The first question regarding corruption is What is Corruption ? The answer is very simple to tell but is extremely complecated to understand. Technically corruption is any kind of act in self interset to use public services illegally. Now there are several situations when we don’t follow the law but that is not corruption if it is in public interset. Like if you give five extra minute to a sick student in exam then it is against rule but is not a kind of corruption but if you give four extra minutes for rupees then it is a kind of corruption. It is the simplest example to distinguish corruption and humanity.
The corruption is not always visible but is always observable. It means one can observe every kind of corruption but corruption is not always visible. For example, if a sub division officer is not taking any action against his junior for the offence of corruption then it is a kind of invisible corruption but is still observable. Now it comes to cause of corruption. Who is the real cause of the corruption ? We can’t give the whole credit to the system. We are equally responsible for the same thing. No doubt the system don’t let us allow to change itself but remember we can change it slowly.
Lets ask one question to your mind. Why should I loose my chance to get something illegally which others are getting ? For example, there is a job opportunity and someone equally qualified as you are is trying jack, then should you use a jack ? This question has every answer. It is not illegal or is not morally wrong. It completely depends upon you. We know corruption is a way of living for everyone nowadays. But the main question is who is responsible ? Now I think you understand, we the people are responsible, not the system. Now you will ask that how one can change the system ?
I am not expecting a change in the system from you but just try to change yourself a bit. Just a bit not completely. Just try to change small things and see large things will be automatically changed. I am not saying to stop bribe but what I am saying is don’t try to bribe. Just control yourself. Give bribe when it is the only way because one can’t stay backward while others are going forward. But never ask someone to bribe when you have a long way. Never try to take a short-cut but walk no the wrong way if and only if it is the only one. Don’t miss your opportunity. Now I think I made my point clear. Isn’t it ?
The system will be changed by your efforts but don’t let system change your life. Try to change things upto a limit only. This is the best way to get rid of this way of living. Corruption is not a problem for those who are on class I rank in the country. It is a problem for common man in India. So the effort must come from the common man. Bribe is not bad according to me if it is the only way but is not good if there is a hard single way there. For example I have a job opportunity and giving bribe as I am most qualified and is asked and there is no way out then do you think bribe is bad ? I don’t think so.
According to me it is not bad if after selection I don’t ask people to bribe. If I don’t support bribe after selection then Its ok to bribe to change the scenario. Everyone has his own way over this issues. Give your way of thinking over corruption here but give the practical way out not the theoritical one. Corruption In India All luxury corrupts either the morals or the state. – Joubert Corruption in the Indian society has prevailed from time immemorial in one form or the other. The basic inception of corruption started with our opportunistic leaders who have already done greater damage to our nation.
People who work on right principles are unrecognized and considered to be foolish in the modern society. Corruption in India is a result of the connection between bureaucrats, politicians and criminals. Earlier, bribes were paid for getting wrong things done, but now bribe is paid for getting right things done at right time. Further, corruption has become something respectable in India, because respectable people are involved in it. Social corruption like less weighing of products, adulteration in edible items, and bribery of various kind have incessantly prevailed in the society.
In today’s scenario, if a person wants a government job he has to pay lakhs of rupees to the higher officials irrespective of satisfying all the eligibility criteria. In every office one has either to give money to the employee concerned or arrange for some sources to get work done. There is adulteration and duplicate weighing of products in food and civil supplies department by unscrupulous workers who cheat the consumers by playing with the health and lives of the people. In the assessment of property tax the officers charge money even if the house is built properly according to the Government rules and regulations.
Political corruption is worst in India. The major cause of concern is that corruption is weakening the political body and damaging the supreme importance of the law governing the society. Nowadays politics is only for criminals and criminals are meant to be in politics. Elections in many parts of the country have become associated with a host of criminal activities. Threatening voters to vote for a particular candidate or physically prevent voters from going in to the polling booth – especially weaker sections of the society like tribals, dalits and rural woman occurs frequently in several parts of the country.
Recently, the Government increased the salary of the M. P. ’s from Rs. 16, 000 to Rs. 50, 000, that is 300% increase to the existing salary. But many of them are unhappy with rise and want the Government to increase the salary to a much more extent. This clearly shows how the politicians are in constant thirst for monetary benefits and not caring about the welfare of the people. Tax evasion is one of the most popular forms of corruption. It is mostly practiced by Government officials and politicians who lead to the accumulation of black money which in turn spoils the moral of the people.
Major Factors Responsible For Corruption: 1. The most important factor is the nature of the human being. People in general, have a great thirst for luxuries and comforts and as a result of which they get themselves involved in all unscrupulous activities that result in monetary or material benefits. 2. Moral and spiritual values are not given utmost importance in educational system, which is highly responsible for the deterioration of the society. 3. The salary paid to employees is very less and as a result of which they are forced to earn money by illegal ways. 4. The punishments imposed on the criminals are inadequate. 1. The political leaders have spoiled the society completely. They lead a luxurious life and do not even care about the society. 2. People of India are not awakened and enlightened. They fear to raise their voice against anti-social elements prevailing in the society. Measures To Control Corruption: There are some specific measures to control increasing corruption. 1. The Right to Information Act (RTI) gives one all the required information about the Government, such as what the Government is doing with our tax payments.
Under this act, one has the right to ask the Government on any problem which one faces. There is a Public Information Officer (PIO) appointed in every Government department, who is responsible for collecting information wanted by the citizens and providing them with the relevant information on payment of a nominal fee to the PIO. If the PIO refuses to accept the application or if the applicant does not receive the required information on time then the applicant can make a complaint to the respective information commission, which has the power to impose a penalty up to Rs. 25, 000 on the errant PIO. 2. Another potent check on corruption is Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
It was setup by the Government to advise and guide Central Government agencies in the areas of vigilance. If there are any cases of corruption or any complaints thereof, then that can be reported to the CVC. CVC also shoulders the responsibility of creating more awareness among people regarding the consequences of giving and taking of bribes and corruption. 3. Establishment of special courts for speedy justice can be a huge positive aspect. Much time should not elapse between the registration of a case and the delivery of judgment. . Strong and stringent laws need to be enacted which gives no room for the guilty to escape. 5. In many cases, the employees opt for corrupt means out of compulsion and not by choice. Some people are of the opinion that the wages paid are insufficient to feed their families. If they are paid better, they would not be forced to accept bribe. The one thing that needs to be ensured is proper, impartial, and unbiased use of various anti-social regulations to take strong, deterrent, and timely legal action against the offenders, irrespective of their political influences or money power.
Firm and strong steps are needed to curb the menace and an atmosphere has to created where the good, patriotic, intellectuals come forward to serve the country with pride, virtue, and honesty for the welfare of the people of india. For- 1. It gets everything done fast. 2. Bribing is an excellent way of increasing product sales of a company even if it assures low quality product. 3. It is a good method for making instant money through bribing. Against- 1. corruption is the root cause for a country’s development to be stagnant. 2. Money put in by an organisation into its (or the country’s) growth is put into the pickets of the top most level of society by fraud methods. I looked at corruption – reports, analysis, scenarios and actors. I noticed a similarity in this with Pakistan and its policy towards Taliban. Just like when Pakistan created Taliban for its convenience, India’s erstwhile Industrial Magnates created their pets in government using corruption. Very soon, Corruption started taking over the System and became independent of Industrial houses. Just like Taliban started thinking and acting on its own.
Corruption started building its own process, rates and methods of collection. And today, like Pakistan fighting Taliban, entire Indian public, including the large Industrial houses that started it (during license raj), are suffering and starting to raise their voices against it. So, what is it that makes corruption prevail? What is it that allows corruption to get better of the non-agreeing public? Why the corrupt do indulge in corruption with impunity? Why corrupt are never detected, if detected, never caught and if caught, never punished. The answer is simple yet painful.
The entire system is in collusion and breeds corruption. Being a Management Consultant and a Process Expert, I started looking at factors that aid, foster and breed corruption. As a management guru told me a decade ago (lecturing me on management consulting), start your analysis at the top and you will ultimately reach the solution. I find from my analysis that there are 3 major players in the corruption, by volume and by sheer power to indulge in corruption. These are: 1)Politicians – the so called people who are responsible for laws and policies to curb corruption.
This is a classic case of fox guarding the chickenhouse 2)Bureaucracy – The babus are the second most corrupt and by the sheer volume of opportunities available to them to indulge, they are probably more involved in corruption than the politicians (unfortunately, the 3 branches do not share their black income data with me). 3)Judiciary – The real guardians who have the powers to punish corruption are actually involved in it themselves. Yes, you can buy a decision in Indian courts – Just ask a broker (oops – a lawyer) A deeper analysis reveals that the 3 branches do not indulge in corruption separately.
Instead, they all are in collusion. This is why the corrupt are never detected (Bureaucracy protects the identity under the garb of Official Secrets), if they are detected then they are never punished (judges are told by politicians to overlook – on request from bureaucracy). Therefore, we need a separate agency now who is AUTHORIZED to find, try and punish the corrupt. The upcoming Lokpal Bill is a start. It has deficiencies and does not grant powers to the Lokpal (but then which government would like to create a hammer to smash their own heads). The fight on “Right to Recall” is a right step in this direction.
It is not the complete answer but a start. A single element in the bigger picture – BUT A START NONETHELESS. By the way, Politicians do not run India, Babus do. If you do not believe me, ask any IAS officer. During their training in Mussoorie, the first thing they are told is that you are the masters and you are here to rule India. Rest of the people are all your slaves. With such an official training and the mindset programmed into them, they seriously start believing in it (I do not fault them, its called brain re-programming and they have to succumb to that otherwise they will be a misfit).
To know more about this, try to search for memoirs of an ex-IAS Mahesh Chand Dwivedi. It will be a shocker. Who is responsible for corruption? Well in short and crisp, real heads behind corruption are You, me and all our mighty brothers and sister who very proudly say MERA BHARAT MAHAN, but when it comes at comparing India with western countries We The People the Indians keep India always at loosing end. In India, unfortunately, corruption has become a way of living and it would not be wrong to comment that India ranks amongst the most corrupted countries in the world.
Corruption in India is not confined to just government officials and Politicians who are out to make a quick buck but is widespread amongst almost every section of the society. It is sad to see that even those who seem to be religiously inclined are often found indulging in such practices. I wonder, which religion advocates that taking bribes as okay. In many places this practice is more conveniently given the name of ‘donation’. I have been told that even in the 100% literate state of Kerala huge amounts are to be paid to some churches as compulsory donation to get jobs in the church owned institutions.
It is seen that such practices exists not only for those seeking government and bank jobs but even private jobs or jobs with Multi National Companies where corrupt individuals sitting in influential positions indulge in such dishonest practices. At least once in a week we hear of instances of Politicians, Doctors, Police officers, judges, taking bribes and supporting criminals but that is only a minority which has been unveiled. Recently there was a report on NGO fund misuse.
Out of several cases which have come to the light many has already been dismissed saying lack of evidence or something else thanks to the corrupted officials because of whom these criminals are roaming around openly and without fear even after swindling public money or committing murders. In order to curb corruption from the society the nation needs anti-corruption drives and awareness campaigns. Severe punishments should be given to those who are found guilty so that it will instill fear in the minds of the corrupted. Let us remember that both the giver and taker of the bribe are equally guilty of corruption.
Governments come and go but we are yet to see a government which has taken steps to curb this killer disease of corruption. The least we can do when we see such practices is to notify those who can make a difference like the anti corruption department, news channels or newspapers. Let us raise our Voices… Let us say ‘No’ to Corruption… Let us make a difference! INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION – ARE WE REALLY AGAINST IT? Twitter and other social media were abuzz. TV channels delighted. Young generation at its vocal best. After Egypt, Syria and Libya many saw it as a revolution in making in India. At 73, Anna Hazare was the new youth icon of India.
Energetic, passionate and determined, he charged up the minds across the nation to fight corruption. Thousands joined the protest. Candles were lit. Marches made. Government buckled under pressure. People and media claimed it as India against Corruption. A victory for common man of India. But did India as a nation won? I would have to disagree here and say NO. Swept by frenzy, we forgot to realize India is you, me and we. Did we stop ourselves from corrupting and be corrupted? Be honest. Majority of those who participated would have been guilty of corruption themselves. How many out there who joined the frenzy had not bribed a traffic cop?
How many out there have not paid the cop who came for passport verification? Not paid some government worker at some point of time? Even if you have not bribed, how many would have stopped their parents or relatives or friends from the act? Corruption begins at home. Before cleansing the nation, how many of you have thought of cleansing our home. Corruption and stopping corruption — is the one subject that united Indians. However, we are still hazy about whom to blame for this corruption. While it is easy to place the blame on politicians and bureaucrats, aren’t those who encourage corruption by giving bribes and kickbacks equally culpable?
While we hear about the loss to the exchequer and crores of rupees of the tax- payers money being misused in the 2G, CWG and mining scams — isn’t the person who gives a Rs. 100-bribe to the traffic cop to avoid paying a Rs. 1000-fine, a railway passenger, who pays the TT a bribe to secure a berth or a parent, who pays “donation” to get his ward an admission in an engineering or medical college, equally to blame. While the magnitude of all these crime may be different, the chalta hai attitude is the same.