Corruption Essay

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A child learning English in India by going through newspapers would come across a word being used almost daily of late "Scam" . If he were to ask his father what does this word mean it would take Dad hours to explain. Because scam has not only entered our lexicon of common usage here but has become a part of the social, political and economic culture. Not a day passes without some scam or the other coming out into the open. A tourist passing through India for a week would get the impression that India is a land of scams, a kind of laissez faire state where the high and mighty are out to loot the system. Everyone, it appears, has his hand in the till. Corruption is the most virulent when crises everywhere threaten the very existence of the society and the faith in life is shaken. It has always been there like tie leech, but when the system grows weaker and the boat flounders, it gets bolder and drains its victims of the last drops of their blood. The older the system the weaker it grows and fails to solve the riddles of life that grows more complex every day. So men lose faith in it and let it drift down. At this point corruption takes over and the entire society takes a plunge. After Second World War the old system with all its values was in a shambles. The crippling effects of the war, the recession and depression, and uncertainty in a faithless world of maimed and moribund encouraged cynicism in a section of the population. Today, when India is free, these officials representing all government departments are very close to the most corrupt businessmen who are too unscrupulous to let any opportunity of amassing profits slip. This collusion broadens the base of the vicious circle and corruption spreads 'like wild fire to engulf the entire society. The political and social guardians depend only too much on

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