Society & Corruption - Page 3
If a person being victims of corruption is one part, the entire population being victims of administrative or political corruption is an even bigger malaise. Farcical and populist politicians promise civic favors to link them to new funding avenues from which they then divert and siphon off large sums into personal accounts. They do it with total disdain and contempt for every scruple of ethical socio-political conduct and yet put up a brave public face. They manipulate, coerce and even intimidate anyone they perceive detrimental to their evil target. Corruption thus eats into development and population suffers.
Poorer sections are the worst sufferers, since they depend to a greater degree on government support. I belong to a developing nation where the economy is fast improving. Licensing restrictions have been removed to a large extent. Yet, politicians, administrators and persons in certain position are enriching themselves by dubious deals. I’m quite certain when it comes to other under-developed, even developed nations, the situation is not significantly different. Or is it? I’m not well-informed. I had pointed to this issue in a post on my blog titled World Shamelessness Index by including a link to a Google search towards the end of the post. Fights against corruption? Well, I remember having read a lead article sometime back in a national daily which went about analyzing the malaise that afflicted the society and postulated that those that cannot fight corruption end up joining the other group. Such is the engulfing ‘might’ (pun) of corruption and of the corrupt. Cynicism overtakes individuals and groups who try to battle the malady.
As far the different forms of corruption, institutions dealing with corruption and other facts about corruption, I find the Wikipedia page on Corruption quite informative.
Can we rid the ‘utterly broken’ behavior from society? Well, that means fight against might. I know of several non-governmental organizations’ crusades and limited success. Like me, many have short-sighted responses when it comes to action: why should it be me, when I know many others will not jump in and many a crusade has terminated in helplessness. I feel guilty and helpless at the same time.