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Why Indian Political System is Corrupt?

Posted by Admin on April 29, 2014 | Comment

Someone had rightly said that ‘Honest Politician’ is now an oxymoron in India. The anti-corruption crusade that reached its crescendo of popularity is a direct result of public anger over persistent corruption in political system. India has already earned the reputation of a scam-ridden nation where it’s almost a non-issue to have politicians with criminal past and instances of illegal party funding are hardly probed into.

Why Indian Political System is Corrupt

Causes of Corruption in Indian Political System

Nexus between the politicians and the industrialists has often been exposed in the past. Mass-scale corruption prevails during elections and cash-for-votes scandal is now a familiar phenomenon. Allegations of corrupt businessmen funding political parties having a dubious history do indicate that not all is well with the current political system. With almost one-fifth of the election candidates facing criminal charges including extortion, murder, and rape, what ethical qualities and morality one can expect from them? They are the direct contributors towards “criminalization” of politics in India.

International surveys have affirmed time and again that Indian bureaucracy is among the least efficient ones in the world. The country fares poorly when it comes to Corruption Perceptions Index. On this note, it should be mentioned that the practice of stashing away illegal money is not just confined to politicians. It has infected bureaucrats as well. The greed for more doesn’t end there. It has been observed that majority of the government-funded poverty reduction schemes fail to reach the concerned people, as corrupt officials fake records and embezzle fund. Even when it comes to awarding public contracts, corruption penetrates into each step of the process.

Lack of public awareness, illiteracy, and complex laws discourage people from taking steps against corruption. While the Right to Vote is one of the very few means for the citizens to fight this malaise, corruption at the local level prevents people from casting their votes. That’s a gross violation of human and democratic rights.

Impact of Political Corruption in India

Corruption is undoubtedly aggravating our fears of country going further downhill in terms of economic growth. It not only dampens the investors’ spirit but also sends a wrong message to the world. For instance, Commonwealth Games scam did a lot of harm to India’s global image. The unholy nexus between public servants and private players leads to the diversion of public resources from economically useful to useless activities. It affects government revenues and also ensures lower quality of public infrastructure. Moreover, the corruption at political level does reduce government’s capability of investing in social sectors such as education and health.

How to Tackle Corruption in Political System?

There are certain elementary actions that the Indian government should focus on. Firstly, it has to ban the practice of outside funding of political parties during elections. Instead, state-funding of election expenses should be the norm. It has to be ensured that no candidate with criminal records is given the ticket to contest elections. The government would do itself a lot of good if it can empower independent panels to make policies in public interest. The government must ensure that bureaucracy is made more transparent and citizen-friendly. Besides giving more teeth to the anti-corruption bodies such as Lokpal and Vigilance Commission, more fast-track courts should be opened for doling out justice effectively and swiftly.

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