Our nation has been through a long journey to pop up in a list of developing countries, but India is still not counted as a developed country. Where does our nation lag? It’s been so many years since our Independence, and still India cannot count itself in the list of developed nations. Corruption is one of the biggest barricades that our nation faces in its path toward success. Every individual in a state, directly or indirectly, has experienced corruption.
Rich or poor, white or coloured skin, male or female; irrespective of class, race or gender, everyone has been trapped by corruption. We can easily estimate how the net of corruption has been spreading widely for so many years. But who is the spider of this web? Let’s try to find that out.
Corruption or mal politics is a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organisation for personal gain. Globally, it is turning out to be the most serious concern in national politics. It does not focus on the growth of a state or nation. Instead, it primarily throws a spotlight on personal growth. Personal growth, in this competitive world, is not an atrocious thing in itself, but the fact that it is gaining ground via falsehood is a trend that warrants significant perturb. The two words, ‘corruption’ and ‘crime’, should not be misinterpreted. These two are different. Crime refers to hurting someone physically, economically, emotionally or politically. Corruption is a planned crime undertaken not to harm anyone but for personal aim or personal benefits. We may juxtapose corruption with a popular term: scam.
When scam starts, corruption follows close behind. Basically, scam is a deceptive trick used for cheating someone out of something, especially money. Money involved in a scam does not carry any legal verification by government authorities. Till the recent past, numerous scams have been exposed and succeeded by charges of corruption. From the famous 1992 Harshad Mehta Scam to the DIAL Scam of 2012, the PNB Scam of 2018 and the Kerala Gold Smuggling Scam of 2020, India boasts quite a few of them.
Somewhere beyond this, there subsists a corrupted government. It’s not merely a single individual or organisation who is at the root of these scams, there exists a whole government system behind it. Therefore, there is not only one spider weaving this gigantic net, there are various spiders interfolding this net of corruption.
The primary reason for corruption growing in a particular nation is a corrupted government. It would be impossible to stop scams while the government itself indulges in mal politics. Various private institutions are also responsible for corruption on such a large scale. Along with this, bribery and complicated tax systems encourage scamming and corruption. Economic crisis and hike in prices leads to unemployment and a change in the lifestyle of people and are significant reasons for corruption in India as well.
As already discussed, corruption primarily focuses on personal or individual growth. Growth of the society, state and country is not a notion used in the corrupted world. In my opinion, this is a major drawback of political corruption. An individual grows when a nation flourishes with her, simultaneously. Personal growth that contributes to the nation’s growth is regarded as a success. In addition to this, backwardness and poverty are also two dominant outcomes of corruption. It acts as a hindrance for development. Any country with a corrupted system can never show up in a column of developed countries and, due to this same reason, India is not classified as a developed country.
The two declaration above clearly represent why India struggles behind other countries. We cannot indict only a single spider for fabricating this net of corruption, there are classes and genus of spiders weaving this net. One should always say no to corruption.