Corruption: The Binding Factor in India

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Neither Shahrukh nor Salman Khan,

Neither India vs. Pakistan,

The most common thing that unites everyone, the force that binds every sphere, the most common thing in our nation…

What could it be, other than corruption? 

 
What makes India more famous on the international front? The accolades of Master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar or Amitabh Bachhan, or the nefarious nexus of the torchbearers of corruption in India like Kalmadi or Sheila Dixit.

It is next to impossible to find any area stigmatized by corruption in our country; whether it is schools, colleges, offices or politics. The tentacles of ogre of corruption are so deep rooted that scams have become conventional in India. India is endowed with a list of world-class high profile scams, which proves that corruption is the major force binding every individual from the grass root to the top level.

Let’s have a glance at a few of these scams;

  • Indian Coal Allocation Scam 2012 (1,86,000 crores)

This scam dwarfs the other scams due to the enormous amount involved and this happened under the government of Dr. Manmohan Singh.

  • Commonwealth Games Scam 2010 (70,000 crores)

Another feather in the cap of Indian scandal list is Commonwealth Games loot. Even before the long awaited sporting affair could see the day of light, the splendid event was sodden in the accusations of corruption.

  • Satyam Scam 2009 (14,000 crores)  

The scam at Satyam Computer Services is something that dashed the tranquility of Indian investors beyond repair.


And, frankly, I am short of space and words to list down all the iridescent deeds of the offenders, that gave India a global recognition in the field of corruption and indeed, we are probably at the top notch of the most corrupted countries.

It is true that a cricket match of India and Pakistan arouses the patriotic fervor of every citizen but, for a day or two. What is prevalent in every individual in the present spectrum of time is the practice of under-the-table activities. We, Indians altogether celebrate the victory or release of a Salman Khan movie but the most celebrated feat is the regnant corruption in our country.

It is an undeniable fact to sight people cheering a Sachin Tendulkar shot or a Harbhajan Singh delivery, not caring about the state they come from or the language they speak. Bollywood stars are an idol for the common lot and movies like ‘A Wednesday’, ‘Airlift’, ‘Oh My God’ unite the entire country under one roof in terms of views and beliefs. Kabir Bedi aptly said in an interview, ”Bollywood is the most potent symbol of India. It has promoted (communal) unity. It has promoted Hindi as India’s national language. Bollywood unites India.”

Amidst all this, we tend to give a backseat to the fact that Transparency International reports state that about 40% of Indians had firsthand experience of paying bribes or using a contact to get a job done in public office. According to a 2010, The Hindu article, unofficial estimates indicate that Indians had over US$1,456 billion in black money stored in Swiss banks (approximately US$1.4 trillion). All these reports and surveys hold mirrors to the common man, that the authorities are minting their hard earned money to fill their own kitty, in disguise of development of people and infrastructure in the country. Even the whistle-blowers of corruption tend to shun away from uplifting the veil of corruption, fearing the high and might of the corrupted lot.

But now, it is high time that we comprehend that corruption should not unite us, instead we should stand united against corruption. The way we all stand united to support cricket or Bollywood, similarly we all should unite to eradicate corruption; as we cannot let a developing country like India fall prey at the hands of crooked and tainted people.

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