One would find that our country is not any more or less corrupt than any other society. But we are certainly more hypocritical. I would like to point out that if corrupt practices become the way of life, society degenerates and political stability is endangered. One would find that our society has become extremely corrupt and we cannot hope to eradicate it completely but we can at least minimise it. Professor Palmier concedes that while total elimination of corruption will remain a ‘pipe dream’ poor countries unlike the rich will face chaos unless they take some draconian measures to contain it.”
Today the need of the hour is that the citizens must be better informed about their rights so the officials cannot pretend to have powers they do not possess. We all have seen that once the evil of corruption is born, it grows very fast in every field. At one time, it was said that a corrupt society cannot survive for long period, but even this belief has proved a myth. The loud talks of anti-corruption measures, stringent laws and deterrent sentences have no meaning. So long as there are people to offer bribe, there are also people to accept it, directly or indirectly. One would find that people accepting bribes under the table, then come out to raise anti-corruption slogans and urge others to remain honest. We should be honest and our conduct and character should be of distinguishing mark. If this is done, then it is not difficult to end corruption at the levels of life. However, I fail to understand, can we do this?
Vinod C. Dixit
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