Media in the past one month has been gifted a series of scams by our politicians. While the scam thing has become a way of life for us, it still generates a feeling of disappointment deep within us, wondering what the future will be. The main problem is we don’t see a way out of this problem. knowing its almost impossible to defeat this leviathan System, which has the blood of corruption flowing in its veins.
The questions which come to my mind are where is the start of this chain of corruption? What is the root cause – is it really the plummeting ethical standards of society or we need to find answers the Marxist way – through economics? Is this only Indian society which has been plagued by corruption or its a global phenomena, finding its genesis in modern politico-economic systems? Let us try to find out the answers to these questions.
Recently when I was sitting along with a close relative of mine who happens to be a government officer and is “reasonably corrupt”(takes only the ‘legitimised commission’ while ensuring that work is done properly), the CWG news was flashing across the channels. He said calmly, “I don’t why they are shouting so much. Look at our elections, do they think the elections can be fought without tons of black money. Every government official is forced to donate to ruling party fund, where that money will come from?”
His remarks made me think whether Democracy is the thing where it all starts? For once the theory looks perfect, a democracy needs elections, elections are fought based upon the primordial-cum-development issues and the campaigning needs huge amount of money, money is needed for every aspect of electioneering, the allowed amount of money is far from pragmatic and hence the black money chips in. Now to recover that money, every involved entity in the election resorts to more illegal ways. Hence the chain strengthens and becomes a self serving cyclic system.
Take the example of Karnataka government, the way Mr. Yedurappa engineered defections through ‘Operation Kamal’ to come to power, it was nothing but obvious that we’ll see such huge number of scams in the coming years.
So apparently morality is an issue but not the central one. At the centre lies the democracy. Not that other forms of polity like autocracy and communism are free from this phenomenon, but still in those cases if the ruler wants, he can put the house in order, similar thing is not possible in a democratic setup, as to come to power in a mature democracy like India, he’ll need money and hence there are grim chances of anything going right.
After this assertion, another doubt comes to mind that if democracy is the culprit then why democratic developed countries are not corrupt or not so corrupt as the developing ones. Well, I think corruption thrives in all these systems, as we know from their movies since the ‘Godfather’ days. The difference seems to be merely of degree. And they have passed through this phase of rapid economic growth when they faced the same problem of large scale corruptions. Now as they have high standards of living and a nearly ideal Capitalist system, corruption seems to be making least impact on their lives. Honestly, I don’t know anything about Scandinavian countries, how they maintain such high standards of life, but I believe rest of the developed countries are no different than ours.
Cool, but what should we do?
The theories are fine, but what is the solution, or it doesn’t exist at all? I hardly have the answer, the only solution I can think of is time. With the passage of time, I hope our country will attains an equitable society and then this phenomena will whittle away. Also we can expect that our next generations will get progressively more honest than we are, as I see that current generation has definitely improved over it previous one. Till then we have the system looking after itself, first to siphon out the money and then to reveal it. Things are not so bad, at least we know something wrong has happened :-), even if can’t prevent it from happening.