Scams – the Scums of Indian democracy

The constitution of India came into force in 1950, which proclaimed India “a sovereign socialist secular democratic, republic” with the status of the longest written and most detailed constitution, drawing largely from western constitutions, according to which the Government of India is framed. Democracy in India was adopted with a view of to achieve stable and productive governance, to give India a strong political and democratic sense of nationhood,  following the footsteps of British Parliamentary system, from whose rule we were just freed!

Democracy according the Abraham Lincoln is “Of the people, By the people, For the people”, which in India has reduced to only two-third i.e. “of the people and by the people” while the clause of “for the people” has lost somewhere in the multi-faceted storm of scams, corruption, money-laundering, and corporate-lobbying.

Have you noticed how a bunch of ants surrounds sugar cube? Similarly, whenever there are big money involvements, be in Governments schemes, Development activities, International events, – the corruption will most likely find its roots dug deep into the system. It is literally under every stone you turn. And, by now, most of us in India have learned to live with corruption as a part and parcel of our life. In India, the tentacles of corruption are spread far and wide in all horizons of life and not just limited to government organizations. Recent instances of IPL scam and the Commonwealth Games fiasco underscores as to how a big moolah can attract corruption even in a Gentleman’s game.

“Corruption is Social Evil” “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Corruption is not just prevalent in India, but exists in all developed and developing economies in different forms. It’s a massive phenomenon destroying systems like the cancer the world over, and it is a no brainer that Corruption In India is at its rampant best. There is not one section of the society that is spared from it. Corruption in the form of bribery takes the cake and given that it begins at the grass root level which makes it even more difficult to monitor and control. It is embarrassing that billion are being spent on elections & electing leaders who do nothing more than succumbing to taking bribes after getting elected. No public figure, institution, authority, politician and bureaucrat any longer command the people’s confidence for unimpeachable rectitude. Everyone is assumed to be in on the take, to have a price tag. There is a regular flow of news, almost by the hour, of some big shot or the other being either caught in the act or covering up his and his cohorts’ corrupt misdeeds. With increasing amounts in each uncovered scam the previous one seems paltry.

Corruption has eroded the roots of the nation’s foundation to such an extent that some even consider it wishful thinking to expect that corruption could be reduced to manageable levels. The impression is of a disorganized, muddled, messy, free-for-all country which lacks patriotism. And the country continues to wear the badge of dishonor and infamy.

The corrupt practices have now become our lifestyle to such an extent that, we do not seem to feel that there is anything wrong in what all we are doing, and that things should not be as they are. We, on the contrary are inclined to justify all wrong saying that, without doing wrong we cannot exist or be functional. Moral values seem to have rapidly and irrevocably declined. The fact that many citizens intentionally disobey the laws of the land is a reflection of the insanity and breakdown of law and order.

The scams which have come to light in last one decade have amounted to multi – crores, they are being dealt with but, it is so shocking that no politician has yet been punished for siphoning off so much of wealth of a poor country, what can be expected in a country when its protectors themselves become criminals. When the senior cannot be punished how can there be any cleaning at the bottom. It would not even be fair to punish the lower rungs of the ladder when the higher rungs continue to bask in the sunshine of their riches.

At present there is no remedy for this tragic situation we are in but if given a honest try some of these measures can help. We will have to have planned measures to fight corruption. Bureaucracy should be made more citizens friendly, accountable and transparent. More and more courts should be opened for speedy justice. Lokpals and Vigilance Commissions should be more powerful and of independent nature so as to provide speedy justice. Other measures are – strict laws should be made; political interference should be minimized; power to make policies in public interest should be vested with independent commission; funding of elections should be banned and there should be State funding of election expenses for candidates and persons with criminal records should be denied to contest elections. Whistle blowing is an honorable technique against corruption, Whistle blowing policy should be made mandatory with clear cut guidelines for prosecuting intimidation of or retaliation against complainant and an act for the protection of “Whistle blower” should be made. Government should include a chapter in text books related to corruption and its desire consequences. The citizens must be educated and literate to understand the politics so the government is really effective. A nation which is half illiterate cannot face the challenges of the 21st century. Education is the route for a variable democracy as well as the economic development of the country. The government must be transparent. And lastly, the citizens must have the freedom of information and access to that information.

We all need to stop talking about Corruption but we right now start our self take the initiative and are brave our self. Corruption is going to end only when people like us stand up and speak out. If we do not take step forward to remove corruption from root, the word developing country will always be attached with our country INDIA.

Unquestionably, the time is ripe to nail all guilty of misdemeanor who violate India’s pride and continue to humiliate the nation before the international community. The ‘corrupt’ buck must stop at all levels. Especially the top!