No doubt corruption is one of the biggest obstacles in the growth of our nation. From the last 60 years corruption has deeply installed itself in very root of Indian society. Earlier corruption was mostly synonymous with Government officials. But today even the private sector has joined the race.
Corruption is defined as lack of integrity and honesty or to use a position of trust for personal benefits. In India for any kind of work that needed to be got done from government officer, he had to be bribed first. It does not matter whether the job was perfectly legal and part of his duty.
The corrupt employees went on to amass a large amount of wealth and lead a luxurious lifestyle. This corruption can be seen in every sphere of activity, from the sanctioning of loans to giving licenses or for booking the railway ticket and whether you want admission in a good college, you have to bribe first.
Today India has become an aspiring superpower with the fastest growing economy in the world, Indian companies are raking in millions. But sadly this has led to a more devastating form of corruption called ‘corporate corruption’. While the old corrupt employees of the olden days dealt with thousands or lakhs rupees and these modern corporates corrupt eat away millions of rupees. If all this money is put to use for developing the nation, we could easily feed the poor, treat the sick children, provide shelter to everyone, provide free education to deserving kids.
Some promising steps to root out corruption have come from government. A number of Investigative journalists through their sting operations and reports have nailed down quite a few high profile officers indulging in corruption. But still a lot more needs to be done. Each one of us can help in rooting out corruption by simply refusing to pay bribes to anyone, no matter how urgent our need is.