The way various corruption scandals have emerged in the past one year in India is unprecedented. The 2G Spectrum scam, CWG scam, Adarsh Housing Society scam, etc. The list goes on. In all these scams, lakhs of crores of rupees have been swallowed by our ministers. It seems that the very soul of an Indian is corrupt. Starting from a peon to the highest people in authority, everybody is corrupt.
But the question arises, why is it that India is so deeply going into the dirt of corruption? The main reason is ‘greed’. It is the greed of our people which never satisfies them. Whether one earns Rs. 10,000 or Rs. 10, 00,000, the greed of earning more never satisfies. The recent revelation of the involvement of the Home Minister, P. Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum scam is both shocking and shameful for our country and shows the depth to which our country is struck in this dirt of corruption.
The problem of corruption lies not only at the high level but at the lower level. However, the reason of corruption, here, is not greed but poverty and the existing corruption at the higher level. The in-hand low salary mixed with high rates of inflation force the common man to leave honesty and move towards corruption. Also, the existing corruption at most of the government offices does not allow the common people to move on the path of honesty and some where or the other they do start corrupting themselves which is certainly an abominable situation.
Something needs to be done severely and immediately to eradicate corruption, otherwise, this poison will destroy our country to that extent that India would never be able to recover from these injuries and consequently, the economic disparities would increase at a faster pace. The first step has already been put forward by the anti-corruption crusader, Anna Hazare by presenting the Jan Lokpal Bill. If the bill gets implemented in the right way, the chances are there of removing, approximately, 50-60% of the corruption from the country. Many other measures are also being taken at the level of the government to eradicate corruption.
But any bill and any measure can never be helpful in removing corruption until we are not determined to eradicate corruption from our souls. We must always remember that corruption starts from the lower level only. Thus, to eradicate corruption completely from our nation, for the independence and betterment of which thousands of people sacrificed their lives, each individual has to become Anna Hazare and say ‘NO’ to corruption. If we fail to bring in this true determination in us, no matter how many measures one presents to eradicate corruption, the situation of our country will always be the same.
In the conclusion, Mahatma Gandhi says, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The quote applies quite well to our situation. Before expecting honesty from other people, we must bring in the change of honesty in ourselves. If everybody will be able to bring this ’Anna’ in himself/herself the problem of corruption will automatically get resolved.