Friday, January 20, 2012

Corrupt India

India is the 83rd corrupt nation in the Global Corruption Index, a survey of 133 nations conducted by Transparency International (an anti-graft watchdog)!  We are alongside Malawi and Romania recording a score of 2.8 out of 10!  Ten means a country with no corruption. Bangladesh is the most corrupt and Finland the least. Since Independence, we have slowly glided into a corrupt land due to the USSR pattern of governance Nehru adopted, creating a big bureaucracy and never ending formalities and laws thereby institutionalizing corruption. Smt. Indira Gandhi, perpetuated it further by empowering government officials, politicians, police and the judiciary. The rich businessmen, political leaders, vested interests and criminals seem to be the ones who give direction to the policies, laws, rules and regulations of this land.  The whole government machinery has become totally rotten. Scam after scam surface in which the politicians have amassed wealth through graft and other illegal ways.  Is the government promoting and spreading corruption?  Look at the result! One out of three people in India, a fabulously rich nation, today live below the poverty line (earning less than $1/2 a day) and almost half of all our children are malnourished, stunted or underweight. The entire wealth is stacked away as black money by the political leaders and hoarders in secret foreign accounts.  
The laws of the land are always for the poor and the weak. The rich and the powerful are above any law. They, with their money power and connections will always find a way to come out clean with a not-guilty verdict. The poor are hooked by the long arms of the law-enforcing agents and the judiciary. Without adequate resources they cannot find a good lawyer to present their case and in many instances the mighty criminals go scot free and the poor get punished!  The poor are, in general misguided, harassed and exploited. There seems to be a syndicate between the judiciary, government officials and the politicians; could it be the reason why the latter always find a way out from innumerable scams and corruption cases they are charged with.  Further, the powerful media is in the hands of the top political family and its allies and therefore they speak their language. The middle class is being influenced by what the so-called media doles out day by day and they come to support the family and their sycophants who funds these media.  There is a big conundrum here: why is the entire media anti Hindu? Are the ruling Congress funded by rich Moslem nations or rich mafia bosses? Or does the Congress want the votes of the (largely poor) minority community en-block? 

1 comment:

  1. The main reason for corruption is the system of government in which there is no democracy, that is, the dictatorship or authoritarian. In such schemes, the government structures of decision-making focus the power of decision in a few people.
    The lack of transparency of the governmental structure is a favorable factor. Even in democratic regimes can exist and there are usually addicted structures through which the law hinders or even prevents the accountability of decision makers for citizenship. The impediment look oversight of the use of public money by means of citizen access to the interior of the bureaucratic structure of government decision-making and not just the effects of decision making in reality.

    Lack of symmetry of information between members of society. The lack of quality education that is maintained in the majority of the population of most corrupt countries is an extremely favorable to the installation and maintenance of corruption because it creates a vicious circle of corruption activities.

    Even though there are formal democracy, the people just kept ignorant voting for corrupt politicians who only have a speech to protect the disadvantaged. These corrupt politicians, to obtain or maintain political power, force to use political power in corrupt actions with the money of citizens (whether public, coming from the tax office and the State Treasury, whether private capital in the hands of citizens ). This public or private financial capital transferred to the assets or liabilities corrupt agents leaves less economic value to be invested in education.

    In terms of economic theory can also be said that the opportunity cost of capital extracted for corruption is infinite, because there is no gain alternative for society as a whole (for population) and their transfer to the groups of agents corrupt.

    Lack of education policy is also a factor that increases the propensity of citizens not to defend and / or not to exercise their citizenship rights such as freedom of expression or freedom of the press. It also increases the negligence of the country's citizens to defend their social status as a citizen.

    All codadão occupying a public office must have the science to be exercised by the civil service serving society rather than serving themselves from society. We must combat the entrenched culture of corruption in society and this takes time. We live in a time of inversion of values.