Corruption and its Cure

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Introduction of Anna Hazare

Some days ago I wrote a biographical hub on Anna Hazare, a social activist in India. Recently, India has found a new hero. Even the Indian film heroes have become ordinary citizens of India in front of the popularity of Anna Hazare. He is a man who led a movement and pulled the Indian mass behind himself. Anna not only inspired the Indian citizens but he has inspired many activists of different countries, His movement is against the corruption in India.

Definition of Corruption

According to the dictionary ‘corruption’ is an immoral act. A dishonest act by any person is corruption as for example: Taking bribe either in cash or in kinds to do a work which is in reality a legal duty of the person.

Different Angles to Corruption

The act of corruption is not a one sided affair. It involves both the parties that are one who accepts bribe and the other one who offers it. Different scenario of bribe act:

Receiving or offering bribe both are equally corrupt act but sometimes people lack the courage to raise voice against it and surrenders.

There are even such people who willingly try to bribe before being asked to with an expectation of a favor.

Sometimes the person who is being offered bribe emerges stronger but rejects the offer and performs his duty with utmost sincerity.

The common scenario is both the parties are willing to give and take bribe. In this situation both the parties are equally responsible for the corruption in the society. They simply try to see their own benefit.

Corruption has become a malady which has affected the Indian society very badly and to which Anna Hazare has reacted very strongly.

Anna Hazare versus Corruption

Anna protested against the prevailing corruption in India and suggested a way to curb it. Anna recommended ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’ and wanted it to be implemented to keep a check on corruption in India. He even went on fast to make government accept his recommendation. Anna Hazare roared against corruption and Indian citizens supported his movement. Many Indians disagree with the pressure tactics of Anna Hazare but they support the cause of the movement whole heartedly. Anti corruption movement led by Anna has opened up a new chapter in India. It has created a furor and Indians are now bound to think about the prevailing corruption in their motherland. Especially, the common people of India are the sufferers at large due to corruption and so they have a strong opinion regarding the rampant corruption in India.

Personal Thoughts on Corruption

As a common Indian I would like to point out some personal thoughts against corruption and its cure in this particular hub. Actually, my thoughts are not based upon any constitutional law. Rather, it is going to be out and out an emotional outburst. Many may not agree with my thoughts but I think to eliminate something from the root it is not true that law can always provide a complete solution. If law had been the strongest method to curb an evil practice then internal and external terrorism, murder, rape, abortion of girl child, dowry death and many more heinous crimes would have been eradicated long back from our country – India.

In my opinion, corruption is a self inflicted vice. Basic bad human traits are the cause behind corruption. This cannot be rectified by pressure or punishment. It can only be kept on hold for sometime but not for always. One may get caught and the other one may not then the evil practice goes on. That means no judging body can eradicate this evil practice entirely from our country, India. Presenting my viewpoints:

Fight within India

It holds true that the anti corruption movement by Anna has awakened every Indian. He received support from all the corners of India and also from different strata of Indian society. Many big names joined their hands in this movement against corruption. This anti corruption movement is termed as 2nd freedom struggle. Here, arise a few questions: What freedom are we talking about? From whom are we going to get freedom? Are we fighting against the rest of the world?

Here, we are talking about a freedom from an evil practice. Its name is ‘corruption’ which is extremely rampant in India. Neither this freedom means to be free from any individual person or any particular nation. Naturally, this time the fight for freedom has a different connotation. This freedom is not to be snatched away from somebody else but it is to be earned from the vice of our fellow citizens of India. Thus, anti corruption movement is not a fight of India against the rest of the world but it is a fight by the Indians for the Indians. Our 1st freedom struggle was against another country that who ruled us and curbed our independence in our own motherland. The anti corruption movement lead by Anna cannot be paralleled with our freedom struggle. It is our very own vice. Somebody else has not pressurized us of adopting corruption rather some Indians have opted it quite willingly. Some among our own countrymen has lost their virtue and chose wrong means and shortcuts for their dreams to get fulfilled. It is a fight between the Indians within India. Definitely, this movement should also be fought with heart, mind and soul to gift India a corruption free society as our great freedom fighters did to gift us a free India.

In the meantime we should not forget that we are fighting against our own fellow Indians. This should be a fight against the evil practice in the Indian system and not against the evil practitioners. This fight should not possess hatred in the hearts of the anti corruption campaigners against the corrupted people. Hatred will further ignite hatred and one evil will be substituted by another evil which will not be good for the progress of India. Blaming and abusing one another, passing indecent comments, expressing doubt over each others intentions, enacting different types of gestures to insult the members of the other side and so on are quite disgusting and disgraceful. Fighting against immorality needs basic morality because India consists all of these men who practice corruption or zero corruption. The corrupt people do not form a separate entity outside India. It is within India therefore we have to live together and remain united so that no external force can destroy India on the basis of disharmony within our own motherland- India.

Peaceful Movement

India is our own country and to bring some positive changes we need to act in a peaceful manner. Thanks to Anna Hazare. His recent anti corruption movement was very peaceful. If protest becomes violent our very own motherland will face unrest. Disruption in our daily life, personal losses as well as loss of some national property cannot be of national interest. Positive changes must be achieved through positive means or else any loss occurred in this connection will be entirely our own loss.

Job Guarantee

Usually government job in India is taken for granted. It is a general concept that until retirement there is no chance of losing the job. The security of job usually works detrimental. The job security should be based upon performance. Once there is a fear of losing a job due to inefficiency the sincerity and honesty will prevail. People will start working diligently and efficiently. Naturally, the work culture and working environment will change for the betterment of the country.

Income and Living Index

Every now and then there is a rise in price but the question is how many times in a year the salary is being increased? There is a huge gap between income and living index. It should be at par. Life has become miserable with the cost increase. Due to the need of money many people fall prey to the cheap means of earning such as bribe. Government lacks the basic compassionate understanding towards their own people.

Government does not control the fee hike of the private schools which is enormous. Same is with the private hospitals. The treatment is very expensive and Government is not bothered to put a control over it. It seems, in India life and standard education are only meant for the celebrities. It is tough to afford but people strive for it by indulging in corruption. Who is mainly responsible? Actually it is government who simply allow this to happen by keeping no check on the private sector. Not only this, the overall standard of education in the government school does not match the present need and minimum effort is being made to improve the standard of the students so that they can fit into a place properly.

Disparity in Rewards

Celebrities especially cricketers in India who have all the luxuries are showered with enormous incentives but what about our soldiers? Rewards are fine but there should be some check on it so that there is no disparity and let others also enjoy some privilege in the society. If working hard for the country is not rewarded equally then dissatisfaction mounts up. Six sixes in cricket fetched one crore rupees then what a martyr should fetch? Sports bodies are autonomous bodies which acts according to their own wish but that does not mean that government should lack control over such organizations and enhance the disparity in the Indian society. When hard work does not pay then corruption takes place.

Distinct Quality

Imagine a leader gets elected as a representative of the countrymen who has some serious charges against him. It is a real shame. The common citizen gets a government job only after police verification then how come some leaders get elected as the representatives of the ordinary Indian citizens despite a criminal record? Progress of the nation gets disrupted because of such prevalent corruption in Indian politics and the government.

Use of Power

Powerful men such as leaders or influential officers use their power for all the wrong reasons. If the big fish become corrupt then who can stop the small fish from becoming corrupt? Sitting at an influential position one must follow some moral principles in life then only can show the right path to the subordinates.

Transformation

Normally, prison is a place where inmates are treated badly. Suppose we expect a transformation in the inmates of the prison it is required to treat them humanly and provide them options to change for the better. The worst part in India is if an influential person is jailed due to illegal and corrupt act then they are kept as a prince. Treat them humanly but as ordinary inmates. Allow them to realize and analyze their fault by leading a simple life in the prison as the other ordinary prisoners. Princely treatment will never make them understand their fault and blame game will continue.

Ultimate Introspection

As a common Indian I may have failed to analyze the harmful impact of corruption on the Indian society on legal ground. Even the methods to eliminate corruption may not go down well with many Indians. I believe in systematic changes as well as in uniformity of approach but in India it is always a rule book which is always full of loopholes. Some or the other way it gets misused and corrupt people come out clean without any proof against them.

The government never realizes the fault they create in making law as well as their outlook towards the countrymen never changes. The worst part is that the government becomes partial towards its own men. How can we regard a government whose work is of utmost disregard? The government has to be transparent and must have a uniform policy for everyone in this country without exception. Change in policy making and mind set of the government is very much required in India. If not, then, loopholes in the law will never allow India to be a corruption free country and the generations to come will be forced to breathe in a corrupt India.

That cannot be our future, we need to strive for corruption free India and will definitely eradicate this evil. Let us hope for the best and as an Indian we must work hard towards India of our dreams – A country without corruption.

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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

On looking to your article of corruption I can not remain silent although I am over burden with some other matters. I find you have very nicely pointed out the each and every aspects of our society where corruption is a sustainable process. You rightly said

“Six sixes in cricket fetched one crore rupees then what a martyr should fetch? Sports bodies are autonomous bodies which acts according to their own wish but that does not mean that government should lack control over such organizations and enhance the disparity in the Indian society. When hard work does not pay then corruption takes place.”

You are also right to say when a person with criminal charge is elected in the parliament, how the Indians could expect a corruption free India. Anna has just opened the door. It is not become possible to enter inside. The cleaning of inside is a long way to go. But the proverb is that if there is a will, there is a way. Anna has showed his will and now the Indian people have to find out the ways.


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shampa sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Mr. Roychoudhury,

Though it is tough but I wish you to strengthen yourself a lot. I hope you are keeping well.

I am extremely happy to receive your valuable comment and thanks for your appreciation.

I am not sure how many will read this hub and may be it will remain unheard but I sincerely think, to eliminate a vice like corruption a deep thinking over the issue is a necessity. Just a law will bring in negligible success.


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Kawaljit kaur 5 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

A beauuuuuuuuuutiful hub.


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shampa sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Kawaljit kaur,

Thanks for appreciating my hub.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

corruption is present in each and every aspect of our lives. We find it so common that it being present does not make us distinguish between a clean life vs. a corrupted life.

you have portrayed all the various arenas beautifully...loved reading it.


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shampa sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Thanks Ruchira. Actually if corruption is analysed then I feel we all are corrupted to some extent. Still, we are not ready to accept it and the level of corruption which is affecting the whole country at large is simply unbelievable.


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SubmissionWork 5 years ago from India

Things are not favourable for Anna's team now.

Slipper on Mr Kejriwal

Mr Bhushan beating.


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shampa sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello SubmissionWork,

Sorry to point out that there is no need to highlight about Anna's team. My hub is against corruption and not in favour of any team. I dealt with Anna's anti corruption movement and not with the personal viewpoints of the members of his team on different issues.


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nitin.pant 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

I totally agree that corruption has its root in evil imbibed in the human mind. I believe that it is our duty to fix our infected souls to really end any kind of corruption.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello nitin.pant,

Thanks a lot for having the same view point to tackle an evil called 'corruption'.


Joy Ashes 4 years ago

What a very wonderful writeup. Corruption is now spreading all over the world, we need to join hands together and fight it. I salute Anna.


jagadeesh 4 years ago

hello sir,

the resolutions you are discussing here , to eradicate corruption are really splendid ways. Especially, the job guarentee for the government workers. I feel that it is the root cause for our problem here. Because, its the government sector where lots of people are loosing their money as bribe everyday. I see this everyday in rto offices, i think you people now remember how much you spent on that day. It is estimated that truckers pay a sum of 5000 crores in toll gates over india. An indian government finance official has stated in a daily that a total of 24 lakh crores are in foreign banks, 'the black money'making the revenuefor countries like swiss. And i am stressing the point about government officials , because, this is where the corruption is left unattended. Be it a higher official of any department or a simple street cleaning worker, they should not be let to scratch their seats even after their mistakes are identified. If corruption leads them to loose their job, they will not be doing so. And most of the middle class in india , like mine, would be releived long ago.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Thanks for finding my viewpoints splendid.


Raaj 4 years ago

Bold article and wonderful ideas. I am so happy that even I have thoughts similar to you and my ideas are similar to yours. Especially the point where you mention - "In my opinion, corruption is a self inflicted vice. Basic bad human traits are the cause behind corruption."

You've mentioned that, you do not have solutions to corruption, I would like to add a point for solution here.

The best way to find a solution is to understand the problem first.

All the current bureaucrats and politicians are highly clever people who have defied all these corruptions, hatred, red tapes and still managed to reach the top positions. Even they may have faced several issues but we do not know about that. If you backtrack the cause, I would say the laws made after independence were just copied from British law. Still the slavery kind-off obeying attitude to superiors was carried over from then. I would say the laws were designed in such a way that loop holes were present to make sure that chaos existed for political convenience and biased power. I even wonder if the British handed over the country to us just like that? They don't have any hard feelings in returning their most valuable loot to us, I suspect it. They did not have the heart to do it either. What if they made sure someone they wished was always in control of the country. Wouldn't that be easier for them in the future? These are just my thoughts, but if you google and research you will find interesting poitical facts.

So coming back to our topic, the best thing to do is to change the laws, laws are supposed to help people and improve their life, but here the reverse happens. People don't even realize laws are supposed to be guidelines created by them and it is for them so that everyone is treated equally and one doesn't hurt other.

Now what would bother these politicians and powerful people is the new law would capture & acquit them and they will lose power. This fear has to be removed from them. Let us assume we give a period of 2months for everyone to rectify their mistake and to make truce with their petitioners(this can be done in financial issues) but in murders and similar cases I feel only the petitioner needs to pardon & forgive. This is a very difficult task, but if you need new laws for a better future, this has to be tried. Everyone will start on a new and same scale of law. Any crime committed after that can be made punishable. This is a difficult but practically possible solution so that the corrupt and clever people at the top would allow the new laws to be passed. Forgiveness would cultivate love but I am not sure if we people have huge hearts to forgive those who hurt us earlier.


Raaj 4 years ago

One of my old articles on the same lines:

People should realize the cause of everything. It is not just the politicians who are corrupt but all the people. Corruption is everywhere, every common man participates in it, so just don't point it out at politicians alone, it doesn't. Don't start the blame game, we do not know who started it(nor we want to know it), but any single person/community cannot be accounted for it. Lets chuck that and search for solutions.

Every individual should correct themselves, should turn as whistle blowers. People need to understand that a country of billion people cannot be administered by just a few lakh people. Every citizen needs to pitch in. If everyone in the street spend 1 hour to in a week to clean their streets, their place would be heaven. So everyone needs to work for the betterment. When will people work? People keep themselves clean, their house clean, bikes clean but not the public area because they feel it's not their property; but they should realize that its their property and they have to maintain it, so when someone spits saliva on road, one should react the same way had it occurred in their house.

Give people a sense of ownership on the public property. Every Public decision needs to be documented so that someone doesn't question a decision in the middle of a huge Govt process. Every Govt. servant needs to be a decision maker and every decision needs to be owned by them. There needs to be clear demarcation of power, so when a wrong decision is taken, one could catch the person red handed. So now everyone will have responsibility and there will be no blame game.

As the saying in tamil goes, " Thieves cannot be eradicated, unless all thieves rectify themselves on their own". Likewise people need to realize about themselves. As everything is inter wined I could not restrict my views to corruption alone.

GREED and ILLITERACY is the cause for all; British people used this venom to plunder into India & maintained chaos so that they could survive and administer us. Even after they have left, we are corrupted by those greedy ideas/thoughts. Eg: How many of you know the cause for Sardarji jokes? It is said that Britishers started this to humiliate Sardars as they were very successful and physically powerful. We still crack jokes on the poor people who did nothing wrong.

Humans do realize the most important thing in life is

1) Food

2) Shelter

3) Clothing.

I am not sure how many people even remember this, as a kid we did study this in school.

Respect humans, be it a Janitor or an Engineer. First, he is a human. Keep that in mind.

Politicians are corrupt is a wrong notion, PEOPLE/HUMANS are corrupt. Do realize it.


Raaj 4 years ago

Please try to spread your article through social networks. It would really help many people.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Raaj,

Thanks a lot for your grand response to my hub. It is right that we should not generalize any particular section of people but actually we all are corrupt in small or large scale. We need to put stress on the character building, thoughts of Swami Vivekananda, as the basic education which will eradicate the immoralities present in the society.

Thanks once again for great inputs.Your comments have raised the level of my hub. Sharing it once again through this site, Facebook and Twitter.


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nikkijohntan 4 years ago from USA

It is one of inspiring hub i liked it. We all know that corruption is like a disease which is spreading all over India at its high rate and we should together do anything before it kills us. Thanks to Mr.Annaji who is started a war against it. I salute him. Your Hub is something different from others. Please keep on writing.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello nikkijohntan,

Corruption is day by day increasing in India. In this regard every individual has to take up the responsibility according to their capacity.

Thanks for appreciating this article and thanks for wishing me to carry on writing as I need it a lot.


John gray 4 years ago

Anna Hazare is great person he fighting for all the Indian citizen so it is our duty to support him and take part with him.

www.cheatingindia.com


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Thank you, John gray


John gray 4 years ago

Hi Shampa sadhya,

Can we share this post with our web site.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello John gray,

Thanks for reading the article.

Well, before sharing the post I would like to know about your web site. Hope it's fine with you! Thanks.


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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

Shampa,you've already taken the first step;caring.The second step would be to call for internet referendums on every bill that comes before the Lok Sabha.Well done on a great hub.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Nick Hanlon,

Your praise is very meaningful and valuable. Thanks a lot. We all have to take a few steps to eradicate corruption. May we all unite for the cause!


sandeep 4 years ago

support to anna


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Thanks, sandeep


shweta 4 years ago

i will eat corruption in india many corruption is there pls stop the corruption


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello,

Thanks for reading.


kisan 4 years ago

thank u for writing these comments.

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