Corruption in India- Destroying Love for our Country
What does the word ‘corruption’ means to you? Let me tell you what I think it should mean. Patriotism is not about boasting and believing that our country doesn’t have any problems and it is perfect. Patriotism is all about realizing that our country has got problem and we all together will do something to remove and improve it. One of the biggest problems in India is corruption.
There are more than 1.21 billion people living in India. 22% of the population is under the poverty line. Truckers in India alone pay US $5 billion in bribes annually. Billions of India’s hard earned money is hoarded into foreign havens for private use. The people are being cheated out by saying everyone has got equal rights in society. Money coveted by corruption is estimated at 100% rise annually. Trillions of rupees are being stashed away, though 80% of the population works for just 30-50 rupees a day. It seems like the honest are poor and the crooks are rich. India is a rich country having poor people.
Corruption has become a routine in many sections of the government offices. Politics is an example which is criticized every day. Most of the Parliament members are accused of indulging into corruption but only few of them are brought down after being caught in scams. Bureaucracy corruption is a pain that common people used to face every day. A study shows that 50% of the people in a public office had firsthand experience using bribes and even influence peddling for getting a job done. It is even disgusting to think that we have to pay bribes to a person for doing our job done. Officials often steal state property. In cities and villages throughout India, consisting of municipal and other government officials, elected politicians, judicial officers, real estate developers and law enforcement officials, acquire, develop and sell land in an illegal way. Tendering corruption is wrong and even dangerous.
Many state funded construction activities have deep-dark hidden hand behind them. These hidden hands are usually of corrupt public working officials, material suppliers, politicians and construction contractors. They conduct shoddy material substitutions and play with people’s life by building dangerous roads, buildings and bridges. These are only few examples of corruption in our country.
Such corruption creates many obstacles for the people that become virtually impossible to overcome. Even Government hospitals are ill funded leading to mistreatment, over crowdedness and refusal of treatment. They are ill funded because the money needed is being lined into the pockets of corrupt officials. Even Government-aided schools have worn out buildings and the students in these schools often get outdated text materials. Most of these students have got very limited vocational range.
The knowledge, talent and the future of the country depends upon the children of the country, and this knowledge and talent can either be education or sports. The children of the country are its future and this future is often being suppressed and its options are cut off. These children are being cheated out by ill funding to schools and the education department due to corruption. If such corruption continues long it would surely lead to the demise of the economic status in India.
The government of India has given us different ways to protest for example, criticizing if we get a proof. Strike with organizations such as the IAC. The Jan Lok Pal movement is a newer movement, which is gaining momentum. We all should always refuse to give and even take bribes and if required we should always report corruption to higher officials or anti-corruption organizations. We should not give up hope no matter how much we get discouraged, We should do what we think is right.