CORRUPTION IN INDIA: REGULATORY
I read an article this morning.
“National Anti Corruption Committee (NACC) has compiled a list of government officials who have never accepted bribes and thus would be awarded- perhaps with gold watches!
If anyone wants to know the names of these officials, just send a self addressed stamped envelope to NACC and don’t forget to include a token of your appreciation, preferably in the form of cash. The more you pay the more likely the response.”
At first, I was a little confused. Was the NACC asking for a bribe in the form of ‘token of appreciation’? And then it struck me! This is India…a country where people are so used to corruption that they practice it even if they call themselves National ‘Anti corruption’ Committee.
Corruption as defined by the Oxford dictionary is, “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery”.
To quote Karl Kraus, an Austrian author, “Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual but the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country”. But still corruption is prevalent in most of the countries of the world, including India.
Taking and giving bribes is as common as ‘common cold’! Though earlier the bribes were paid in order to get wrong things done, but now these have to be paid to get the right things done at the right time! Whether bribes be in the form of cash, “gifts” or favors, our government officials and our traffic policemen certainly do not feel ashamed in asking for or accepting these.
In a country where a certain Baba Ramdev sits on a hunger strike to get the Lokpal Bill passed and on the other hand, owns undeclared wealth worth rupees thousands of crores, I wonder what the future would be. If the corruption goes on increasing at this rate, a day may come when the husbands would have to bribe their wives to have children!
In my opinion, the existing laws are fine. Only if the regulation...