Corruption as we know it is the misuse of national resources for one’s own personal benefit as hoarding money, property or assets which belong to someone else. Corruption is deviation from an ideal behavior. Why we deem politicians and government employees as corrupt? Because they have two things in common “power of authority” and “knowledge that they are not in harm’s way” Corruption today seems to be necessary to get our work done. Without bribery it our work will be delayed or it may never get done, or in a worst case one might end up in more trouble by not paying a bribe. Outside, Bribes are very common; to save 500 Rs, give 50 Rs to the traffic police; To get your passport done pay 200Rs to the local police investigator; A builder gifts a flat to a civil engineer to get bigger plans passed; Pharmaceutical companies give travel packages to doctors for promoting their goods. Industrial giants pay huge sums of money to electrical inspectors for stealing electricity, the list never comes to an end. But when did all this begin? Or where does its roots lie?
On a smaller scale we do it daily may be by offering a chocolate to a child for eating his meal; by giving a toy to a child if he completes his homework or gets good grades; by a wife to her husband for getting a new necklace. All corruption on a small scale, isn’t it? So from where did corruption come? Did the British bring it with themselves or did the moguls leave it behind? Or is it older? We know of historical instances about kings, ministers, courtiers being corrupt. Hindu Religion tells about Manthra in Ramayana while Indra, Shakuni and Duryodhana in Mahabharata; The whereabouts of Jesus before his crucification were revealed by one of his corrupted disciples, Adi-Shankracharya was given water with glass pieces in it to kill him by his closest disciple. We are in one way or the other corrupt, misusing resources: be it( money time or energy ). From child hood our brains are programmed with...
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