Corruption

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Corruption is the criminal act of dishonesty. It is an evil act said by an individual or a group. Most importantly, people in positions of authority are the most susceptible to corruption. Corruption is a representation of greed and selfish behaviour. India is full of corruption in today’s day and age. The politicians and several leaders of our nation are quite corrupt and hence India’s economy has been suffering.
Some of the common methods of corruption are:
• Bribery – Bribery is the demonstration of offering someone money or something of significant value in order to convince them to accomplish something for oneself.
• Extortion – Extortion is the crime of acquiring something from someone, especially through force or threats.
• Fraud – Fraud is a purposeful deception intended to furnish the culprit with an unlawful gain.
• Embezzlement – Embezzlement alludes to a type of whie-collar crime in which an individual or element abuses the resources dependent on him or her.
• Collusion – Collusion is a non-competitive, secret, and sometimes illegal agreement between rivals which attempts to disrupt the market’s equilibrium. The act of collusion involves people or companies which would typically compete against one another, but who conspire to work together to gain an unfair market advantage.
• Abuse of discretion – Abuse of discretion is a norm by which appellate courts review certain decisions by lower courts.
• Favouritism, nepotism and clientism – Favouritism, nepotism and clientism include preferring of not the culprit of corruption, but rather somebody identified with them, such as a friend, relative or member of an affiliation.
• Cronyism – Cronyism is the arrangements of companions and partners to places of power, without proper regard to their capabilities
• Patronage – Patronage is the help, advantage, or moneytary guide that an association or individual gives on another
“You know, it’s pretty easy reading this book to see why I was angry and confused for all those years. I lived my life being told different stories: some true, some lies and I still don’t know which is which. Children are born innocent. At birth we are very much like a new hard drive – no viruses, no bad information, no crap that’s been downloaded into it yet. It’s what we feed into that hard drive, or in my case “head drive” that starts the corruption of the files.”
― Nikki Sixx, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

The Government should take steps to do away with corruption. They should put up banners and hoardings throughout the city. Advertisements should be given. Hand outs should be distributed outside public buildings regarding these matters. Advertisements should be played on national television in order to spread this knowledge far and wide. The Government should include this in the curriculum for young children in order to educate them about corruption. Parents should encourage their children to fight against corruption. Children should be introduced to proper laws. The capacity to decide what is right and what is wrong should be instilled into them from a very young age. Going ahead, this will ensure a brighter future for India.