RAMPANT CORRUPTION IN INDIA
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
PREVALENCE OF CORRUPTION:
Corruption in politics and public life is not a new phenomenon. As early as 1000 B.C. the laws of Manu stated that corrupt officials who receive bribes from villagers are to be banished and their property should be seized. This speaks not only of the prevalence of corruption but the condemnation of such practices.
The word corruption according to Chamber’s Dictionary means rottenness; impurity; bribery. But in the broad understanding of people corruption is associated with bribery.
Functionaries expect to get bribes in order to do work for which they are paid by the government to do but which they have neglected deliberately in their expectation.
THE RATIONALE :
People now believe that no work however small or routine can be done without paying “something” to “someone” in government offices, educational institutions and even in legal matters. One may call it a douceur
( a Sweetener),”speed money”(that which speeds up work), or “palm-grease”(to smoothen the working of the palm). The fact remains that there is no aspect of life that corruption has not touched. We can explain it by saying that the rising population has added to the numbers everywhere, to the number of applications and increased the requirement of college seats and work positions and scarcity of resources. We can further explain it by saying that inflation erodes the salaries of employee who then expect to supplement their incomes by taking bribes therefore he develops a frame of mind Henceforth he will do nothing without getting bribes.
THE CAUSES :
The causes of corruption are many and complex, They are Emergence of political elite who believe in interest-oriented rather than nation-oriented programmes...