Corruption, Whom to Blame?

We all live in an era, where our ethics are under question. To choose between personal gain or the development of the community as a whole, is a fight that we all face in our personal and professional lives. It depends on what we choose, that decides the country’s progress and shapes its future. To be dutiful and true to the best interests of the country, seems hard for some people. The ramifications are right in front of our eyes, exploitation of the less powerful, increasing inequalities, large- scale hunger and poverty.

Corruption, as we may call it keeps on strengthening its roots in our country and keeps draining our resources away. A Corruption free India, now seems a fallacy. It is just a thought now, upon which even its citizens have given up hope. A question comes to mind, when I see the miserable state of my country. Who is responsible for Corruption? Who is to be blamed for spreading this epidemic and not giving people what they deserve?

India is the 79 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries, according to the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International

The most obvious answer is the powerful and the wealthy. “With great power comes great responsibility.” But those who are responsible to the citizens of the country often forget this, and misuse their power, much to their personal gain and the agony of the common public. The politicians, the bureaucrats, the government officials, the elected representatives are some names that are highlighted whenever the issue of corruption pops up. The public infrastructure, specially in rural areas is a sight of great discomfort. The poor condition of the roads, schools, hospitals, toilets etc. astonishes me. Given the funds, the government allocates for public welfare, only a meager portion is actually utilized and used productively. In our country, it has become an accepted fact that whenever any “Sarkari” or a government service is to be used, it will indisputably be time taking, and bribing would definitely increase your chances of getting the work done quickly. Governments have changed over time, various “movements” have passed, the methods to evacuate Black Money have failed, the candle light marches have been tried and tested, but the condition of the country in terms of corruption remains the same.

But is corruption only a practice of those in power? Are we not morally corrupt? Do we not think about our personal benefit before putting country’s interests forward? Do we fulfill our responsibilities and obligations towards the country with utmost sincerity and dedication? I don’t think so. The root cause of all problems is the attitude of the people. If we were in the places of those we accuse, most of us would to the same. This is because greed and insatiability of wants are common human attributes. Our brain always suggests us, even though momentarily, to cheat, or exploit whenever you have the chance to do so, with minimum possibilities of getting caught. This is where our moral ethics guide us. If we are ethically strong, we refrain from engaging in such an act, but if we are weak then the temptation and the urge take us away.

Thus, it is we who have to change before we point a finger at others. The importance of education and moral values is reflected when we take these points into consideration. All we need is a collective will among citizens to place the country before themselves. Then only our future leaders will be good human beings at first, before being responsible and powerful representatives. This will not happen overnight, but the seeds must be borne now in order to reap the fruits in future.

The country is in a transition phase and it is us who need to come forward and take the initiatives rather than relying on the government to eradicate corruption. Its just a mental adjustment more than anything else, and one day this country will be hopefully a better place to live in.

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