Essay on the Causes of Corruption in India

Of late, corruption has become an acceptable term in the Indian society. Though, there were recent protests held by a section of society and supported by large masses. But then there was no outcome of the whole movement. Here, we are talking about the anti corruption rallies and campaign held by Anna Hazare and his team comprising members of civil society. People ardently supported the movement and it seemed like this time there will be a definitive change and the coming generations will dwell in a corruption free environment. But all went in vain, and once again the LokPal bill was deferred.

It raises various questions whose answers are hard to find. Corruption has so widely engulfed all the sections of society that it seems an uphill task to root it out from the country. A deep introspection is coveted to know the causes of corruption.

The political scenario of the country is not much appreciating. Various Ministers and head of the states are involved in corruption charges. They are the representatives of the people. This is the highest service and chair in the society. It is their utmost duty to showcase highest standards of morality. But instead of that they fulfil their own interests and create a vicious circle which eventually engulfs the lower levels of governance and then leading to the sections of the society.

Narrow vision of the public and those presiding over the chairs results in corrupted society. Personal interests rule over the national interest. It is a simple theory that if the nation progresses, the population progresses and vice versa. But lack of vision and a tendency to accumulate for generations gives rise to corruption.

Lack of education is also a primary factor. The ignorant society is the dwelling place for corruption. Making primary education a right of every child is a commendable step. But equal emphasis should be given to adult education. And by education we don't mean literacy. It is the complete development and awareness of self and surroundings.

In the last published census we are a country of 1.2 billion people. Now, the resources are limited and the population is increasing at such a rapid rate. Lack of basic amenities and poor infrastructure gives rise to a corrupt society, where everyone is fighting to get his share.

Faulty economic policies are resulting in widening the gap between the rich and the poor. National wealth is deposited in the foreign banks in the form of black money. The ever rising inflation of basic commodities and eatables and limited salary is pushing the Indian society to indulge in unfair means so as to meet the requirements of the family.

Last but not the least is the changing and degrading morality of the individual. One always curses politicians for all the corruption and present scenario. But it is the people who elect them. A large section of society doesn't get involved in the process by abstaining from casting their vote, which is equally demoralizing. Politicians are no aliens, they are very much part of the society. If corruption is checked at the individual level, only then it will be removed from the high echelons of the society.

It has to be kept in mind that corruption is not the disease. It is just a presenting symptom of the diseased society.