Patriotism. What does that word mean to you? Let me tell you what I think it should mean. Patriotism is not about boasting and believing that my country has no problems and it is just perfect. Patriotism is about realizing that my country has a problem and I will do something about it. Our problem for India is corruption.
There are more than 1.21 billion people 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 population is being cheated out of their right to have an equal chance in society. Money coveted by corruption is estimated to be at a 100% rise annually. Trillions of rupees are being stashed away while 80% of the population works for 30-50 rupees per day. Its as if the honest are poor and the crooks are rich. India is a rich country with poor people.
Corruption has become a routine in many sections of the government. Politics is an example-criticized everyday. Parliament members are accused and tried of corruption related crimes and all kinds of ministers are brought down after being caught in scams. Bureaucracy corruption is a pain that common people face everyday. A study showed that 50% of the people had first hand experience with using bribes or influence peddling to get a job done in a public office. It is disgusting to think that we have to pay bribes to a person just to do his job. 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 illegal ways. Tendering corruption is wrong and even dangerous.
Many state funded construction activities have a deep-dark hidden hand behind them. These hidden...