While the nation has succeeded in creating a niche for itself in every field and has become a force to reckon with at the global level today, yet it is quite unfortunate that it continues to battle against the cancer of corruption that has assumed monstrous dimensions. While the selected fiscal bene- ficiaries of corruption feel that it is an easy source for their economic up-gradation they do not understand and realize that even more thriving economy can be created by controlling this kind of corruption through proper systemic restraints as a result of which every individual in the society will be the beneficiary as it will thrive the Indian economy on the whole and not only a selected class. The unscrupulous class indulging in this social evil should not undermine the adage ‘Corruption breeds Poverty and Poverty breeds Corruption.’ India during its freedom struggle showed to the whole world that Ahinsa or non violence is the best panacea to rid the society of any kind of evil or achieving any goal in the interest of the nation but unfortunately this nation is reeling under a system where corruption rules the roost despite varied efforts by the stakeholders in the socie- ty. Corruption in any form including Embezzlement, Nepotism, Bribery, Extortion, Influence, Peddling, Fraud, etc is eating into the vitals of the society in India.
It has permeated into the very fabric of the society.
There are corrupt businessmen, teachers, engineers, doctors, bureaucrats, politicians and others. However politicians and bureaucrats are most of the times sin- gled out as culprits, the reason being that they are elected and appointed samples of the society and need to show unflinching qualities of integrity, character and uprightness thus proving to be role models for the com- mon masses of this nation. If the things are allowed to move the way they exist then corruption will eventually run wild and cross every limit of condonation. Therefore it is high time that all the stakeholders in the society unite to defeat this hydra headed monster and in such circumstances there is a dire need especially for the politicians and bureaucrats to take lead in this fight for which first and foremost they will have to change their mindset. It would not be wrong to state that the alarm- ing situation of corruption across the nation can be well gauged from the observations made by a High Court judge calling on the citizens to launch a non-coopera- tion movement if the government fails to curb corrup- tion. He was absolutely right in observing that the tax- payers are in deep anguish and the government as well as mandarins in corridors of power need to understand their excruciating pain. He went on further asserting that there is an onerous responsibility on those who govern to prove to the taxpayers that eradication of cor- ruption would not turn out to be a forlorn hope for them.
It is a reality that corruption is a hydra-headed monster and needs to be fought jointly with utmost determina- tion. While the incumbent Govt is leaving no stone unturned in curbing corruption by initiating multiple ini- tiatives, yet much more needs to be done to achieve optimum success.