Corruption in Public Life—A Menace for Human Existence
Wajid Nabi Wani
LLB 5th Semester
Roll No: 05
Corruption is a spiritual and moral impurity, or on can say deviation from an ideal. From economic viewpoint, corruption is payment for services or the material which the recipient is not due under law. This may be called ‘bribery’, ‘kickback’, or in the Middle East, ‘baksheesh’.
Now-a-days corruption can be seen everywhere. In our own country some people in high position have been charged for it. Corruption becomes most virulent when crisis everywhere threaten the very existence of the society and the faith in life is shaken. It has always been their like a tie leach, but when the system grows weaken and the boat flounders, it gets, boulder in drains its victims of the last drops of their blood.
“The older the system the weaker it grows and fails to solve the riddles of life that grows more complex everyday”. So men lose faith it and let it drift down. At this point corruption takes over and plunges the entire society. After the Second World War, the old system with all its values, was left in shambles. The crippling effects of the war, the recession and depression, and uncertainties in a faithless world of maimed and moribund encouraged cynicism in a section of the population. This section included the government officials dealing in essential commodities. They found the post-war conditions ideal for fishing in troubled waters and getting richer. They formed a sort of vicious circle in which moral values and honest intentions no longer held valid. The flourishing black marketing in essential commodities, adulteration of even baby food, bribery, fraud and economic, political and administrative manipulations with an eye on earning profits has brought untold misery to the people.
One would say that the corruption in India has an ancient lineage; it is sanctified by tradition. The author of the Arthasastra made some remarks on the government officials of his time which are relevant even today: “Just as it is impossible not to taste the honey or the poison that finds itself at the tip of the tongue, so it is impossible for a government servant not to eat up at least a bit of the kings revenue”. These in the post-world became only bolder while eating up government money and accepting bribes.
Today, when India is free, these officials representing all the government departments which are very close to the most corrupt businessmen who are too unscrupulous to let any opportunity of amassing profits slip. This collusion broadens the base of the vicious circle and corruption spreads, like wild fire, to engulf the entire society.
Corruption starts at the top and percolates down to the whole society, such corruption cannot be confined to the town alone. It is denuding in the villages where the dishonest officials and the traders carry the germs of disease. The tyranny of confusion and price rules the land and the people are helpless victims of corruption everywhere.
Lal Bahadur Shastri or Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel are a rare breed now who had very little bank balance at the time of death. The list of scans and scandals in the country is endless. Recently before commencing of common wealth games, 2010 corruption is playing a major role. The Bofors pay off. Scandal of 1986 involved a total amount of Rs. 1750 crore in purchasing of guns from a Swedish firm for the army. The cement scandal of 1982 involved the chief Minister of Maharashtra, the sugar scandal of 1994 involved the Union minister of state for food, the Urea scan and of course no one can forget the Hawala scandal of 1991, the coffin-gate fodder seam in Bichar or the stamp scandal which shocked not only the political arena but the entire society. The 2g Scam involving A.Raja, a former Minister a shame for the national government.
The corruption in public life has assumed drastic consequences. The poor people can hardly seek the redresal of their grievances until graze the palms of the public officials. In J&K state itself the corruption is named by the world “Chai”. Now-a-days in J&K no court order or decree is executed by the authorities until they are prayed bribe in different ways. Corruption has led to criminalization in public life as well state government but in vain. Even the right of information act’s have not proved fruitful for curbing the menance of corruption. Civil society is now coming forward for the support of enactment of a Jan Lok Pal Bill at the centre but the government of the day is fighting took nail against such step. Team Anna Hazari has provided a roadmap for such step.
Despite Indians commitment to the rule of law, which at least means equality of all persons before the law, and no immunity there from, offence, committed by “Public Servants