Causes Of Corruption In India

by Devanshi Khetarpal

The unfortunate actuality in India is that iniquity often captains moral principles. An opacity has developed in India over time. Even as a country suffering from the whips of colonialism, some Indians were, in the past, known for their unparalleled obsequiousness. Corruption is not just limited to bribery; it is one of the most culpable sins which is widely prevalent in India today. In fact, it characterizes a lascivious self-indulgence of the most abominable of the human race.

Indubitably, one cannot escape from the fact that corruption is a pre-existing notion in the Indian society. India has espied the origin and evolution of uncanny classifications in a society, prejudices and of course, a period of brutality. The plebeian desire might just be for everything, a plain folk might imagine his pecuniary difficulties and of course, the affluent might want more of power and money. A hierarchy of the deep-rooted abuses of lack of democratic tradition and individual rights, making every Indian feel insecure about his social, economic and political conditions is undeniably, a probable cause for corruption. When people hook themselves to misconceptions, stereotypes and there is absence of freedom coupled with narrow mindedness which fails to separate the metropolitan from the provincial, one knows what to expect. A bureaucratized socialism in India has exterminated the legal, economic and blossoming democratic ideas laid down by the Europeans. Traditional systems forming an immature civilization spoiled the virtue of equality. It was this very classification of a citizenry which failed to mark its evolution and instead, resorted to self-harm and started turning backwards. The power given to the higher sections of society has driven the common people to follow the rotten ways. A lack of sensibility in a certain section of the society has made them think if committing crimes as a way to achieve. The egotistic Indian and the downtrodden Indian might be different but it is the very absence of judgement and the invincible iniquity in both that makes them intersect, and that’s the origin of corruption.

There is a lack of sensibility in deciding upon the pious and impious. There are black drops which drool upon our social and political systems. These black spots flood pages and reports each day. But it is the painful truth- the very own conception that lingers in the minds of every Indian has to be eradicated. It is a contagious ill, damaging our own inner self in the same way in which, it helps to escape from our quandaries.

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5 thoughts on “Causes Of Corruption In India”

  1. Corruption is bound to happen
    Corruption is bound to happen in democracy. A democracy without corruption is a dream and will remain a dream for at least some time from now. The only way to eradicate corruption (in my humble opinion) will be making sure that if you want corruption eradicated, you decide to remain uncorrupted under all circumstances. Hope you agree with me.

  2. Devanshi Khetarpal

    Yes. I agree with you.
    Yes. I agree with you. Though I hold no expertise and I feel my opinions do not hold any importance whatsoever. But I believe that a democratic government will have its own drawbacks. What a communist government can do is not what a democratic government can do. It is a question of which form of political governance you are following. Whether or not, our democracy is being abridged on, will make no difference. And a good democracy will not ensure good governance, as is the relevant case to Indian democracy. It isn’t a question of a single party, democracy will guarantee a fair amount of power play and instability. This applies to all countries in the world. Even to eradicate corruption to a certain extent, there is no formal political theory to be applied, it doesn’t depend on communities taking solemn oaths but it depends partly in the very cognisance of our inner conscience which ensures the emanation of virtue and knowledge and partly on what we may call, a dependable livelihood so that there is no need for us to fall prey to such malpractices. In both these cases, however, I think we raise the same question of democracy but also find the answer- the state and the citizenry have to play and equal, undivided and unbiased role together to eradicate corruption. It shall not be determined alone by any legislative, judiciary or executive but by our mere quotidian practices.

  3. Corruption in India has two
    Corruption in India has two causes which operate (not necessarily independently of each other) at two different levels. At the petty corruption level which mostly involves minor govt officials who demand bribes for either doing what they should be doing anyways or for doing what they should not be doing at all. At this level the motivation for corruption is pecuniary gain for a better quality of life that is aspired for but is beyond the reach of the corrupt person involved since his/her honest salary does not permit such a standard of life.

    On the other hand we find people who are already rich (by fair means or foul) and enjoy the good things in life still indulge in corruption. At this level (High ranking govt officials or ministers)very often we find that the corrupt person amasses wealth that goes much beyond what he/she can possibky use in one lifetime no matter how lavishly he/she lives. The main cause for such corruption could be the strong family bonds in India where it is a culture for every generation to expect a legacy to be left behind for them by the previous generation. The culture of leaving behind enough for the proverbial ‘seven generations’ to enjoy is probably responsible for this level of corruption.

    Of course there are no strict means of de-lineating these two levels. in fact what may begin as the first level of corruption may morph into the second level. Indeed what begins as a quest for a better materialistic life-style is most likely to lead to the last vestiges of morality being shed and the person involved unwittingly falling prey to addictive greed.

  4. The basic cause of corruption
    The basic cause of corruption are greed, intense selfish desire of something like wealth, getting into a desired educational institution or government offices or company by fraudulent means.

    Lets take a simple and common example a company/government reimburse the travel, food, lodging expenditures incurred by an employee but at the time of claiming that employee produces fraudulent bills to claim more money. It means that he is corrupt. This is not the case where you are going to blame the system but here its you.

    Giving bribe, kickbacks these are a part of corruption. I think some how colonial mentality also hinders the social structure of our country. Whatever may be the issue we want to solve it in a hasty manner, seeking short cuts which leads us to indulge in corrupt activities.

    As mentioned by Devan we will be carrying out these activities until there is not a rejuvenation in our inner conscience.

    Nice article.

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