those who have voted them to power wallow in squalor, and lead a life of misery and starvation.
Our bureaucrats are hand in glove with the politicians and the carry out their dubious orders like pet dogs, getting likewise creamy crumbs and loans and favours. If they are ever caught in cases of corruption, politicians are there to save them. Both have amassed enough money (much more disproportionate to their known source of income) to pay to the greedy, unscrupulous, learned lawyers to save them from punishment in the law courts, since the present laws, have enough loopholes to save the rich and the mighty so that only the little fight are caught in the net.
The present position is such that a common man feels greatly harassed. He cannot get anything done without greasing the palms of the concerned officials. A file cannot move from one table to the another unless it is made to move with the help of a bribe. In all routine matters like getting a telephone connection, getting a telephone or an electric meter repaired, getting a loan sanctioned, getting a licence approved, getting a new hob and even getting selected in an interview or admitted to some course, one has to pay huge sums in the form of bribe or donation. One has also to give huge amounts of money to get a piece of land or a motor vehicle registered in one’s name even after having paid its service.
There is no surprise that India is a land of scams. We have had a number of scams like the securities scam, Bofors scam, Hawala scam, urea scam, sugar scam, wheat scam, housing scam and even Fodder scam, besides several bank scams. The rich and the mighty have all the facilities to enjoy life while the poor have to suffer and make one sacrifice after the other.
Challenges of fighting Corruption :
Social and spiritual organizations can give a good healthy education to the public. Strong boards like the U.P.S.C. should be organized to deal with anti-social elements. Persons of strong character should be employed. The Government employees must be told to withstand any temptation while discharging their duties.The education system of the country should be re-oriented to inculcate a spirit of honesty amongst the people.
All ministers and public servants should be made to declare their assets. The vigilance department should keep a constant eye on the corrupt officers and other public servants. Ministers and senior officials must set noble examples of an honest living free from corruption, bribery, nepotism and immorality. The law of the land should be provided with more teeth to deal with the corrupt elements. Corruption, at any level, is bad. The Government should launch a vigorous campaign against this social evil. Charity, however, must begin at home.