Corruption in India

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Corruption in India.

As the reverend Mahatma would have said that, the throng must have promised to do the same. Today, the same sentence but with “not” being superfluous, is agreeable. Recent time is witnessing a sharp fall in the values and morals of human beings. Evincing the very fact, India has been ranked 94th by Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. The former U.N. Secretary General, Kofi Annan said,” Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on the society. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violation of the human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and it allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish Corruption has today assumed alarming proportions. The demon of corruption has taken a massive shape from horizon to zenith. Right from bribing our children to go to school to our last breathe, almost every citizen of the nation; lives corrupt. A series of factors burgeon the cause. The underlying principle is but of course, the eternal hunger and greed for money, power, position or a favor; which overrides our sense of judgment and humanity. The causes of corruption in India include excessive regulations, complicated taxes and licensing systems, numerous government departments each with opaque bureaucracy and discretionary powers, monopoly by government controlled institutions on certain goods and services delivery, and the lack of transparent laws and processes.The mammoth appetite of those in entrusted positions and the weak morals and determination of the citizens; together weave a web to trap the development of both the individual and the nation. Myriad studies prove clean countries grow at a much higher pace than those battling the omnipresent monster. In India itself, reduction in corruption levels would mean an extra 4-5% G.D.P. growth. The inflation...